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November 5, 2010

Vegan MoFo #5: Green Protein Smoothie and Oral Surgery

I had a visit to the oral surgeon this morning, and left minus 4 teeth and plus 1. The teeth to go were of the wisdom variety, and the tooth being added is a molar that never came in when it was supposed to. They did what they call an "exposure" -- exposing the molar to the light of day and attaching a little chain to it so that my orthodontist can start slowly pulling it down. Really fun stuff, let me tell you.

To help me relax they gassed me up immediately. This was soon followed by the assistants strapping down my arms and legs to the chair, whilst starting to lay out their invasive looking tools on the table that hovered a few feet over my lap. Funny stuff that laughing gas is, I could care less about all of this normally alarming stuff going on. I was daydreaming, remembering something that happened back in college, and I actually had to hold back a giggle! How cliché it would have been to start laughing. I fought it. Then the oral surgeon made his first appearance, and he tried to have a conversation with me. Major buzzkill, I don't want to talk about surgery, man!

Then they hooked me up to the IV and started administering the anesthesia. They had enough time to tell me that I would start to feel really nice, and that's all I remember. Then both assistants were calling my name telling me it was over. But I didn't want to wake up, and I especially didn't want to put both feet on the floor and try to stand up! I was overcome with thirst, so I pointed to my throat and said, "WAA. WAA-ER." So she poured some water in my mouth, but turns out I couldn't feel the lower half of my face. I did manage to swallow some, but the rest ended up on my shirt.

Lost your appetite yet? I hadn't. I was not allowed to eat or drink anything for six hours prior to the surgery, and at this point it had been about 16 hours since my last meal. Eating, even a liquid meal, was out of the question for a couple of hours. Way too much gauze and way too numb. Then the novocaine started to wear off and with it came a big old headache. I was ready for some ibuprofen, but didn't want to take it on an empty stomach. One great thing about being vegan is not having to plan ahead for times like these, vegans always have great smoothie-worthy ingredients lying around. I went for protein, healthy fats, and some greens, and served it up with a spoon. Steve had a good laugh snapping pictures of me dribbling smoothie down my chin, I think it was payback for my last post. Since he was such a good sport, I decided to post one of my glamour shots to reciprocate. All things considered, I think I look pretty good!

Green Protein Smoothie
Serves 1

1 cup almond milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 avocado
2 handfuls of chopped kale
1 tbsp organic peanut butter
1 tbsp flax meal
2 scoops Garden of Life RAW Protein
1 tsp maple syrup

I'm happy to report that just 7 hours later I am doing great. No more gauze, no swelling, and no need for the pain meds. So glad that this ordeal is over! Now to catch up on all of the MoFo posts that I missed today!


  1. I am having flashbacks to having my wisdom teeth out. I was given codeine and the rest of the day is a blur. And it didn't help with the pain much. My six hour later picture would have been me strung out on a pillow looking at the ceiling.

  2. I am happy to hear you are doing so well. My wisdom tooth extraction was more dramatic. I wish they would have knocked me out. Sounds like you need to keep this dentist.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening,

  3. All four of my eye teeth refused to come in and so I had to have that same chain thing put in! Uh yeah. Not fun at all. I'm sorry you had to go through that! But that smoothie looks delicious! So at least you got some good eats in...eventually.

  4. Ack! Sorry you had to go through it but so happy it went "smooth"ly ;) Great reason to enjoy a green smoothie!

  5. Your smoothie looks great! I love those types of smoothies. I havent ever bought the Garden of Life Raw protein, how do you like it? Have you tried the vega, and how do you like them in comparison?

  6. I had my upper wisdom teeth taken out last year, not to scare you, but I looked like a mutated hamster when I woke up a day later. I hope you have better luck, have a speedy recovery! :)

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