Tuesday, July 24, 2007

note to self

When the dentist says 'be careful with eating until the numbness wears off', he isn't just referring to avoiding very hot or very cold food and beverages. He means 'don't eat anything'.

Full stop.

No matter what you might think, the superb strength displayed in holding your mouth open for a dizzying length of time is admirable but not worthy of a sweet treat. Pretense at calmness and bravery in the face of anxiety is to be commended. But not rewarded with sugar. Attempts to fall asleep as the drill drilled and the suction sucked are noteworthy... but should not be repaid with chocolate-coated, raspberry-flavoured licorice. (Don't even think about the nasty food colourings in that one!)

Because when your mouth is numb, you can't feel anything. Not anything! Not your gums, not your teeth, and certainly not your lips.

Which might explain why your lip started bleeding as you chomped rather clumsily through both it and the chocolate-coated, raspberry-flavoured licorice. The painlessness of the lump and bruise cannot hide the sad truth that you suffered a self inflicted injury because of your foolish misinterpretation of the dentists instructions. While he thought you were sensible because you were donned in a nurse's uniform you have shown yourself to be rather silly.

Next time - heed the words of the dentist and don't eat anything!

(Four hours later and I still have a numb lip. But I didn't feel any of the drilling! Marvellous!)



At 9:45 pm, July 24, 2007, Blogger Robyn said...


At 9:15 am, July 25, 2007, Blogger Deanna said...

oooch. I'm sorry, but glad you survived, and, hey, chocolate's worth it (though I'm not sure about licorice).

At 8:35 pm, July 25, 2007, Anonymous Karen said...

You know some years ago a couple of researchers were given a huge grant to investigate the number of times people break wind in a day - and if there is a difference between men and women...So it would seem this fascination with wind/gas/flatulence ..whatever you might call it, is significant enough to warrant major expenditure! And..my grandmother always said 'wherever you may be let your wind go free' - so Cecily, I think you should just go with the flow and don't look to the left, right, or behind you as you make your way to and from these cold mornings.

At 10:27 pm, July 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photo - impressive! Poor Cecy!
Chocolate and raspberry licorice will hold special memories for you now. Not nice. J & C

At 6:50 am, July 26, 2007, Blogger Cherie said...

You are a bwave bwave lady, Cecily. I'm proud of you any old way. And you didn't feel the drilling - yay! Sunshine and lollipops you were pain free!

At 10:00 am, July 27, 2007, Anonymous Sandy said...

Yeh, fat lips and perhaps later sore lips, but very sexy. Be proud, you have rewarded yourself for being brave by going to the dentist yet again!


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