Well, I now have a (temporary) fake tooth in my mouth. I spent about 90 minutes in the dentist's chair yesterday afternoon getting what was left (after removing the stuff that was filling in the hole, and the removal of the fillings) of my original tooth ground down to a sad, quivering nubbin upon which a shiny new crown will be installed in a couple weeks; the temp is on there now.
The whole experience wasn't bad, really, and I had no soreness to speak of until about 6 p.m. when the novocane finally wore off and the intense sharp stabbing-like-an-icepick pain began. I took two Excedrin and felt better, but even now there's a dull ache where that fake tooth is, and eating (specifically chewing) has been uncomfortable to say the least. Hopefully that will go away after a while.
In other news, my new computer arrived Tuesday, and I picked it up yesterday before my dental appointment. When I got home I set it up, and I'm sure I'll be pleased with it as soon as I have some time to play around with it. (My tooth was just starting to hurt when I finished setting it up and I didn't feel like playing anymore.) While I was at Staples, I also picked up an extra memory card for my camera, and a reader for my laptop for travel purposes. Technologically I'm set for my vacation next month. Hopefully my mouth will be ready by then, too!!