Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Dentist and Di and, as always, other things

My 'to-do' list now fits on a small piece of notepaper.

My root canal filling was finished today.

My suitcase is mostly packed - mortifyingly enough, repacked by Gert who knew he could do it better. I was appropriating his suit suitcase and it's so different to packing my backpack or that other small bag I use for short stays. It's beautiful now ... I'll have to sneak home and unpack it while he is working so that he doesn't see my mess after Rome.

I fly tomorrow.
And so it begins ...
6 nights in Rome.
2 days home, 4 days in Berlin.
5 hours on Belgian soil then 10 days in Istanbul.

And then, in a moment of recklessness, I booked my next dental appointment for mid-June.
The dentist wants to x-ray all my teeth.
I agreed as long as she promised not to exclaim 'OHMY!' when she saw the results.
She promised.

She then asked me whether I had thought of having all my dental work done under general anesthetic.

I replied that it had occured to me to get a medic alert bracelet that invited surgeons operating on me in an emergency to also call in a dentist to do any undone dental work.

This amused her.
I'm not sure she had known anyone with a plan like that.
I confessed that I found the root canal work okay with her and that we could try to continue one tooth at a time.

So we will.

I've been a little distressed about wear and tear on my body this year and so I've decided to face all my fears this year and undergo the battery of tests that I might have been avoiding for some years ...

Avoiding to the point where I haven't actually sent for my doctor's notes from New Zealand. I hope to avoid becoming a morality tale and may not tell all on the blog. Sigh.

Anyway, I have all I need to blog from the road, just need to see what is possible in terms of internet connections and time.

Take care and if you would like a postcard from someplace, email me and I'll send one from somewhere.

Tot ziens from this kiwi that defied its flightless bird status and flew.


Michelle said...

Safe travels...

Michelle said...

Safe travels....

traveler one said...

I also avoid doctors etc... but I do give it some thought every once in a while. Maybe we should make a pact with each other to take better care of us?

You're going to have a wonderful trip (I know- I'm sending you all my 'fun' vibes!).

Carolien said...

Dear Di,
Have a wonderful time. I look forward to reading your stories and seeing your photos.
Warm wishes,

Paola said...

Have fun!!!

furiousBall said...

I feel your pain amiga. Have a safe trip and take some more pictures, there are still empty spots on my walls. :-)

Manic said...

Lucky you. I'll be at home studying :'(

Have fun and don't upset the security people at the airport (they aren't down with Kiwi humour). :D

Inge De Leeuw said...

Good luck on your travels, Di, may you shoot excellent photos and gain even better memories!

Shashikiran Mullur said...

Have a wonderful time! I look forward to the stories and the pictures.

chiefbiscuit said...

May you and your teeth have the bestest time. Bon voyage.