Wisdom teeth extraction – my experience.

Ah I’ve gone on another unofficial break from this blog. To be fair, I forgot what was the email I used for this blog and I recently deleted all my cache from my browser (cos it was making my computer lag so much) which meant that I was essentially locked out of my own account. Silly me. I tried every email I have and ding ding ding one of them clicked. So I’m back here now. Hello!

I just had my wisdom teeth operation/day surgery on Monday and am pretty much a mute for now – I can only speak babytalk, everything comes out muddled haha. Anyway, it was a pretty much painless procedure since I was under GA and not LA. GA just made sense to me, even though it was more expensive, cos since I’m a very queasy-to-blood person, I don’t think I could have calmed my shit while the dentist was drilling my mouth to get to the unsurfaced wisdom tooth. The anaesthetist was really friendly before the procedure – he prepped me a lot on what to expect. Especially cos of my diaphragmatic hernia condition which can lead to complications (but thankfully it didn’t!)

It was rather scary to walk up to the operating theater room and lie back on the bench-thing though. I felt very much like the sacrificial lamb voluntarily going to its death. It all turned out fine though! I couldn’t even remember when I was knocked out. One moment, I was breathing in the ‘happy gas’ (that’s what they called it) and feeling a slight burning sensation in my left arm as they administer the GA, and the next moment I was groggily waking up in the recovery room. Modern medicine is incredible.

Right now, I’m slowly progressing to half solids food cos I can’t stomach the idea of another day of just porridge and hitting the painkillers whenever the pain comes. Which is pretty painful. It’s like numbingly on one side of my face – the right one, where the unsurfaced wisdom tooth was – and I can’t even do anything but moan and groan about it whenever it hits. Oh well. It should get better soon.

Oh yeah, I also found out I’m allergic to amoxicillin! They were prescribed to me as part of my antibiotics but they gave me so much itchiness, it was a pain. At first, I thought it was cos I haven’t taken my night shower but when the itchiness remained after showering, I knew it had to be the meds. No further action needs to be taken though; apparently I just need to inform the doc at my next appointment next week of the incident and hopefully they’ll prescribe something else? Very strange, I thought antibiotics is super important to finish.

I’m quite proud of myself for getting through such a procedure. Getting rid of all 4 wisdom teeth is quite a feat, especially for a little scaredy cat like me. #gettingoutofthecomfortzone

 

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Afterwit.

Went to try Mexican food with Amanda on Thursday! Can’t believe I miss this girl so much haha, it’s pretty true that going on trips can either make or break it for friendships/relationships. Thank God it was the former for us.

Anyway we went to Afterwit at North Bridge Road; one of the only halal Mexican restaurants/cafes in SG.  I love North Bridge Road/Haji Lane area; there’s so much food I want to try.

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The food was pretty good even though we had a 40 min wait cos it was peak lunch hour. Silly us. But the time passed by quickly cos we always had something to say. Also the place has a nice chill vibe – they even have card games on hand – so we didn’t feel pressured to eat quickly and leave. In fact, I think we were the last ones out during the lunch hours. Quite interesting to see a crowded restaurant turn empty.

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How to finish I tell you.

The quantity of the food is definitely a lot. I had Cajun Chicken Tacos whilst Amanda had some cheeseburger-burrito-with-Mexican-rice combination and we shared nachos for starters. On hindsight, we probably would have been fine without the starters haha. I ended up not finishing my food but thankfully they allowed me to pack up the leftovers! #dontwastefood #savetheearth

#tokyo2016

Note: this is a really long overdue post. It’s been about 2 weeks or so since I’ve been back and I’m just writing this post haha. Typical me.

Anyway, this is not a day-by-day recap of the trip. It’s more of a what-I-felt-throughout-the-trip kind of post.

First of all, I have to thank Amanda for being such a great and accommodating travel partner! It’s highly unlikely she’ll see this post but that doesn’t mean thanks aren’t in order (though I have thanked her IRL too hehe). But yes, she was a really amazing travel partner. Tokyo was really more of my dream destination for a grad trip rather than hers so I’m forever grateful for her to saying ‘yes’ in the first place since my parents were adamant that I not travel solo or travel with guy friends only (still quite sore over this point but oh well what can I do). We even took a totally impromptu trip to Mount Takao to hike! By impromptu I mean looking up on Google that very same morning haha. I love spontaneity. And even though hiking isn’t my thing – I gave up halfway up the 3.1km nature trail – she still was so sporting and encouraged me all the way 🙂 I knew that our personalities wouldn’t clash on the trip but still it’s very nice to see a trip go well with no hiccups behaviour/personality-wise.

Takaosanguchi station. Even their railway stations are so pretty oh my.

Hiking up the mountain. It was around this point where I started regretting the decision to take the natural route instead of the easier trail haha. Still. Good memories made. Also, doesn’t this look like a scene off My Neighbour Totoro? 😀

The view I was rewarded with at the halfway point! Cool winds made it all the more worth it. And that’s Tokyo in the distance. Didn’t realise we had travelled quite a bit outside the city.

That didn’t mean that our trip was completely smooth-sailing though. No, it was far from that haha. We got lost so many times even I was astounded. The highlight was during the second last day where we planned to go to Chiba, just outside Tokyo to take in the countryside and get away from the city for a while. Being city-kids and Singaporean kids at that, we both thought that Chiba was just an MRT station – at most, maybe a housing estate like Pasir Ris or Choa Chu Kang. But nope. It turns out Chiba was a whole province and that the places we wanted to see were scattered all over. Hahahaha. So we settled on Sawara in the end and it was beautiful! It’s pretty much preserved from the Edo period so there were all these beautiful traditional houses separated by a canal in the middle of the street which was very cool.

Sawara is so beautiful. We went on a weekday so there was really nobody out on the streets exploring like us. It was amazing. Felt like we were in our own time bubble.

A post about Tokyo or Japan in general would not be adequate without any mention of the people there. I swear, they are the most friendliest people I’ve ever met. Beats even the Scots which I thought was pretty high up there on the Friendly Chart already. They really do help you out when you’re in need; sometimes without even you asking. Many trainmasters and just ordinary people have come up to us after looking at our lost faces and offering advice on how to go on our journey even though they can’t speak fluent English. I did catch some Japanese that they were saying (thank you anime and J-pop) but it was basically just a sign and body language communication. It’s amazing. And the service from the shops! I bought a scone on the way to Narita on the last day and the sales lady gave me a small tote bag to put the bagged scone in. A tote bag. For a scone. Wow.

Me and Amanda on the plane back to Changi. 5 days but it was a really great trip!

Safe to say that I really did enjoy myself on this trip. Tokyo was my dream for so long and it was the perfect place to go after ending my undergraduate education. I can’t wait to explore more of Japan and the world once I’m permanently employed hehe.

(Hint: I’m already planning a sisters-only trip to Seoul/Korea in Oct 2017 once the sister is done with her N Levels. BTS, PHJ, SJK, wait for me pls.)

Side note: all photos were taken with my iPhone 6 so apologies for any graininess! Also, they are all unedited since I am a complete noob when it comes to that haha.