On echos of pain
And moving on
I get made fun of lots.
Primarily, it’s my wife who mocks me.
They’re not far behind in pointing out my every hypocracy and weakness.
It’s really quite fun.
Last week I had a tooh extracted.
It was paiful.
It was upsetting.
It was hilarious during the extraction really.
My dentist and her hygenist like to listen to oldies radio.
Frequently they sing along.
While I was lying there on giggle gas and they were attempting to wrench one of my favourite teeth from my face (what? you don’t have ‘favourite teeth’? Here’s a hint, they’re all my favourite)
Where was I?
Right. While they were attempting to wrench one of my favourite teeth from my face We are the Champtions by Queen came on.
While lying in the chair, one held the suction. The other swayed back and forth, tugging on my tooth in time to the music.
The two of them started singing along.
(and neither of them were terrible)
So, while inhaling the happy winds of nitrus oxide, I decided I need to join them.
There was a problem
(as a sensitive and astute reader, I’m sure you can imagine this problem)
I had a pair of pliers in my mouth and my head was twisted from side to side as each swelling chreshendo of this operetic rock classic tumbled tinnily out of the offices thin ceiling monted speakers.
My attempts to sing were poor.
I could not articulate a thing.
I merely made throat noises.
And given the giggle gas?
They were loud ones.
I sounded like a cross between a fog horn and a wounded shrew.
Shrill, squeaky and droning loud.
There were likely a lot of confused dogs in the area.
By the end of the song the tooth was out.
They were the campions indeed.
And despite my pleasure and protestations, the laughing gas was turned off.
Four days later?
My mouth still hurts.
My jaw still hurts.
When we rip away a part of ourselves, even a rotten old tooth, the pain sometimes takes a while to diminish.
When we rip away a part of ourselves, something integral to us goes missing. We lose our integrity.
And when that happens, the pain can last for a while