Thursday, March 21, 2013


Today was the day for Joe's tooth extraction.  We thought they were going to extract two, but only one was taken out and some bone grafting was done on his jaw.  The whole thing took about an hour.  He opted to not be put to sleep and so was able to walk out with no problem when he was finished.  I went into the room with him, but left before they started the procedure.  I really didn't want to watch them pull his tooth!  They said it was very difficult to remove.

He had the procedure done at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philly.

There are many buildings associated with Jefferson.  It covers about 8 city blocks.  The dental department is on the top floor of one of these buildings.  The whole ceiling is a skylight.  The view is dramatic.  I was able to sneak a shot out of the skylight with my cell phone.

I remember being in one of those hospital rooms for four days when I had my stomach surgery two years ago and how much pain I was in.  I thought I was going to die.  And when I didn't, I wished I had.  So glad that surgical pain eventually goes away.

Our friend Charlie drove us down and then came back to pick us up when we were finished.  That was so nice of him.  Joe did extremely well.  The nurse gave him an ice pack to keep on his cheek for the ride home -- 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.  You can see him holding it to his cheek here.

Since I had my camera and I wasn't driving I took a few pictures on the way home to show you.
Washington Square (I think).  There are lots of little squares, or parks, throughout Philadelphia.

The tulips are up!

Our one and only casino -- Sugar House.

Penn Treaty Park -- where William Penn signed a treaty with the Delaware Indians.  That peaceful treaty lasted for many decades.  The tall building in the background is in New Jersey.  You can just see the Delaware River which separates the two states.
  When we got home I got Joe settled in bed and then went to get his medicine and some iced tea, flavored water and juice.  He is on a liquid diet for 48 hours so food does not get caught in his incision.  He is NOT a happy camper about this.  Then for a week he is on mashed or pureed food.  Easter dinner is going to be yummy for him.  (Ha, ha.)  He says he is eating solid food by then.  We will see.  He goes back to the dentist the day after Easter.

After I finally ended up running around I took a 2 hour nap.  I really needed it.  I expected to be able to stay home and clean for two days, but all I've done is run errands.  Why is it that kids never want to take naps and adults love to take them?  There's something wrong with this picture.  Afternoon naps is something I am looking forward to when I retire.

And speaking of retiring, it's back to work for me tomorrow so I'd better run.  Until later... 


  1. Glad the tooth extraction went ok amd husband ok. We've had chilly wet weather. Looking forward to tulips here when it gets warmer. I know what stomach surgery is like, x3. Pain is no fun. Hugs and blessings.

  2. I'm happy to know that Joe's surgery went ok.The 48 hours will seem like forever to him...
    I LOVE the skylight!Can you imagine having one in your house to watch the stars at night?
    Naps are THE best! A lot of companies are finding out that after a 15-20 minute nap, their workers come back more alert & productive. There are even places you can go for a nap,for a a fee of course. My biggest pleasure is after a Sunday brunch, I take 2 of my 3 dogs upstairs for a 'puppy nap'. Just saying it,they rush up the steps.Ha ha!

  3. Bone grafting sounds SCARY...Glad he hes ok..
    Thanks for the ride home..I enjoyed all your pictures..what a beautiful town.

  4. Glad Joe's dental work went well. I hate having dental work done. It makes me cringe thinking about it.

    Yay for naps. I love to nap but like you said, the kids never want to do it.

    Hope you had a good day at work friend. Yay for the weekend :)

  5. I'm so glad Joe did so well...that's great. I hope he's mending up nicely. Bet he cannot wait to eat that Easter dinner! :)

    I enjoyed seeing all the pictures! Thanks for sharing.

    I hope your weekend is going well.


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