Am having a reasonable start to a expected good holiday..

Posted by Tandarin Nike Wednesday, September 7, 2011 7:02 AM
Feeling rather peckish the other evening, and having some time to spare between a trip to the dentist and an evening visit to a family friend, I popped into an speciality North Indian restaurant in Mangalore and was pondering the menu when a waitress came up and asked me how I was today.

Oddly enough, a check-out maid at 'Big Brother' had asked me exactly the same thing only a few days ago and for some reason had looked less than interested when I told her of the problems I was having with my heels and ankles, particularly on the left foot.

So this time, I decided to start at the other end of my body.

"Interesting that you should ask," I said, "for I have just emerged from a visit to my very expensive dentist who has, I hope, finally succeeded in putting right a problem that he performed last year."

"It had started wobbling dramatically, and not for the first time", I hasten to add, "and I would not have made a fuss but for the fact that I have a temporary filling on the other side of my mouth and had been advised not to bite on anything harder than a scrambled egg."

"So what with the filling and the problem, both sides of my mouth had become no-food zones, and I feared that I was in danger of starving."

She tried to draw my attention back to the menu, but I thought I ought to fill her in on a few more details.

"When he first put the implant in," I said, "he had been unable to locate the right titanium screw, so I think he used another one that had been left by the builders."

"Not long after, my crown fell out and he had to replace it, but then the screw developed a wobble and he had to take the whole thing out and start again."

"By the time that was done, he thought the problem was solved, but as I said, it recently began to wobble again and he could not get the crown off to tighten it, so he drilled a narrow hole through the crown just so that he could get the screwdriver in it."

"Frankly, I don't see why they can't have some sort of powerful X-ray electromagnetic screwdriver that can do the job through the crown."

"But the dentist said that was impossible, so he did it the hard way and has now tightened the screw and left an access hole in case he has to do it again."

"I'm sorry to hear.." she began, but I thought I ought to mention the huge dentist's bill I had paid to undergo all this inconvenience.

"You know," I said, "my builder, who is not the sort of fellow to leave screws behind, recently put in a whole new extra-large window extending down two storeys and a new door for the same price as the dentist charged for just one tooth."

"And neither window nor door has wobbled at all."

"I'm sure that with a bit of Polyfilla, he could have furnished me with an implant that would have done the job perfectly well, though I am not so sure I would have trusted him to do the earlier extraction with a pair of pliers."

"I'll have the Sheesh Kabab, please."

She hastily scribbled down the order and rushed off.

I really don't see why she asked how I was today if she wasn't interested.

And I hadn't even started telling her about my strained calf muscles and other ailments.

5 Response to "Am having a reasonable start to a expected good holiday.."

  1. shivani Says:

    Hey,
    So happy to see u back.:) :) :)
    The problem with the tooth is really bad and i had an incomplete job too when i had to rush to Paris.
    i suffered bad but thankfully not in Paris but the day i was on home soil. Hastily boarded another flight in all that pain to be with my dentist in Chennai.
    The problem was taken care off and i was relieved but can't forget those two terrible days.
    Yeah it the way of the world to mouth superficial concern ...besides from those who are concentrating more on being just courteous as a part of their professional etiquette what more can you expect.
    i am amazed how you could make it sound so hilarious.
    But please take care.
    Hope both the ends get better soon.

  2. shivani Says:

    pls ignore the typos for i was really eager to mouth my words of concern.

  3. Tandarin Nike Says:

    Shivani, Tooth ache is horrendous. Thank god I don't have any pain. Presently both ends are in good temperament and I need them to be so as I plan a back pack tour to Poona and the region. Will be back ten days from now. Hope to post some thing sooner rather than later once I am back. Take care

  4. Haddock Says:

    First time here.
    That was interesting reading. Unfortunately we run to the dentist when the damage is done. And its not a pleasent thing to know that at times they do goof up (like plucking the wrong tooth which happened to my friend that too in the USA)

  5. Tandarin Nike Says:

    Thanks @ Haddock for passing by.. Yes!!! it does happen many a times when a himalayan blunder occurs in the medical field. God help the patient then.

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