Monday I got a tooth pulled. The tooth was not hurting but had broken. As Easter is fast getting here I couldn't take a couple days to recuperate. Anyway, to calm my nerves, the dentist gave me a script for valium. (I've never had it before and was scared about taking it). The tooth pulling experience itself wasn't bad. My mom drove me home, helped me feed my animals, and I went to sleep. I woke at 9 pm, in horrible pain. I took something for the pain. It did nothing. The pain kept me up the rest of the night or at least until 4 am when I finally got back to sleep. I got up took care of the animals, went to work. I went over to the dentists's office, told them what had happened and that I wanted something to help me sleep, since sleep had eluded me. They said I could take a valium to help me sleep. And that sometimes pain medicine will get you out of pain but then keep you awake. I said but I am not out of pain, the pain is keeping me awake. The bad part was that they called and asked my mom how I was doing and she said fine, all things considering. They disregarded the "all things considering." I said Mom, you know I'm miserable, why did you say that. They'll dsregard everything I say now. The scary valium Didn't work to help me sleep. I ended up being up the better part of the night. Had I felt even a wee bit better I'd have made candy. So I ended up sitting on a bench outside my shop crying. Around 4 am, I was exhausted enough to sleep. I was afraid to take anything with that pill. I went back to the dentist's and begged for something to help me sleep. They said to get Advil PM. I said. On a scale of 1 - 10, my pain is at a 7 the pain med brings it to a 5, I don't think its strong enough and besides I am not able to sleep for the pain. I said maybe there is some other reason for the pain, like another tooth is hurting or something, or maybe I need antibiotics. Request denied. I did get some sleep last night - about 6 hours. So in the past 72 hours, I've had about 10-12 hours of sleep. So today, I asked for something to help with the pain for Thursday (today) and Friday. This witch comes from the dentist's office and says that I should take advil and tylenol PM at night. I said that you just said the opposite of what the other girl said, that she said not to take Tylenol PM, but Advil PM. I said besides I get a lot of relief from this herbal medicine that has bromelain in it but that bromelain is a blood thinner. She yelled at me not to have gauze in my mouth, which I haven't for 2 days. But had said that the cut was bleeding still. And that sinceshe had not heard of this herbal medicine (which I got from my osteopath as an anti-inflammatory herb, really helps with swelling too) that I should not take that eithr (I told her I got it from a health food store) I said that I have not heard of someone taking pain meds as their moring coffee. She said my husband does everyday. He can drive 12 states on percocet. Then the witch, Kelly, says "Everything that you are going through is self-inflicted." I said "everything is not my fault. I would have preferred to do this after Easter when I could take a day off. I have orders to get out. You have no idea what I am going through." She said "yes I do - it was a simple extraction and the only reason that it hurts is because you smoke." I said it hurts because it hurts. It hurts more than you think it should, And it is not my fault. If it didn't hurt, I'd have been able to sleep. I began to cry. I pretty much cried the rest of the day. I went over to my Grandmamas and cried on her shoulder. But when I went back to work, her words haunted me and all I could think of all the things that I had thought of when being awake and hoping for sleep, like how much I miss my Dad, about my hens that predators got. Then the first girl, the receptionist came in and brought me a script for antibiotics. (asked for those yesterday). She said the dentist said to just take advil and advil PM. I said but this stuff helps me pointing to the herbal stuff - my osteopath gave it to me. She said Oh, well then in that case its ok. They do not get the name of my osteopath, not their business. I have been seeing this dentist for 20 years. Now I want a different dentist. OK yes I smoke, but I always cut way down when I have something done medically. Anyways, just needed to vent.