Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Abscessed Tooth

  • tooth #18
  • crying all morning
  • shaky hands and arms
  • "This one?" (she pushes on my tooth)
  • yelp-sink into the chair, hiding from her finger-big alligator tears
  • 3 fast acting shots to my gum
  • she placed her hand on my quivering cheek and said, "You were so pale - you look better already"
  • explanation of extraction, and reasons to get an implant
  • "I don't have any insurance"
  • sympathetic eyes
  • she takes her mask off to show that she is smiling
[6 of the worst sounds pressed into my deadened jaw]

*written in situ, and yes I did bring my moleskin to the dental chair with me

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