Things went well, but I still had to chase a doped-up Tim around when we got home from the oral surgeon. He insisted on going to see his mom to show her he was okay and then on taking a shower. All this despite shambling around like something out of The Walking Dead — with only slightly greater awareness of his surroundings.
I narrowly — and slightly harrowingly — avoided him blood-drooling on his clothes while he undressed; I even kept most of it from getting on the floor (thank goodness for tile). And after the shower he passed out for a few hours.
He ended up waking up around 2 a.m., but I suppose five hours of anesthesia would probably throw off anyone’s sleep schedule. So he watched TV and somehow did several loads of laundry.
We’ve already been to see the oral surgeon once, and he was happy with how things looked after just one day. We’re seeing him again on Monday.
Happily, Tim’s not in a lot of pain. Or fibromyalgia just readied him for it. Either way, he’s only taken a couple of Vicodin. He likes to keep a clear head, so he’s been subsisting mainly on the prescription-grade Motrin. Even then it’s less about pain than about swelling. Luckily, we have multiple ice packs, so he just throws one of those on when his cheeks start to mimic Chip and/or Dale.
The main annoyance is the soft foods diet. At this point, we’re on the softest of soft foods, which is incredibly restrictive. For the past two days he’s subsisted on only yogurt, pudding, hot chocolate and a single soft serve sundae from Dairy Queen. We have soups and other options, but he doesn’t yet feel up for things with any chunks in them.
In short, he’s very hungry. It’ll be a relief when he’s at least able to handle clam chowder and maybe even a little pasta. We’ve already planned his triumphant return to solid food in two weeks with a trip to Outback. I’ll buy a discounted gift card at Raise or Cardpool (Dollar Dig and TopCashBack have the best rates).
Other than that, the only news is that we’ve managed to stay more or less on track spending-wise.
That’s impressive because we loaded up on groceries right before his oral surgery, and we needed to replace a dying lightning cord for the iPad and iPod. I couldn’t do much about the cost of food, but I was able to find a better price on charge cord. It turns out that Amazon has well-reviewed, Apple-certified versions for 1/4 the cost. Even so, $15.56 for two six-foot cords is a bit more than half our new average daily spending.
I plan to keep an even keener eye on expenses than usual. There’s nothing like a $13,271 credit card charge to make you very interested in staying on budget. #OralSurgery #CreditCardRewards #WhenMedicalBillsMakeYouSick
Have you guys found any great savings on off-brand/generic items lately? Anyone have any soft food, little-to-no-cooking-involved suggestions for Tim?