She-Fan Headed For First Stint On Blogger DL!

Wouldn’t you know it? I came into spring training feeling great – in my best shape yet – and was totally ready for the press conferences, the workouts, the obligatory team meetings, everything that accompanies being a Yankee fan. I was even geared up for the WBC, having signed up for MLB.TV Premium and convinced myself that the whole affair wasn’t just a silly exhibition.

But then it happened.

I experienced a sharp, searing pain in my lower left molar.
I’m talking about this kind of torture.
I whined to my husband Michael, who suggested various home remedies.
Ultimately, I had no choice but to submit to an examination by an actual dentist – something I dread almost as much as facing Roy Halladay.
The diagnosis? A cracked tooth and…”pulp death.”
“You need a root canal,” said the dentist, who launched into a description of the procedure.
I demanded a second opinion. “I’m flying to Birmingham, Alabama,” I said defiantly. “Dr. James Andrews will know if I need surgery or not.”
The dentist laughed and said I could get a second opinion if I really wanted one but that my toothache would only worsen as the day went on.
“Fine,” I said. “Schedule it. But I’m not missing significant time with my team.”
“Never mind.”
So I’m set for tomorrow – 1 p.m. Pacific Time – and I’d better not miss anything big while I’m in the chair utterly helpless like this guy.
No steroids revelations. No Manny signing. No anything until I’m back on my feet.
And that could take awhile. I assume I’ll be out of it in the car going home.
And then I’ll probably sleep off the Vicodin for a few hours.
But as soon as I come to, I’ll be at the computer, I swear. This game is about playing the right way, no excuses or shortcuts, even if it means blogging hurt.


  1. roshkoch

    Haha. That pretty much sums it all up. I was the recent recipient of two root canals at the same time. The good dentist was kind enough to give me no follow up pain medication. Apparently being a 6’3″, 300+ pound ex pro wrestler makes me some sort of tough guy. I get no sympathy ever.

    In regards to your comment, I don’t get it either. She must be one heck of a nice person. Even A-Rod’s ex-teammates aren’t so kind to him as it sounds they are. Is that what holds you back from executing your article?

    Get well soon. We need you on our team to carry us to the World Series!

    – Rosh

  2. Jane Heller

    Two root canals at the same time? OUCH, Rosh. Well, maybe I’m being a baby and I won’t even need pain med. We’ll see. As for Selena, I’m still getting opinions from people about her. And I want to see what’s in the book. Btw, over on River Ave Blues they’ve got an interesting take on what they perceive to be the media’s double standard for Pettitte and A-Rod. Check it out.

  3. roshkoch

    Thanks for the tip to that one. I agree with the double standard. It’s more of the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality. Alex Rodriguez bleeds. Apparently Andy Pettitte does not.

    Yeah, two root canals. They were no fun. But it was better than the pain of two teeth that had broken off. My life sucked for a few weeks dealing with all of that. Unfortunately my dentist started rooting around in my mouth and making other wonderful declarations. I wish I had dental insurance instead of the $1500 left in dental bills and three wisdom teeth that need to be extracted. I am accepting donations though if you know anyone who is sympathetic to the dental concerns of journalism students.

  4. Jane Heller

    I’m glad it’ll be done before FL, Julia. Right you are.

    Will definitely ask for the full cocktail of numbing agents, Steve.

    A bell, Happy. What a great idea. I’ll ring for service. LOL.

    Now there’s a good thought, Jeff. I’ll write a post while I’m still under the purple haze.

    Thanks, Greg and Melissa. I only anticipate being on the DL for, like, a few hours. But still, I don’t want to miss anything crucial in the world of baseball.

    I’ll let you know how it is, Jen. Maybe it won’t be so bad. On the other hand….

    LOL, Metsmainman!!!!!!!

  5. Jane Heller

    I don’t think I’m in a position to teach anyone a lesson, Aaron, but I do agree with you: There are no shortcuts to fame. All I can say is that writing books can be drudgery – you sit in a room alone with your computer and have to pull words out of the air – but it’s satisfying too. It takes discipline….and luck.

  6. Jane Heller

    And they’re going, duque. One at a time. Pretty soon I’ll be a toothless wonder.

    Theatricality. Hmm. I like the sound of that, Matt. Or are you saying I’m a drama queen? LOL. Thanks for the kind words.

  7. roshkoch

    Psssssssssssssst! If you want to rebound quicker to get back on the team, I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who read an article about HGH on wikipedia. He claims you can heal quicker, ya know, like Wolverine. Just sayin’….

  8. latinyankeerebel


    Hope all went well with your root canal…I have to admit, it’s quite a sensation when you get out of the doctor’s office… You should login immediately and just type away…

    – yankee rebel

  9. Jane Heller

    You were right, Bob. No Manny signing while I was sitting in The Chair today. Did your tooth really start hurting?

    It was worse than facing Halladay, Jeremy. At least with Doc, you hope he’ll get tired in the late innings. Not so with my dentist. She never let up.

    Vodka, Erin? I was thinking I’d just start swigging from the bottle of wine I have here.

    Rosh, Tom and Kathy, are you suggesting I do ‘roids? How could I allow my career to be tainted? I want to be known as someone who blogs the right way.

    Here I am, Yankeerebel – straight from the dentist’s office. How’s that for blogging hurt?

    Gomets, it looks like Manny didn’t make any noise today and I didn’t miss a thing.

  10. Jane Heller

    They wouldn’t let you be my friend? That’s so wrong, Greg! I have a regular old page, so you just need to go on that one.

  11. Kylie

    Yeah, I think my tooth is fractured as well–it hurts when anything hot, cold, or rough hits it and hurts for a while. Probably I should go to the dentist…
    Finished The Book. I LOVED IT. I LOVE YOU! I laughed, cried… loved it. Your emotions at the end of the season exactly mirrored those I experienced after the last 2007 World Series game… I laid in bed and cried for like three hours.
    Kylie —

  12. Jane Heller

    If your tooth hurts with hot and cold, you’re looking at a trip to the dentist for sure, Kylie. But on to a more pleasant subject. I’m really excited that you loved the book! I figured you’d relate to that meltdown scene. I didn’t exaggerate. I was a basket case. I know some people think it’s crazy to care so much, but we know differently.

  13. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jane …

    I have been busy and have not been able to comment as much as I would like to ….. So, I’m just trying to catch-up a bit, traveling around the mlblogosphere to offer comments on as many blogs and posts as possible … First, “Congratulations” on your #1 ranking on the latest “Leader’s List” [once again] !!! … Way to go !!! … Also, I hope you have fully recovered from your root canal work !!! … Live Baseball games start today, so that has to make all of us feel okay … Take care, Jane !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  14. Jane Heller

    Hey, Jimmy. I’ve missed you! Hope all is well in your world. This blogging does take up a lot of time and energy, so I understand the “work” involved in trying to catch up. My tooth is feeling fine now, thanks. As for the ranking, I’m just glad to be able to entertain those who stop by.

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