Today it was A.J.'s turn to go through this right of passage...He had all 4 of them removed. The top two weren't too bad, but the bottom two were totally horizontal, and impacted. They had started to affect his jaw bone, so it was definitely time to get them yanked. Thankfully I know an awesome oral surgeon very near by, so we were able to take care of it quickly today.
A.J.'s nerves were a little on edge this morning, which was totally understandable. I have learned that when he gets nervous, he makes jokes, and chit-chats 90 miles an hour. It is funny and very endearing.
He did great today though, and once he was settled in the chair, he was ready to get things rolling. The surgery itself took only about 45 minutes, and before we knew it they called us back to help him get up and get to the car. A.J. was given "laughing gas" before he got his IV to really knock him out. As he came out of the anesthesia he really was laughing. He was so relieved that it was over so easily. The funniest thing to us was listening to him say how he could walk to the car on his own. He barely made it 4 steps to the wheelchair on his own before flopping down and giggling nearly uncontrollably.
He is home now, resting comfortably with ice on his face, and biting down on the gauze. Fun way to spend the weekend, huh? It sure could be worse!