Friday, February 25, 2011

This is what I feel like doing today


I don’t feel 100% today. There’s something going on with my gums and yes I’ve made a dentist’s appointment for Monday. I noticed last night that my gums were sore behind my two front teeth (of course), and at 5.30am today I woke and the pain was terrible. But I happened to yawn widely (pretty usual for 5.30am) and suddenly the pain was bearable and I managed to get back to sleep at 6.30am.

I was prepared to wait it out which is my usual course of action when it comes to the dentist, but a friend dropped by and upon hearing the symptoms urged me to take my phobia in hand or I could risk losing the tooth, eek! She knows what I’m like and has accompanied me to the dentist before. I’m sure my file at the dentist would have, written in scarlet, “Hysterical Mad Woman” but I just can’t help it. I have never been hurt at the dentist so it’s not that. It’s the feeling of invasiveness I can’t deal with. The nearness of this strange person leaning over me and putting his hands into my mouth and having no control of the situation. So is that it – I’m a control freak? Whatever it is I have three days to scare myself silly until I get there.

I might just do a Terry after all ……




  1. Good luck at the dentist. I'm like you.... I need an anesthetic before I can make an appointment. Part of the problem for me is the pain in the wallet even with medical insurance. I just don't understand why they are so bloomin' expensive.

    Best wishes,

  2. Thanks Deb. As for the pain in the wallet, well I don't have medical insurance soooooo
    My dentist has a mercedes to maintain and his wife a BMW so I guess that's two of the reasons that they cost. But I must say I wouldn't like the job of dealing with other people's teeth - I don't even think I'd like to do my own!
    ps to say nothing of what the vet costs .....

  3. Yes, I get claustrophobic in the dentist's chair. My last dentist visit was to a Government funded dentist, and I was amazed at how swift and simple the treatment was, compared with normal dentists, who seem to space it out over a few visits. And I would hate the job too.