You may recall, last week, I wrote about preparing to have my wisdom teeth removed. Here I am, three days later, and I've survived to tell the tale.

First I have to say, contrary to what the brochure I was given said, there was nothing "surprisingly pleasant" about the procedure, even under sedation. That being said, the oral surgeon I went to, Dr John Feeney at Coastal Oral Surgery in Brick and Sea Girt was pleasant, gentle, good humored, and attentive.

There is nothing fun about getting teeth pulled. Especially if, like me, in the words of Dr. Feeney, you have "roots like tree trunks". He had to work to get those suckers out. I look back on this past weekend as a bit of a loss. I didn't accomplish much, I didn't eat much, I didn't sleep much, and I felt really crummy. But we got the job done, I'm on the road to recovery, and that's what counts.

I give Dr. Feeney a lot of credit for calling to check up on me on Friday evening after the procedure, and offering to take a look this morning when I had some concerns about the healing process. The operative success of a procedure is only a small part of the whole process, the after care your doctor gives counts for a lot too.

I won't sugar coat it and say I ever want to go through that again, but if I have to, I know I'll be in good hands. The best thing you can do for yourself before seeing any new medical practitioner is to get the unbiased opinions of your friends, family, and co-workers, meet the doctors, and go with the one who makes you feel the most comfortable.

That being said, back to my lunchtime pudding...