Saturday, March 28, 2009

Say Cheeeese!

“Will it pain?”

Well that is an obviously dumb question to ask in my situation.
Obviously if 2 of your teeth are going to be pulled out-it is going to pain.

For the past few days, I was having great difficulty in eating or swallowing or
Talking or for that matter even simply being.
My right jaws were really hurting, from what I first thought was ulcer and then throat infection and then mumps (?!) and then subsequently wisdom tooth eruption-which is what one fake (presumably) doc diagnosed.

After a week of enduring the ever increasing pain and complaining to my entire team, I visited the dentist. And from that day went around asking everyone “Have they ever extracted your wisdom tooth? Did it pain a lot?”
Coz the dentist had said that all my wisdom teeth had erupted long back but 2 of them were facing space constraints-so out with em!

Finally the fateful day arrived and I went with great trepidation.
Anyone who has ever sat in the dentist examination recliner chair surrounded by these alien instruments all making some weird and menacing noises, with people peering and poking down your mouth can fully relate with me and appreciate my apprehensions!

Tears were pouring down my face even as the docs and nurses tried to calm me down.
They gave me some injections to allegedly numb the pain but most probably (I suspect!) to shut me up as I was bombarding them with so many questions.
Slowly my mouth became numb and after forcing my mouth open like a crocodile, in 5 mins – I was 2 teethless!
I guess dentists can never possibly fall in love with their patients…. I mean it is one of the most unromantic and silly positions to see anyone in!!

Anyway then I went home, had lots of ice cream, took my medications and eventually healed. Now I am perfectly fine eating whatever I want to and talking nonsense as usual.

It actually didn’t pain much-but I was soooo worked up and tensed that I even thought about pushing away the dentist and running from there coz I had never done it earlier and was so scared about how it might pain.
Isnt that how we are in real life too?
Sometimes we put up with a lot of unnecessary pain just because we are afraid of the unknown. As the saying goes, we think that “A known devil is better than an unknown angel” and refuse to root out something which gives us unhappiness or sorrow - be it an unhealthy habit, or an unsatisfying relationship or a frustrating job. We refuse to let go due to fear of being lonely or humiliated or rejected.
Of course, any change would be unsettling in the beginning.
But we are so worried about the “what mights” and “what ifs” and “what nots” that we fail to even consider that we might actually smile wholeheartedly after Time has sufficiently spread her healing potion on us.

As I smile now- with my 30 pearls!


  1. As someone who has made several dentists rich, I can perfectly relate to your experience. And true, most often we endure the unpleasant for fear of confronting and rooting it out for good!

  2. Do u rem the "Un pallu yaen ippadi iruku?" incident!!!?! In all my photos taken before 2005 I wld not be showing any teeth and smiling. Once I got them all straightened out, in all my photos I go "EEEEE!" After all we endured so much pain and discomfort and spent so much money-we deserve to smile a complete smile, huh!?


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