Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Dental Hell

It's been almost three years since my last visit to the dentist and it took constant pain and a (separate) broken tooth to get me to go back. I have dental fear. Nay, dental terror. My dentist is better than average, but for a chickie with bad teeth, a nasty gag reflex and some weird dental pain thing (I can always feel it when my teeth are worked on - last time I got pumped as full of novocaine as is possible and ended up getting some other painkiller shot directly into the nerve that killed the pain but made my heart race like a hummingbird on crack...not pretty, not fun, not something to encourage regular dental checkups). Essentially, I've got about 3k worth of work that needs doing - and that's after my dental insurance picks up their share. Yup, the super-duper oh-my-god deep cleaning comes in at a thousand bucks (200 big 'uns per "quadrant"), two crowns and a couple of fillings. Yippee. On the plus side, I'm getting sedated *cue Ramones* for the two visits it'll take to get all this shit done. My dentist swears that most people don't remember anything at all and that those who do tend to remember just bits and pieces. Count me in. God. What I wouldn't give to be one of those lucky bitches with the strong healthy teeth genes.

NaNo is making me crazy. On the plus side, I've almost been keeping up with the ridiculous pace - I think I'm only about 750 words off where I should be tonight. That's mainly due to the fact that I talked the hubster into doing NaNo with me. We do sprints to see who can get 500 words done first. Loser has to do stupid stuff like buy the coffee, run to the grocery store, etc. He started 2 days late and is already caught up. Bastard. I don't feel too bad, though. I've been working on two projects at once and have technically written more than him, though not for NaNo. Ah, I'm tired and don't know how to say this coherently. Whatever, I'm running hard, not sleeping near enough, a little freaked by the dentist thing that I need to schedule for next week, but am holding it together with lots of coffee and chocolate. Thus endeth the Angie update.

6 Comments:

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

awwww...pat,pat,pat. That's about all that can be said about dental stuff.

I have the heart racing thing too--the dentist tried to convince me it's "normal" ...uh, my heart says "don't think so."

Good for you on the NaNo thing (Andrew too)


P.S. I'm signing anonymously but you know who this is. :-D

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Daniel Hatadi said...

I feel for you, mannette. Dentists. I love 'em.

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

Welcome to the Age of Crowns. That's when you finally hit the piont in your career when you can start putting a little extra by...and your teeth start disintegrating.

 
At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

[ORIN]
When I was younger, just a bad little kid,
My mama noticed funny things I did,
Like shootin' puppies with a B B gun
I'd poison guppies, and when I was done
I'd find a pussycat and bash in its head
That's when my mama said

[CRYSTAL, RONETTE, CHIFFON]
What did she say?

[ORIN]
She said, "My boy, I think someday
You'll find a way
To make your natural tendencies pay
You'll be a dentist
You have a talent for causin' things pain
Son, be a dentist
People will pay you to be inhumane
Your temperament's wrong for the priesthood
And teaching would suit you still less
Son, be a dentist
You'll be a success

[CRYSTAL, RONETTE, CHIFFON]
Here he is, folks the leader of the plaque!
Watch him suck up that gas!
Oh, my god!
He's a dentist and he'll never ever be any good
Who wants their teeth done by the Marquis de Sade?

[PATIENT]
Oh that hurts! I'm not numb!

[ORIN]
Oh, shut up. Open wide. here I come!
I am your dentist

[PATIENT]
Goodness gracious!

[ORIN]
And I enjoy the career that I picked

[CRYSTAL, RONETTE, CHIFFON]
Really love it

[ORIN]
I am your dentist

[PATIENT]
Fitting braces

[ORIN]
And I get off on the pain I inflict

[CRYSTAL, RONETTE, CHIFFON]
Really love it

[ORIN]
I thrill when I drill a bicuspid

[CRYSTAL, RONETTE, CHIFFON]
Bicuspid

[ORIN]
It's swell though they tell me I'm maladjusted
And though it may cause my patients distress,
Somewhere, somewhere in heaven above me
I know, I know, that my mama's proud of me
Oh, mama
'Cause I'm a dentist and a success
Say ah!

[PATIENT]
Ah!

[ORIN]
Say ah!

[PATIENT]
Ah!

[ORIN]
Say ah!

[PATIENT]
Ah!

[ORIN]
Now spit!

 
At 12:28 AM, Blogger Amra Pajalic said...

Good luck with dentist. I went for the first time in three years and he wanted to do a deep clean. Thankfully I'd ticked a heart condition on the form and had to go to my doctor to get it checked out. Never went back. That whole deep clean thing is a load of doo-da and I refuse to do it.

Good on you for doing Nano. At least you're managing to keep up with the word count. Once you've got it down you can fix it. I tried doing it myself and got some writing done but dropped out again. Sigh. Oh well.

 
At 8:39 PM, Anonymous dental said...

Very Good article , you make some interesting points .

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