You may have noticed that posting has been sparse these last few days. That is because I have been enduring the pain of an infected and decaying wisdom tooth. I will not say it is a pain worse than child birth, because that is a feeling like none other and thoroughly indescribable to those who have not experienced it. I will say that I lasted far longer without medication during active labor than I have with this tooth. The sharp, radiating pain that has taken over the entire left side of my face has left me exhausted, irritable, and generally unwilling to participate in life unless heavily medicated with ibuprofen during the day and a nightcap of Vicodin before bed. It has also taught me that I am not a good candidate for a post apocalyptic heroine.
I’m sure I am not the only one who has imagined what it would be like to live in the worlds of our favorite stories. Prior to this event, I imagined I would do all right. I wouldn’t be the hero of the story, but I would survive. After all, I am a hard worker and I don’t often let a bit of pain or a lingering illness knock me down. However, while on the train home from work yesterday, while I sat through waves of pain that made me feel as if someone was drilling into my jaw bone, my brain took me to a very strange place where I began to list the reasons why I would not do well.
Reasons I Would Not Survive in a Post Apocalyptic Society
- Pain from a decaying tooth is debilitating to me, and there would be little to no dental care. On top of that, if I can’t handle the tooth pain, it does not bode well for broken bones and other such mishaps.
- I become both hangry and depressed if I go without food for much longer than four hours.
- I doubt I could shoot even a zombie to kill it, and on top of that, I would need to learn how to use a gun.
- Speaking of zombies… <shudder>
- An intense fear of snakes and spiders makes living in the wilderness a difficult prospect.
- I catch every cold that goes around, so you can say goodbye to me during the plague that brings on the apocalypse.
How do you think you would fare? What would do you in? If you need some material to help jog your brain, here are some post apocalyptic novels that I love:
Six Post Apocalyptic Novels I Love
- Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
- The Passage by Justin Cronin
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Let me know in the comments what your favorites are!