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Delaying Complaining

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If nothing else has become obvious in my ten years of blogging, my quick tendency to complain about the simplest of ailments that befall me must stand out as a typical trait. Whether it’s my degenerating discs or the next poison ivy outbreak, I usually fall far short of stoically sucking up the pain and suffering privately.

Misery loves company. Don’t I know it.

I will be honest that this was exactly my first inclination when one of my recently turned sixty-year-old teeth fractured under an unexpected bite of a chicken wing bone. Sadly, this calamity contributed to spoiling our second visit to that quaint diner on the way up to the lake last Wednesday.

As I moped with Cyndie for the remainder of the drive up to Wildwood, wondering how and where I might seek treatment for this busted molar, there was a general sense that my long holiday weekend had been totally spoiled. Luckily, we had enough time in the car for me to have a change of attitude.

For the first time that I can remember, I decided I would squelch my urge to share news of my woes, in order to avoid engendering focus on my problem and tarnishing the rest of the joyous holiday festivities. It helped a little that my dentist returned my call Wednesday and remotely diagnosed that my description of the broken tooth cleared me of any need for emergency treatment.

I spent the weekend trying to remember to take small bites and only chew on the other side of my mouth, and successfully kept my problem from everyone except Cyndie, Elysa, and Julian. In the end, I think doing so worked out as well for me as for my intention of not distracting others with my problem. By not talking about it, I automatically tended to dwell on it less.

There was one interesting complication that developed when I called my dentist’s office. Not only were they closed for Thursday and Friday of the holiday weekend, but also for the following week in order to allow their entire staff a long summer vacation.

What good timing I have.

Fortunately, their away message offered a direct contact number for the dentist. She said her family has chosen to have a stay-cation and she will be in town this week.

She has offered to take a look at my tooth late this afternoon to see if she can offer some relief, sooner than later.

Thank goodness. I definitely have no complaints to offer about that.



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  1. Hope you got your tooth fixed, John: I must admit that I know how you must have felt as I just don’t feel myself when I have the slightest problem with a tooth until it is put right. I hope your dentist is as pretty and capable as mine. We usually talk about her two little darling girls rather than my teeth. Such a pain freeing distraction:-)

    Ian Rowcliffe

    July 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    • Yes, I did get it fixed! My dentist came in during their week-and-a-half vacation to remedy my calamity. She’s my hero!


      July 14, 2019 at 11:44 am

      • For those who know how important our teeth are, your dentist was nothing short of an angel. As my father would say, there are simple joys like biting into an apple that are priceless. Glad she came through for you and would prolong these blessings.

        Ian Rowcliffe

        July 15, 2019 at 8:05 am

      • I am so much more mindful now about the priceless joy of being able to chew without worry!


        July 15, 2019 at 8:52 am

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