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Returning from Italy is always painful, but this is too much!


I've not only been a pretty slack blogger, but I'm becoming a whining blogger as well! In my defence, I've been in a lot of pain -- emotional, of course, because I had to leave Italy on Wednesday. But physical as well, as my tooth crisis has become pretty ugly.

It seems that what happened is that an old root canal has gone bad and created a raging infection in one tooth (although it feels as if my entire head has caught fire.) Next Tuesday, the root canal will be repeated and what joy that will bring. Seriously. Anything to end this ugly chapter.

I've actually been hugely fortunate, when you think about it. The pain didn't begin until my last night in my beloved Umbria, really just two nights before I was returning to Canada anyway. My dentist saw me the morning after I returned (I was up at the crack of dawn -- amazing how pain can cut right through jet lag) and she was able to get me in to see an endodontist almost immediately. So, treatment has been pretty quick.

Between the pain and my experiments with Italian OTC medications, I was pretty ill by Wednesday night. Fortunately, I had an entire row of seats to myself on the flight back, so I could sprawl in some comfort and pop painkillers nonstop. Thanks to Shelagh and Chiocciola, who commented on an earlier post explaining that Italian Panadol is akin to Tylenol. It isn't very strong, but a few boxes worth got me through the last day or two in Italy.

Unfortunately, I did find the Italian version of Advil and also confirmed that I am, in fact, allergic to Advil (and its Italian counterpart.) I spent the night before my flight home horribly congested, wheezy and sneezing my head off. But it did stop the tooth pain.

I am finding it hard to concentrate on much else right now, but once the fog clears, there are so many wonderful experiences from Italy that I'm anxious to blog about. Here are just a few things I'd like to write about, soon:

1. Bologna is an interesting city, and the medieval museum very cool and boasts some remarkable medieval tombs of its greatest university doctors, or docents. My photo above is from a tomb that had wonderful representations of this docent's students, in positions and gestures that ring so true! I gather that this was one of the conventions of the day, that great professors would be honoured with beautifully carved tombs depicting the docent and his students, in forms as life-like as possible!

2. My visits to Padova and Venice were wonderful, even if only for a day.

3. My night at the opera in Bologna, surrounded by highly critical (and highly vocal) opera buffs who had very strong feelings about the performance -- and refused to believe that I couldn't really join in their ongoing, Italian conversations.

4. Another fascinating cooking class in Umbria with Letizia.

5. A beautiful, and far too short, visit with Mary and her family at Genius Loci.

6. A very cool and incredibly atmospheric medieval festival in Bevagna.

7. Shopping for more wonderful ceramics and tapestries in Umbria! True works of art that I'm so privileged to have found.

Comments (14)

I am so sorry about your toothache, argh, it is the worst. Like you said, luckily it only started on your last vacation day, and hopefully it will be over soon.

Can't wait to hear about your Italian adventure.

Barb Cabot:

I'm so sorry you are suffering so. When you are all better please write and post photos but until then just take care of yourself.

You poor poor thing! Your tooth pain sounds so painful, I hope Tuesday comes fast!

Looking forward to hearing more about your trip, and welcome home!


Thanks everyone! The antibiotics seem to be (finally) kicking in and I'm starting to feel better. That should mean better blogging, soon!


I'm glad to hear that you are feeling a little better.

We all look forward to hearing about your trip.

ug - I feel your pain...how you ever got through the pressure of the cabin in an airplane with a tooth problem deserves a medal of sorts. Your itinerary sounds incredibly wonderful. Hope you can post photos soon. Letizia's cooking class sounds marvelous. I have visited her blog and her recipes seem very much like the cooking I grew up with in my home -altho napoitano...Hope you continue to improve...menehune

Welcome home! What a drag about the tooth but really, I'm glad it held off until the end of your trip. Best wishes for a fast and easy recovery. I love that relief! Really looking forward to hearing about your day in Venice and your trip as a whole.


Oh Boy can I ever feel for you. I too have just gone through a week of immense pain with the beginning of a root canal which apparently did not go too well. It took almost a week for me to be able to get back to my dentist and to get some relief. So I KNOW what you are/did go through. I am glad you are better now and can only send you healing vibes and good wishes. Glad it did not destroy your trip too badly and cannot wait to read about the rest of your adventures.

Be well and pain free!!!!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Sandra, I'm so sorry to hear about your infection and pain. What a terrible thing to be sick when your traveling. I'm glad though that you had that empty row on the plane and was able to visit your dentist immediately upon your return.

Thank you for your wonderful recap. It sounds like you had a fantastic trip and I look forward to hearing more about your experiences. Rest well and have a speedy recovery.


Thanks Nancy!

Menehune, the cabin pressure did create some havoc in my head. I was taking a lot of painkillers! I'll definitely post photos from Letizia's -- her cooking classes are so much fun, very hands-on. I think our tiramisu was the best I've ever had.

Thanks Annie, I'm just beginning to go through my photos (which aren't great, but still.) I did enjoy my day in Venice, I have got to go back there off-season sometime and maybe catch a glimpse of the real Venice!

Dorit, I'm so sorry to hear you're going through much the same thing. There's nothing quite like tooth pain, it's a real form of torture. I hope yours has settled down and that you're now pain-free!

Hi Kathy! I'm beginning to feel better and can now concentrate on my trip and some much better memories than tooth pain!


Oh Sandra, I can only imagine the horror of flying with such a nasty toothache and raging pain! Glad you are on the mend and starting to feel better. Looking forward to hearing about your journey, the medieval festival in Bevagna especially!


Welcome home, Sandra. What a terrible way to end a wonderful trip. There's not much that is worse than tooth pain! Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip!


Sandra, just reading this and I hope you're feeling better. I broke a tooth during chemo, and my dentist repaired it when I was done as best he could but I fear a root canal may be in my future. Take care.

I hope by now your tooth is no longer painful and the root canal is completed (with the permanent crown). What a crappy way to end a vacation.

I tried to visit the Medieval Museum last year and after seeing your photo on this post while in Italy, I made sure to visit the museum while in Bologna this year. I never could find this guy in pain although I probably did see the tomb, just didn't recognize it as the same tomb as in this post. I had fun in this museum and plan to post a few photos eventually on my blog.

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