I was just thinking how I’d never thought much about my ethics when it came down to medicine and being ill. I will quite happily starve rather than go into a Mc Donalds but if I’ve got tooth ache I’ll take anything that will relieve the pain.
I’m suffering at the moment after having my wisdom teeth out, my face is swollen , I can’t feel my tounge and I can’t open my mouth properly. I’ve been given an arm full of tablets for the swelling, pain and antibiotics. I’ve done without the paracetamol but I’ve taken the others, not because I’m brave but it’s just not painful, just uncomfortable. If it starts hurting I’ll be taking the painkillers too.
To be honest I’m too afraid of getting an infection not to take the others. I’m also using a strong chemical mouthwash instead of just warm salt water, which works just as well. I think it’s all down to having had tooth ache so many times the thought of having it again or some other mouth infection is just to much of an incentive not to reach for the chemicals.
Also because I can’t eat I’ve been having these ‘Enrich plus’ milkshakes. They are full of chemicals and E numbers but I need something. I have had some homemade soup but it’s ran out and I don’t have a liquidiser just a hand blender so I still choke on the chunks.
I don’t know if it’s my lack of commitment or my long running fear of teeth troubles but I’m sticking with the tablets for now. I’m not against modern medicine, for many people it’s life or death but I just don’t like all the side effects you get from supposedly low risk medicine. For example as I type this I keep making mistakes and when I stand up I feel drunk, not that it’s such a bad thing, I’d just rather be doing the drinking part.