Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.

Lindsay Coleman – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- It isn’t uncommon for high school students to get their wisdom teeth extracted, especially seniors heading into their first year of college.

I am one of the students here at LRHS who have gotten their wisdom teeth extracted. Although my face didn’t swell making me resemble a chipmunk, the surgery and the healing process still stunk.

Fifteen seconds after the doctor put the IV into my arm, my vision started to get blurry and slow and before I knew it I was knocked out. Those 15 seconds were my last 15 seconds of having awareness of my surroundings and what I was doing until I woke up on my couch several hours later.

Between the embarrassing videos, tears, and random outbursts of foolishness, Post-surgery is a blur.

The healing process is where things got messy.

Constantly changing the gauze in your mouth to stop the bleeding, keeping track of your medications, and trying to eat as clean as possible can be difficult when you can barely open your mouth because your jaw is swollen.

Being cautious while eating can become exhausting. Watching your family and friends eat full meals stinks while all you can eat are soft foods such as pudding, yogurt, smoothies, and ice cream.

Although the surgery and healing process were awful, it was worth it because the wisdom teeth would have shifted all of my teeth even after having braces for two years.

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