Monday, November 06, 2006

New Country, New Dentist

I looked up neurosis ... a relatively mild mental illness, not caused by organic disease, involving depression, anxiety, obsessive behaviour, etc. but not a radical loss of touch with reality.

I ordered my antibiotics for my dental work tomorrow ... rheumatic fever as a child and I am left with the legacy of antibiotics before root canal work ... a precaution they tell me.

Why do they imagine they can soothe my fevered imagination with the ominous use of a word like 'precaution'.

It's a word used by policemen as they rope off the area where the suspicious package is sitting alone at the railway station ... used by other professionals doing alarming things.

This time tomorrow and it's me and my new dentist in this foreign country.

So far I have noted that she doesn't x-ray before deciding to dig out the broken filling and that she doesn't have a dental assistant.

Sigh.

I want a dental assistant. I've always had a dental assistant working with my god-like-man-of-safe-dentistry back in New Zealand.

He worked, emitting an aura of confidence and calm assurance that always (as I was paying the bill), left me filled with feelings immense gratitude, making rash promises about not leaving it so long till next time ...

This time I've been out of the country since 2003 and could never afford him when I went home, says my little chicken heart.

Let's not examine that statement for truth.

I'll let you know ...

5 comments:

Mark J said...

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
-Gandhi :)

Manic said...

That Ghandhi dude was smart.

woman wandering said...

Within ... I shall work on it. I did entertain the idea of red wine but walked away from its dark promises.

Ghandi ... I think so too, Meneer Manic.

paris parfait said...

I have to take antibiotics prior to dental work too, due to a hole in my heart. No matter how you look at it, dental work is not fun. I'll be thinking of you and praying all goes well.

woman wandering said...

Thank you Tara ... and get yours done too.

Lol, don't I sound motherly (hmm and hypocritical). It's just I was putting it off until I was a legal entity here and now I wish I had done it when it first happened.