Well, I survived today’s root canal. But there was some drama in the dentist chair.
Did you know that root canals involve quite a bit of drilling? Apparently I’m not too fond of the drilling. I started have a legit anxiety attack of some sort as the drilling started: I was sweating uncontrollably and shaking, in spite of my best efforts to calm myself. Not cool. And kind of a new experience for me: I’ve never experienced anything like that before!
My dentist asked me if I was okay.
“What…this isn’t normal?” I tried to joke, mopping sweat off of my brow and my bare shins.
No…not normal, apparently. And after gently discussing with me what was going on (“I don’t know! I’m, like freaking out or something!”) the dentist said he couldn’t really work on my tooth while I was in such a state. He could put a temporary filling in and I could come back on a different day and have the procedure done under sedation. Or…wait a sec, I’ll be right back, he said.
“You can take this. It might help you relax.” A little pill, apparently a Xanax. I’m not much of a pill popper, but figured it was better than getting put under!
And…well, after a few minutes I was feeling just fine. Sleepy. Smiley. The rest of the root canal went smoothly – my dentist, who I am kind of convinced is awesome, also put on some music in the room and I rocked out while he drilled and filled.
I was feeling pretty good about things when I left the building. Went home, ate lunch, took a little catnap. Went and ran a track workout. Or part of one, anyway. (More on that below!)
Maybe it’s the Xanax talking but once I got past the whole anxiety thing, I didn’t think the root canal was all that bad. Things are definitely a little sore tonight, but it’s not a pain that’s going to keep me up at night or anything.
And today was definitely an eye-opening experience for me in terms of understanding how people can have very physical manifestations of psychological issues. Definitely a new experience for me!
Today’s EAT: Soft and easy to chew. Those were tonight’s dinner criteria. But soup? A smoothie? Boring. Instead, I picked up some huge sea scallops:
I seared them up and served them over a bed of sweet potato hash browns, drizzled with a browned butter chili lime sauce (which is just as it sounds – browned butter mixed with a squeeze of fresh lime and some chili powder) and alongside a big pile of greens:
Today’s RUN: I wondered if I was kind of nuts to head out to the track after my Xanax nap. I figured that worst-case-scenario, I could do some easy miles, though. It would probably feel good.
Tonight’s assigned workout was 6 X 800M at 5M pace. I actually managed to crank out 3 of them with the group (3:12, 3:14, 3:19) before deciding that I felt too unfocused to run hard. So I finished off with some easy laps around the track and a long cool down the Megan and Jacqui to make for a little over 8 miles tonight.
Today’s QUESTION: What, if anything, stops you from working out? I tend to try to get out there even if I’m a little under the weather, unless I’m really sick or my legs are begging for a day off!