Still Waiting to be Crowned

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 10:13 pm by Libbie


Thank you to many of you who prayed for me today that the Novocain would be effective in numbing my tooth. I regret to report that the Lord must have had other things in mind, because once again the Novocain didn’t take.

To be more accurate, the problem is not so much that I don’t respond to the drug as that it’s just really hard to locate the right nerve. It is not uncommon for nerves to be rearranged during wisdom tooth extraction (in fact that may be done somewhat intentionally to protect the nerves from permanent damage during the process), and it seems that mine must have gotten quite substantially relocated when I had my wisdom teeth out years ago. Wherever the nerve in question ended up, it is apparently not anywhere near any place where it should be. There is also some complication from a reaction I have to one type of anesthetic, and the other alternative is one that diffuses more generally through tissues rather than staying concentrated in one small area. So after five shots I was numb or tingling from my mouth up past my temple, back behind my ear, down the side of my neck, and over my whole cheek up to my eye, but the lower left jaw remained stubbornly sensitive. For those of you who are old enough to remember Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, you’ll be amused to hear that because parts of my throat and tongue were out of commission, when I tried to talk I sounded like Lily Tomlin’s telephone operator character on that show—only worse.

I felt badly taking up valuable real estate in the dentist’s office again for hours, but she was patient and encouraging as ever. We’ve re-scheduled for Friday if my jaw is ready for more, but at this point I’m in a fair amount of pain, so it could get pushed back to Monday.

Thank you for your concern and support. Don’t know what the Lord is up to, but it’s nice to have company on the journey!



  1. Craig Higgins said,

    March 30, 2006 at 11:56 am

    Being married to a woman who had some bad experiences with dentists in early childhood (a problem I never had), I have some sympathy. We’ll be praying; this pain you don’t need right now!

    But I did laugh out loud at one point: “We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the phone company.”

  2. Daniel Oden said,

    April 4, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Aren’t we all…

    (in reference to the title)

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