I just knew he would so I can't say I'm surprised.
Guys, early this morning I headed for the dental clinic. I got there by 7am because you know how government owned institutions can be. Everybody wants freebies! At least that's what took me there; awoof. I'd naively believed someone who told me that she had her procedure there and it was neat, the doctors were clean as a whistle and everyone was very professional, but most importantly, it was FREE! She said all I needed to do was ensure that I got there very early so I could be attended to timely, because there's often a large crowd. Well she was right about one thing; large crowd. Everything else begs the question; was she referring to that dental clinic or another one?
First off it cost me way more than I'd have imagined it would, even in a private clinic. In fact, had I not withdrawn some cash to pay for something later on I wouldn't have been able to foot the bill. And then I must tell you about the room you go into to answer some questions and have your oral cavity searched to ascertain the real problem a patient has. When I walked into that room I was assaulted by the stench of a thousand decaying mouths. Damn! It was just the doctor and I but it seems everyone who's ever opened their mouths in that office left the odour there when they were leaving and something traps it in. I've never perceived anything so sickening.
The lady looked in and then she delivered the news, I didn't have one but three bad teeth, I would need to have 2 removed immediately and I could either remove or refill the third. I thought to myself that at this rate I wouldn't have any teeth anymore. Since the third one isn't so bad yet, and I don't like the idea of refilling my teeth I told her to leave that for now. These people uprooted two of my teeth and it wasn't even funny!
The dentist was a mean mean woman. She broke my heart because I'd prayed that she would be the one to handle me. I took in her stout frame, the hijab and her unassuming face and I said to myself; she looks very maternal and compassionate, I pray my card ends up in her office. Well as they say, be careful what you wish for.
This woman treated my mouth like she was operating heavy machinery and drilling soil with rocky formation. She was just puncturing my mouth with the giant needles without any care or patience. When my mouth was well numbed and swollen to the size of a tennis ball, she asked me to go out and wait. Eventually I was ushered back in and she clamped my upper toothe and dragged it out. That one was out in a second. Now my lower tooth... She hammered and tugged and pulled but it wouldn't budge. I was beginning to feel uncomfortable and her elbow was pressed against my chest and I couldn't breathe. I squirmed to get some air and she shoved me further into the reclined chair. Eventually this lady broke my tooth in several pieces and then started bring it out shard by shard. However, some portion was still firmly rooted in the gum and then she brought more equipments to dig it out. Elbow on my chest again I shifted to get air and then she scolded me; "You better stay still before I walk you out of here!"
Nawa o! Is this how doctors treat patients in Nigeria or is it just the ones that work for the government?
I'd wanted to tell her that if she wasn't doing a shitty job of it we wouldn't have any problems.
So as you can imagine, two teeth pulled out and one that was shattered like glass inside my mouth, is it any wonder that for the first time I do an extraction I'm actually hurting? And yes, I believe Memphis has something to do with it, I knew he would jinx my extraction experience 😢.
Well eventually I had to text my dad to come and pick me up, I'd planned to take a cab but seeing as my mouth was swollen shut and leaden with anesthesia, and I don't know sign language, I couldn't take the cab. I'd been very confident that this would be just as easy breezy as the others.
Well that's it for now. Unfortunately I may not be able to eat a thing today, even water hurts. Once I get home I'm taking Panadol Night and sleeping till tomorrow.
Seriously though, these people want to take all my teeth out. Dang!