It is unwise to prolonge wisdom tooth extraction

I had a visit to the oral surgeon today. I fully expected to hear that I had to have all four wisdom teeth removed (the bottom two are horizontally impacted), I didn’t expect the news I left with.

I was referred from the oral surgeon to a Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon. I was told that my right bottom wisdom tooth is on the nerve and that extraction may result in temporary to permanent numbness of my tongue, chin and right side of my face and that my left wisdom tooth has a cyst (or tumor) on the bone.

The oral surgeon wants a biopsy to be run to determine if the cyst <a onclick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview('/outgoing/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer');" target="_blank" title="wikipedia: cancer" href="http://en.wikipedia look at here.org/wiki/Cancer”>cancerous. In any case she says that the extraction will be too complex to be performed in the oral surgeon office and wants it done in a hospital environment.

All and all I am very uneasy and nervous about the whole thing. Best case I have two horizontally impacted wisdom teeth removed in a hospital and my headaches go away. Worst case I have no feeling in my chin, tongue and/or face and a cancerous tumor.

Not at all how I hoped this wisdom tooth thing would play out.. but.. umm… at least they will be gone?

Mid-Term Elections

Mid-Term election voting is today. If you do not plan on voting… shame on you. Everyone should vote.

I’m hopeful for this election. I believe that our government has been too one sided for longer than our country has been able to stand. Its hurt us a great deal as a nation. I’m not saying that putting democrats in the same position would end any better. Because of this, its my hope that some balance is restored. I want the disenfranchised ~50% to have a voice again and I want checks and balances restored. I also believe its important that the republicans ~50% have a voice.

Preliminary polling and talking with random people of different walks of life all tell me that the VAST majority of people either agree with me, or just want to see the republicans stripped of control. Despite this I am still very afraid. I’m afraid because during both presidential elections we heard rampant stories of vote fraud, disenfranchisement and voter intimidation. In today’s election we also throw in the threat of vote hacking. Black box, closed source voting machines with no paper trail. How serious of a threat is this, really? Please take the time to view this Princeton study regarding the inherent problems with the Diebold systems. I believe you will be as worried as I am.

You may also want to be totally aware of what to look for when voting (and the weeks after) that may indicate something is not right. BlackBoxVoting.org has an excellent article titled: What to expect — and look for — in the 2006 election