Sunday, July 22, 2007

Things I've learned this week

- a procedure announced to take three hours can take five

- knitting at the dentist's is possible, but the result might have to be frogged

- my dentist knows how to knit, but she calls the stitches "knots" - which confused me (being drugged up and sore from keeping my mouth open for five hours didn't help)

- talking about anesthetics: I need an extra shot to numb everything that has to be numb 100% and I need a refresher shot after four hours so I don't have to feel the drill doing what it does

- burning tooth enamel stinks to high heaven and makes me way uncomfortable; my dentist confesses she loves the smell

- while I find it reassuring that I am not the only one who can't think of the appropriate vocabulary at times, I find it utterly disturbing when it's my dentist that keeps saying "I need one of the thingies, the blue ones" or "give me one of the round thingies"

- be alert to jump up and not swallow a cerec onlay that gets accidentally dropped

- that under normal circumstances I would feel bad if someone (the dentist assistant) missed out on a dinner invitation because she had to work late, but being the one worked upon for five hours made me somehow less compassionate

- I can read about 600 pages in 10 hours flat (but I don't get anything else done)

8 comments:

Kate said...

Dude, Mona. I'm glad your dentist isn't mine. It doesn't sound like it went well.

nadine said...

how could you sit to Read that long without wanting to knit? sitting still makes me want
to knit. (!)

Connie said...

My sympathies, Mona. I hate going to the dentist. 5 hours in the chair? Ugh. Well, at least it's done now right?

qusic said...

hoffentlich haben sich die Stunden Zahnarbeit gelohnt, nicht nur für deine Ärztin...........
I hope it worked well with your teeth, not only for the budget of your dentist
I found you on ravelry and just had to visit.

Alison said...

Oh, you poor thing. I hope you've recovered!

Magatha said...

Yeah, I've done my five hour stints in the dental chair, more than once. Cerec guarantees you'll be there longer than you were told. Hope your jaw is better. It's achy after being open for so long.

Carol said...

How can someone love the smell of burning tooth enamel? No wonder dentists have such high suicide rates. I'm with you -- one time I had to get a chip fixed and I almost passed out.

Hope all is well with your teeth now -- and stays that way for a long time.

Giynlith said...

Hi Mona! I recently finished my first pair of Embossed Leaves socks and I absolutely love them! I can't say enough good things about the pattern. Thank you! :)