I had my upper wisdom teeth taken out last week. My dentist bugged me for the past year and a half to get them extracted but it was only until now that I found a chunk of time to get it done. I was petrified in the beginning but all my fears went away as soon as they injected my jaw with anesthesia. My dentist kept asking me if I’m ok every five minutes and I was like “yes, yes, yes, just remove the damn tooth already!”

Giannico shoes by Nicolo Beretta spring summer 2015

He had difficulties removing the upper right tooth and he was *this* close to halting the extraction. Boy am I glad he didn’t give up. I must say the most uncomfortable thing I felt during the operation was having my mouth open for a little over an hour. It was the worst lock jaw of my life. Everything went well in the end and I walked out of the clinic with prescriptions. I was a happy camper alright. I became friends with my little orange bottles of Amoxcillin, Ibuprofen and Vicodin.

I’ve never had Vicodin before so the curiosity was there. I grew up in the third world where pain is just part of daily life. When I had another tooth extracted many, many years ago, my dentist gave me a sheet of paracetamol tablets. Yep, paracetamol. They simply do not have this pill-popping culture they have in America where everyone gets pills for everything under the sun.

This is evident when it comes to television commercials. In the Philippines, it’s all about personal hygiene products. In Germany, they have travel-related ads. In America however, you turn the television on and it’s all about pills, pills, pills. And the occasional car insurance.

Everyone in my circle told me I’ll have so much fun on Vicodin but to be honest with you, it wasn’t remarkable in any way. Chipmunk face aside, the first two days after the surgery were obviously very challenging but I wouldn’t say it was unbearable. Scraping my knee on the pavement and waiting for it to heal ranks higher on my pain-o-meter scale. Do they prescribe vicodin for that? No.

Sure, there was this very mild “comforting” and “warm” effect, like all I want to do is to be under my duvet and cuddle with my pillow fortress (I have eight pillows on my bed) but other than that, there weren’t any MAJOR side effects. None of this constipation or narcotic high oho haa. I didn’t abuse my pills. I only took them in the morning when I wake up (that’s when the gaping hole in my mouth really hurts) and right before dinner.

I see how kids in America abuse these painkillers. I’ve read stories online how people crush them and snort them and I’m like no way Jose, no bueno.

Thou shall not forget: your health is your most valuable asset.

Shoe by Giannico Shoes designed by Nicolo Beretta (click HERE) as seen at the Spring/Summer 2015 Altaroma AI Artisanal Intelligence