I thought I would take a few moments to tell you how we celebrated Valentine’s Day. As we have done in past years, we had been planning to enjoy a steak dinner in the comfort of our own home. Mr. Handsome is a grilling pro, and he got a great deal on ribeyes several weeks ago, which we then froze.
On Thursday, the day before Valentine’s Day, I started experiencing pain in my front lower teeth. That night, the pain became so terrible that I took Advil and literally sat up in bed for 30 minutes trying to stay calm while it kicked in. On Friday morning, an x-ray revealed that one of my bottom teeth had died and was in sudden need of a root canal, so that’s what I spent most of the rest of the day doing.
It was a far from pleasant experience, but I was grateful for a cure for the terrible pain. And to think that 200 years ago, the tooth would have likely been pulled makes me grateful for modern medicine. Archaelogical findings have determined that primitive procedures to treat infections inside the root of a tooth have been performed for as long as a couple thousand years. The modern root canal process, however, was only developed in 1838 and was not widely practiced until more recently.
The same thing happened to one of my other teeth about 15 years ago, so it’s a procedure that I am unfortunately familiar with. Thankfully, with the help of Advil, I was still able to enjoy some steak that evening. Mr. Handsome made it really juicy, so it wasn’t hard to chew. It worked out well that we hadn’t planned to go out, as I would not have felt up to that.
So now I have two questions for you. What did you do for Valentine’s Day? And have you ever had a root canal?