I had a bout of trigeminal neuralgia that didn't let up for three years (cranial VII was involved as well just for good measure) and I can't imagine dealing with in-laws and christmas cooking on top of all that. what a trooper!
as an aside, a dear friend of mine recently had an upper wisdom extraction go wrong and he ended up with a neat hole punched between his hard palate and his sinuses. I asked him if he could floss it with a piece of cooked spaghetti, and he replied that he'd rather not die of sepsis.
you know why a barber's pole is red-and-white striped, right?
- to mimic the bloodstained bandages traditionally wrapped around a pole to advertise dental extraction (and other surgical) services