I got an immediate partial plate yesterday. I was dreading it. Remembering my friend’s advice from when I had cataract surgery, I took Tylenol PM and went straight to bed when I got home. I got up and ate some soup around 7:00 p.m. and then went back to bed and slept all night.

The experience was not as bad as I expected. I’m trying to think of the partial plate as something like a bra: uncomfortable but you wear it every day. I’m horrified, actually, but it’s in my mind.

Today I feel a bit out of sorts. I have what feels like a headache, but it could be a sore jaw. I’m eating soft foods successfully. No tea, since Google tells me to avoid hot liquids, but maybe I can have tea. The dentist didn’t give me those instructions.

I’m going to work, but I might quit early.

I go back for a post-operative check up tomorrow morning.