Friday, April 28, 2006

V" is for Vicodin! Yeah, today is the day for me to find out what's so great about Vicodin, Motrin, Ativan and Amoxicillin. I'm getting some gum reconstruction, ridge augmentation and bone grafting done in my mouth this morning. Sound painful? It was…at times. The first 6 incisions into the roof of my mouth was a wake-up call to say the least - OMG!

I did some internet research on the dental procedures I was about to encounter; which could have been a mistake. I might have been better off if I didn't know what was going to happen. My appointment was @ 8:30 to start the meds and the surgery was to start at 9:30. About 25 minutes after taking the stuff I started to feel.......well lets just say I was "happy"….and confused.

Thirty minutes later they put me in the chair and all system were go. I had my PDA playing music to distract me, but when I saw needles and heard drilling I couldn't help but be a little concerned. The first incision into the roof of my mouth was like "Hello! WTF!"

After a while all I felt was pressure and I was cool with that...eventually I was out completely. I made it through with a lot of swelling, a bit of bleeding, 4 different meds and a host of stitches in my mouth.

The coolest part about the whole thing was that, since I couldn't drive to the appointment because of the meds, I had the opportunity to ride the bus again. I really like riding the bus/subway and I'm going to do it more often. Actually, I'd planned and looked forward to riding the bus home, but the office staff wouldn't let me. They had a gentleman from the office take me home instead. The best part of that “trip” was being mesmerized by the navigational system in his expensive BMW SUV. I had never actually seen one work, they're pretty cool. It should be an interesting evening for me. I hit the sack for two hours then woke up to see if I could make my audition. It wasn’t to be.

Audition: "The Procrastinators" @ CC Harper Casting. Ooops, I had to call my agent and pass on this appointment. Too much blood, too much pain, too many meds and too little time. Maybe they can reschedule it. See ya, good night.
Oh yeah, funny enough, it’s been almost an entire month since I’ve had a print go-see. Everything stopped as soon as I got my card finished. WHAT?! How does that work? I’m sure I’ll start getting out again soon.


Bonnie said...

Okay, Stephon, honey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEVER go for oral surgery without a "ride home plan" that's more sophisticated than a BUS.

I mean, we're all about public transpo over here too, but you were having surgery!!! Ack!

Enjoy the drugs--and more than anything, let them do their job.

The fact that you were even considering making it to an audition after makes me think of the gal who called me from LABOR to let me know she couldn't make it to an audition for a film I was casting a few years ago.

You silly actors! Love y'all!

Let us know if you need anything. Keith's out and about this weekend and can run ya 'round if you need it.


Stephon Fuller said...

Hey Bonnie,

The thing is I really wanted to ride the bus. I could have gotten a ride, but I just didn’t wanna take the easier way. I would have been fine on my own, but I didn’t want to be too difficult for the office staff. I know, probably not too smart, but I love the challenge.

OMG the drugs! 9am, Noon, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 9pm, midnight, 1am, 3am, 6am, plus some weird mouth rinse twice a day. It seems like I wake up every 15 minutes for something. 2-3 more days and I’m cool. Thanks for reaching out.


Bonnie said...

Lordy, you're like me after my LASIK. I was ready to drive my ass home!!! And I was every few hours having to do drops and whatnot.


I'm just so glad you're okay. It's not easy!!


Stephon Fuller said...

Yeah Bonnie, I'm good. Strong as an ox!!


Angel said...

Man, next time just pick up the phone and call me. I would've been happy to pick you up. You know that.

Hope you have a speedy recovery!

Stephon Fuller said...

Yo angel, I appreciate that brother. I was good and i learned a bunch more about the bus system. Another big congrats to you!