Mr. Hydrocodone


Yup, that’s me.

Had an impacted wisdom tooth extracted, also a bad tooth adjacent because of the sideways wisdom and 2 implants prepared. All one can do is embrace the horror and get on with it. Fortunately, my best friend Kathy (an MD) was near via text and walked me through post-op care.

This sketch is pretty damn descriptive, but tomorrow will apply paint. There is no turning back with my left ear. I drew it and I’m living with it.

If you have noticed brighter colors lately, tomorrow’s won’t be. Today was a blur of shadow and odd sensations. Plus, I could see the dark shadows of an empty wallet pressing in my pant’s pocket. How I got this sketch on paper is a mystery, but as Kathy reminded me, “I probably learned how to draw ‘using’, so many years ago”.

Long live Cream. Their music has taken me home. (



Categories: Drugs, Hydrocodone, Oral Surgery, Pain, Self PortraitTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Barry Comer

I volunteer as a design and communications consultant with Family Scholar House in Louisville, Kentucky, the Democratic Socialists of America and teach children with emotional and developmental disabilities.

I have degrees in art and was an art director for 30 years.


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