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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm teething... at 30!

For the past couple days I've been in some of the most intense pain I've ever experienced, as 1 of my stupid wisdom teeth has decided to rear it's nasty little head in my 30 year old mouth!  A little late, don't ya think little guy?! 

After lunch with Okk and Monica at a fantastic Japanese restaurant and gelato on the beach afterwards (that's a story for another day and time!) I went to Okk's dentist to have him take a look at my tooth.  The office was a surprisingly gorgeous, state of the art place, right near my apartment.  Bad news was, I went alone, and NO ONE spoke a lick of English!   The nurse literally just stood over me, staring at my face and hair, until the dentist came.  Awkward a bit?! For some Koreans, it's their first time ever seeing a foreigner up close! 
Apparently I was the lucky first for her!

So, there I was, laying comfortably in my padded chair, watching my own personal TV,

while the dentist was looking around in my mouth, when all of a sudden I was unpleasantly disturbed by a gigantic needle entering my mouth!  Hello, can I get a warning, please?! Luckily I made it though the whole ordeal, and for the astoundingly low price of $4.00!  And yes, that's the price without insurance!  Such a deal, eh?!  Bad news was, he said my tooth needs to come out!  Uuuuggghhhh!  Here I was thinking I was free and clear of the dreaded wisdom teeth extraction fiasco, but now I have to get it done in a foreign country! Lovely!

So, Thursday is my big day!  Good news is, I asked today, and the total price for pulling my wisdom tooth will be $19!  I'll be going to work and then meeting Aaron at 4:00pm to go to the dentist's office.  He's my support, and will hopefully wipe the drool from my mouth when I can't swallow, and feed me ice cream in bed all day!  Aaron, I hope you're reading this!  My favorite flavor is vanilla!

Then, Friday I'll be heading back to work!  There's NO rest for the weary in Korea!  If you're not dying, you come to work, regardless of the 11 days you're given of sick leave each year!  Luckily, Okk and I had scheduled to show an English movie on Friday, so I'll just lay in the back of the room with gozz in my mouth and motion with my hands when I need something!  haha! Wish me luck! 


  1. EEEK!!! I will be thinking of you (and your gums!)

    If it makes you feel any better, Kyle had to have his wisdom teeth taken out on a Sunday morning by the shadiest denstist ever (literally had the southwest lobby "artwork" for sale), he was awake and felt the whole thing! we paid $200 with insurance for that - so at least you are getting a deal!!!

    Let us know how you are doing Friday!

  2. Oh man! If I can feel everything I'm gonna cry... or DIE! I'm not too sure! That's terrible!