Turns out I was optimistic in my hope to feel normal again by Saturday. I went to bed early Friday night, exhausted by all the pain of the past few days, only to be woken up by more pain around midnight. I dosed myself with some Advil and slept for a few more hours, only to be woken up with worse pain around 4 am or so.
I canceled the trip I was supposed to make the mountains yesterday morning around 6 am and then took the painkiller the dentist had given me Thursday night. That gave me a few more hours of sleep, but by 10 am, the pain was excruciating. I phoned the dentist office and was back in the chair a few hours later having a root canal.
The double dose of freezing wore off about 5 hours later and then the pain started again, (fortunately for me, less than it had been) and I developed a fever.
Luckily I had one painkiller left from the dentist, which let me sleep most of last night, and I felt well enough today to participate in Palm Sunday and Easter festivities today. However, I haven't had any painkillers for about 7 hours now (yes, I am counting the hours), and my tooth, jaw, and ear are still bothering me. I hope a few trusty regular strength Advils will let me make it through the night.
I suspect I'll be in contact with the dentist again tomorrow morning.
With any luck I'll be able to blog about something other than my teeth in a few days.