I woke up with a toothache a few months ago and decided it was best to ignore it and surely it would just go away. I did a fantastic job of not dealing with it until a couple days ago when I woke up in such pain I couldn’t move my entire right side. After wishing it away, downing Advil and getting a massage, I decided it was time to face the dentist. Indeed, what ensued was an emergency root canal. As I was laying there with way too many items in my mouth, I began to think about how fortunate I have been to be healthy. Just the thought of this darn root canal posing an obstacle to my work, workout schedule and daily activities was upsetting. How do people cope with chronic pain? It must be challenging not only physically, but mentally as well. To think that the majority of us worry about those last 5 or 10 pounds our whole lives when there are people who struggle to function on a daily basis seems ridiculous. So, besides the root canal curing my pain, and my endodontist being cute, it delivered a few other lessons:
- Don’t take your health for granted.
- Be empathetic to those who are in pain.
- Enjoy your athleticism and abilities and don’t be so hard on yourself.
- Sweeping things under the rug never works- they always come out and usually larger than when you did the initial sweep!
AUTHOR: Bex Urban
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