I had a really rough weekend. I woke up early Saturday morning with horrible, awful tooth and jaw pain. Why do these things always happen on the weekend anyway? Why couldn't it have happened on Friday morning so I could call the dentist? Instead, I had to spend the weekend in pain, but I called the dentist Monday morning and they got me in right away. After the x-rays were taken, they kindly informed me I was in need of a root canal because I had an infection in my tooth. It was 'complicated' and they didn't feel comfortable doing it in their office, so they referred me to a root canal specialist. Did you know there was such a thing? Me either.
I was lucky and got in to see the specialist on Tuesday because they had a cancellation. They took their own x-rays and told me I had a pretty nasty abscess, and it was a good thing I came in to see them. No wonder my jaw hurt so bad! So she got busy on my poor tooth and I suffered for almost 2 hours. Don't let anyone try to tell you that root canals don't hurt, because they do. Well, at least mine did. When they got up in there where my abscess was, I cried. HURT LIKE HELL.
I'm still not 100%, but I'm getting there. I ended up staying home from work on Tuesday and I think that helped. Being able to rest was nice. But enough about me... I need to solicit opinions about Lilly!
I went to see her Monday after my dentist appointment, but the weather was icky and it kept raining. I brought her into the wash rack to give her a bath and I noticed this:
These are iPhone pics, so they're not that great, but you can see how swollen it is. I had a small panic attack because I thought maybe she had a hernia, so I called my vet. It was after hours, but she was kind enough to call me back and told me the likelihood of it being a hernia was very slim. She thought perhaps it was edema from a tick bite or from some other bug, but I didn't see any marks on her skin that look like a bite. She said she could come out and look at it for me, but I told her I would just keep an eye on it and get back with her if it didn't go down.
I was able to visit her again today and it's still there. It's still the same size too. It has a lumpy feel to it, so it doesn't feel like it's just fluid in there, and the swelling is really only on the right side rather than being swollen on both sides of her tummy crease. I'm just worried because it's right over her 'belly button', although it doesn't seem to bother her at all.
Anyone have any ideas? I'm getting worried again since it hasn't gone down. It seems like if it was from a bug bite, the swelling would have gone down by now. I think I'll probably end up contacting my vet again tomorrow.