I was down on the Cape yesterday and today, enjoying some time with my family and getting some dental work done.
The novacaine lasted for FIVE HOURS. I spent the afternoon at my parents' house, waiting for the swelling and numbness to go away so that I could eat lunch then drive the 3.5 hours home, and the wait was hard. Opening my mouth hurt, but even closing it all the way hurt, so I ended up looking like a slack-jawed idiot for hours. I felt like such a slug, sitting in front of the TV with my fat, numb face... when normally at that time on a Tuesday, I would have been in yoga class! I sure did miss it today!!
Finally I gave up waiting for the novacaine to wear off, and packed some Chinese food leftovers to bring with me in the car, figuring I could just pull over somewhere to eat once I actually regained feeling in/control of the right side of my face. First I stopped by the beach before it got dark, to hang out with the full moon... and the beach was as soul-nourishing as always. You can see I'm much happier at the beach, even though my mouth is still a little weird!