IAmA a 28 year old who has been told he may not live to see next Friday. I always wanted to do an AMA but never had a reason. Ask me anything
I have an infection spreading from my jaw into my skull and possibly into my blood stream. The pain is in my mouth, neck, shoulders, ears and skull. I will have to have some teeth pulled and my skull drilled on this coming Thursday at 10:30 AM. There is dire risk of the infection spreading quickly once the teeth are removed and the procedure begins. That dire risk is mortal.
I've been spending a lot of time reflecting on things I've done, good, bad. Achievements and failures. A lot about love that I have shared and places I've been.
I have lived all over the country, toured with bands, known amazing people and lived through some really dark patches I wouldn't wish on any human.
I'm willing to answer things candidly. That's what life is for, living the questions, so I'm happy to do it. Forgive grammar and spelling as I am on so much Vicodin for the pain.
For questions regarding my belief in an afterlife: see here
Tl;Dr: Might pass away. Always wanted to do an AMA. Never had a reason. Giving it a shot.
EDIT 0: Requests to be more clear about my procedure are popping up so now that i am on my laptop I will say more.
An infection that got into my bone/nerves through holes in both of my back upper teeth, 2 and 15, thanks to poorly removed braces anchors when I was a kid has spread to my neck, glands, tongue, eye socket, ear and maxillofacial nerve. I have not been told any special name for it and honestly didnt think anyone wanted me to focus on that while AMAing but I like it. Talking about specifics helps me to think of the overcoming it.
I am on two battery's of antibiotics, doctors wanted me to go through that before the procedure so that the risk of infection spreading even further after tooth removal would be less. I hope that helps.
PROOF!: Here's me with my clinical summary printed out. http://imgur.com/m2XtM
EDIT 1: please forgive my slowness again the Vicodin doesnt help. im also trying to figure a way to prove... i mean. I cant figure one any ideas help.
EDIT 2: Holy crap. I see why celebrities have PR people do this. Response is insane and I'm trying to figure proof right now. Thanks for pushing for it. Incidentally I dont want your money or anything like that. Just the AMA. I know I would have been interested and I figured I'd afford that to the internet.
EDIT 3: Here's a pic of me with my antibiotics looking like a putz http://imgur.com/UjyZm
EDIT 4: Here's me with fancy new iPad saying hi: http://imgur.com/et0GB
EDIT 5: Sitting in AMA IRC waiting for mod response. http://imgur.com/0fZMe
UPDATE! First step of procedure (extraction) complete. Now waiting to see if infection takes hold. I am convalescing. feeling weak in bed/couch but very happy to be through the first part. My thanks to all of your thoughts, questions, skepticism (which became ammunition for me to ask of my medico's) prayers, considerations and offers of friendship.
The waiting game begins here.
UPDATE 2: 8.22.12 My lymphatic system is swelling and causing a lot of pain all over. This may be the indicator of infection spreading. My doctor and I are going to wait and see if this is just it fighting back or if it gets worse and shuts down. I will update more as it changes and if I can.
Again than you all for your messages and support. I will go through all of them as best I can but I have been resting and also attempting to work a bit as I have a new job coming up this fall and the big move to Richmond.
UPDATE 3: 8.31.12 Infection has passed. Might not need bone graft. I'm about to travel across the country from Seattle to Richmond with my girlfriend. We are going to start life together. I couldn't be happier and thank you all. It's a pleasure to have learned some things about myself by asking your questions.