My son had a wisdom tooth removed yesterday. I think it worked, he lost some common sense. As the nurse was going over the post operative instructions, she got very serious and said to me, "Your job is to watch him. Make sure he doesn't ride his motorcycle, or drive a car.". I think she could tell, just in the few minutes that she talked to him, that he wasn't going to be very good about listening to the doctor's post-op advice. Of course, he was still coming out of anesthia, but at one point she said she was going to take him to the car in a wheelchair. He said, "I'm fine! I bet I could do a hand stand right now!" The scary thing was, if we had asked him to, he would have tried. He kept saying, in a voice that sounded like he was drunk, "I feel totally normal!".
One of the strict instructions she gave to me was that he was not to go up any stairs for 24 hours. She suggested he just sleep on the couch, and watch videos all day. When we got home, I was getting my things out of the car, and he charged ahead of me and was up the stairs before I could even get in the house, despite my warnings to not attempt going up. I told him he could just stay up there for the remainder of the time. Later in the day I was helping my neighbor put a car top carrier on top of her car, and here came my son asking if we needed help! I could not convince him that he shouldn't have come down the stairs! I should have given him the middle name, "Exasperation".
Another instruction was that he shouldn't eat anything hard, or with seeds. He shouldn't have crunchy peanut butter, or even fruits like strawberries that have little seeds in them. She explained that if a seed got caught in the site of his operation, he could get an infection. He kept insisting the he would just eat on the other side of his mouth, but I just brought him other food instead.
Last night he insisted he was going to go to work today. That was something I asked the nurse about. She said absolutely not. Even if someone else drove him, his pain meds would make him sleepy, making it difficult to work. As we talked about it last night, he insisted that he could go to work without any problem. Finally, exasperated that he wouldn't listen to common medical sense, I explained to him about "Dry socket", and that there are complications that he never imagined. I told him that the doctors give advice for a reason, and he may not know the reason, but I had experienced some of those things and knew how bad it could get. I think he was finally convinced. He didn't attempt to go to work today.
I'm very happy that he isn't in pain, and doesn't have the problems that most patients of wisdom tooth extraction have. But at the same time, I have to admit that it doesn't seem fair that everyone else I know had a horrible recovery, and he doesn't feel any different than if he had lost a childhood tooth. But I know that if I don't keep on him to do what was asked by the doctor, he could end up with some of those same problems. Hmmm, maybe intead of losing wisdom when you get your teeth out, it gives you wisdom. I had 4 out, so I got a little more wisdom than he did with his one. ;)