I have discovered the perfect stimulant to writing productivity…

…and it is codeine. Lots of it.

To backtrack a bit: I have – or had, now – a couple of frankly rotten wisdom teeth in the back of my mouth. Friday afternoon I developed a killer toothache, the kind that prevents you from concentrating on anything other than, well, KILLER TOOTHACHE OMYGOD THE PAIN GET IT OUT OF THERE RIGHT NOW WHY WON’T IT COME OUT OHMYGOD JUSTMAKEITSTOPRIGHTNOW...

Yeah. Try being trapped on a bus, in urban traffic, in this condition. Nothing works on this kind of toothache. Advil by the handful, Orajel, nada. The only relief I have ever found is very direct application of cold – in sipping ice water, or a bit of ice in my mouth. The problem is the relief only lasts for about thirty seconds, then the pain starts gathering again and I hasten to take another sip, then another…before you know it, you’re a hopeless Evian junkie. As Shoemom pointed out, in her best lemons-to-lemonade fashion: ‘Well, you’re certainly getting your system flushed out, anyhow!”

As you can imagine, this remedy is not very practical for sleeping. As of Saturday night I was reduced to experimenting with holding an ice cube between my teeth..all that did was give misery the option, wake me up from pain or in a soggy puddle of drool. Or both.

By Sunday morn my dentist phobia was as if nonexistent by comparison, and I got both teeth extracted. The local emergency dental clinic may be unconcerned with frills like putting patients at ease, but by God they are efficient. And by that I mean, they prescribe codeine. By Sunday night, I was flying so high that I had my formal PopMatters column proposal typed out and sent pretty much before I even realised what was happening.

(Including a link back to this blog, incidentally…uh, I can write when not under the influence, I swear. Although, when you’re hopped up enough, the concept of  what would basically be a Muppet Hunter S. Thompson is kind of an interesting one…)

Anyway, the really intriguing news is that the prescription runs another week or so…and I’m already pondering a possible breakthrough in my fiction stalemate, finishing the sci-fi piece I’d started at least. Just out of curiosity, were I to post installments here, as I’d thought of doing previously, would anybody care to beta-read?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tricia
    Nov 24, 2008 @ 19:53:59

    From someone who has migraines, I see your point. Hurry up and write some more, before you run out of codeine! : )

  2. Shoebox
    Nov 28, 2008 @ 23:10:36

    Working on it…although what’ll happen when I look back at it sober, I have no idea! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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