Carl got his wisdom tooth pulled last week and due to the emergency nature and impaction, he had to be sedated. I didn’t tell you about this sooner because, quite frankly, I was recovering from the trauma.
Have you ever been around someone you love who’s been medically sedated? Someone who is a foot taller and a hundred pounds heavier than you, and who gets really obstinate under sedation?
Yeah, it’s not fun.
He’s had this done once before, so at least this time I was a little prepared when he grabbed the infant in the car seat from me and insisted “he had it” and proceeded to wave it in the general direction of where it was supposed to go in the van while I cringed and tried to guide it from the other side. But this time they wanted to wheel him out in a wheelchair, out a secret back door so as not to scare waiting patients, and he was having none of it.
Dr: Ok, we’ll just wheel you out now.
Carl: (standing up from the wheelchair they somehow got him in before I was called back) No no, I’m fine to walk.
Dr: Well, we like to wheel people out to be safe. Are you sure?
Me: Just let them wheel you out, it’ll just be easier.
Carl: No really, I’m fine. I feel fine.
Dr: Nah, just sit down, we’ll just wheel you out. It’s like you’ve just had 20 margaritas in half an hour.
Me: Yeah, don’t worry about it, just sit down.
Carl (to me): What, YOU GONNA MAKE ME? I said I’M FINE.
Me: Uh – umm – yes? Maybe? Maybe I will make you?
Doctor? CAN we make him? Please? Surely I’m not the only one who notices his serious list to the left? Oh wait, right. Nope, nope, he’s leaning to the left again.
Thankfully, after several more back and forths, he agreed to sit back down and I breathed a huge sigh of relief, since last time he had this done they just sent us down the elevator with the caution to me that “if he starts falling, just make sure you catch him and support him”. Um yes, I will be certain to cushion his fall with my body and that of my 2 month old baby. Do you charge extra for these tips?
I need to get my wisdom teeth done later this year and am not looking forward to it. I absolutely hate the idea of being completely out of control, not remembering several hours of my life, and waking up to a lot of pain. Carl is sure it will be endlessly entertaining for him to see me like that, but I think he underestimates how disconcerting it is to be sent home with someone who doesn’t even seem like the same person you came with.
In preparation for my turn, I think I need to do a lot of eating, since a pudding, jello, and yogurt diet makes me gag just thinking about it. Which brings me to sandwiches!
Obviously, right? :)
This sandwich is so easy to whip up when you have leftover pulled pork – I like to cook a large portion in my slow cooker, shred it all, mix it with barbecue sauce, and freeze it in smaller portions for easy use in recipes like this, or Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie, or Pulled Pork Enchiladas.
This savoury sandwich is perfect with tomato soup or a salad, or as a meal all on its own. Packed with flavour from the barbecue sauce and onions, gooey with melty cheese, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside…when it comes to lunch, few things beat grilled sandwiches, in my estimation. My husband agrees, when he’s not heavily sedated.
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 4 Tbsp butter, divided
- 1 - 1½ cups cooked pulled pork, mixed with BBQ sauce to desired sauciness
- 6 - 8 slices bread
- 1 cup grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
- Sauté onion in pan over medium-low heat with brown sugar and 1 Tbsp butter until soft and translucent, about 10-15 minutes.
- Toss pulled pork with BBQ sauce. Add to onion for last couple minutes of cooking to heat through.
- Meanwhile, grate cheese and butter bread slices on one side.
- Top 3 or 4 slices of bread evenly (on unbuttered side) with pulled pork and cheddar cheese. Top with remaining bread and cook in same pan you used to cook onions, over medium-high heat, until golden brown on each side (3-4 minutes per side).
- Serve warm.