Good morning, everyone. It's another cold start but the frost has gone and there's rain forecast for later. Jeff is out there, working his magic on my garden to make it look at least reasonable for a few days.
Yesterday as good. Transport worked really well for me. A bus came almost straight away, I only waited five minutes for the train which only stopped at Shenfield before Stratford and on the way home I got onto platform 10 and in pulled a train, first stop Chelmsford. Then I waited two minutes at the bus stop before along came a 56. It really couldn't have been better.
As for Stratford, loadsa shops in the centre, some that we have here too and some very posh ones with up market assistants and no prices on show. I had a lovely time meandering up and down the three levels of shops but failed to spend very much at all. All I got was some snowflake icing cutters because that's how I'm going to ice the Christmas cake; very simply with whiote icing and white showflake shapes and maybe a shiny spray over the lot and then a nice, red, gold and green ribbon around the outside.
I enjoyed myself but once was enough really. Chelmsford is really good for shops now so there's no need to go further abroad for the shops, just for the experience.
Looking at my colour coded sheet, the next one is this Friday when I'm off out with a friend to visit another friend who has her own yarn business. The chances are much higher that I will spend on Friday!
However, I'm feeling quite down today and it's my own fault totally. I have a real problem with dentists. Not quite a phobia but not far off, to the extent that I totally neglect that part of my life and always have done. However, deeds (or lack of) are coming home to roost. I've had some bad teeth for a while, that's one issue. The other is that for a long time I have had a bridge after I lost a tooth more or less at the front. I lost the tooth as a teenager and, after lots of unsatisfactory false ones, I finally had the bridge fitted so, obviously the teeth either side were also affected. For a while I've been aware that the bridge has felt a bit wobbly but yesterday late afternoon the worst happened - the whole thing came off.
So this morning I am off to a local dentists to see if I can get an appointment or five to have all the dental stuff sorted out and, to be honest, I am terrified. I know you're thinking 'grow up' so I will do my best but oh dear!
The other stuff today is Personal Training and a Governors' Meeting this evening, so I'd better drag out the paperwork and give it all a good read.
I will be glad when today is over.
Morning Joy. I empathise totally with your dental phobia - I had one too. Yes, had, not have - it's gone, although I will never like going to the dentist (who does anyway?!). I too neglected my teeth for years, as in not going to the dentist, because I was too terrified having had a couple of really bad experiences with quite brutal dentists in my teens/early 20s. Finally, last year I HAD to go as I had a wobbly tooth and raging toothache. I did some research and found a small friendly family practice and am so lucky - my dentist, Emma, and her nurse, Emily, are wonderful, so kind, sympathetic and patient, they put me at ease straight away, Emily even held my hand during treatment. I have no fear of going for my regular checkups now. It makes a huge difference if you can find a really good dentist - check reviews online and speak to the receptionists and tell them how nervous you are. Good luck, Joy, dental pain is horrible. xxReplyDelete
I think probably the problems I had with that knocked out tooth, plus the fact that one side of my mouth doesn't 'take' the usual anaesthesia, is one of the causes. I just hate anyone messing about with my mouth.Delete
I'm not actually in pain which is more than I deserve. With the state of some of my teeth, I ought to be. However, I do have a great nasty gap at the front now so can't smile and my speech is a bit odd.
I have an appointment for Thursday next week as it's not exactly an emergency, just to me!!
I'm exactly the same with dentists so you have my sympathy. I hope you get it sorted quickly. I know that there are dentists who specialise in treating nervous patients so that may be an option.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Eileen. I'll see how it goes. I did say I was very nervous when I made the appointment.Delete
You'll feel very relieved when it's sorted out; thing are so different these days, I would be honest about your anxiety and you'll find they are very helpful. I got over my fear after having a lot of problems in my early twenties; I realised that actually it is almost all painless these days, and it was my fear and not the treatment that was the problem. I recite poetry in my head to make the time go faster, don't know if that helps for you?ReplyDelete
Ironically I live nearer Stratford, but prefer to go to Chelmsford for shopping - it has all the shops I want, plus the market, charity shops and lots of nice places for coffee!
I like that you prefer Chelmsford. I've always liked living here but recently it has really blossomed into a great shopping centre - and in the care, with a following wind, I can be there in less than ten minutes!Delete
I'm glad I went to Stratford but I came home more than satisfied with my locality!
It was fun. I'm glad I went!Delete
I completely sympathise over the dentist. I was traumatised by a horrible dentist as a child, so I'm like you -- ignore them till they hurt or fall out! I'm not as phobic as I once was, largely thanks to having a brilliant dentist whom I feel totally confident in (my baptism of fire with him was having a bridge put in!). It costs me, but it's worth it. So I'd say it's really important to find a dentist you feel comfortable with, even if it means trying a few (or ask friends for recommendations).ReplyDelete
I've gone back to the practice I have used before - they're very good and very kind and do NHS as well as private.Delete
And they gave me an appointment!
Hugs. I have a dentist phobia. I do keep going though. I usually ask how long an appointment is going to be so I can tell myself it's only x amount of time.ReplyDelete
You're very good and very strong!Delete
I do hope all has gone well. I have a wonderful dentist who is very reassuring and I totally trust him. He never causes me pain, though occasionally a bit of short-lived discomfort. I'd never tell you to grow up; I am utterly terrified of flying no matter how often people tell me it is the safest form of travel. We all have our demons.ReplyDelete
They didn't go anything, just gave me an appointment so I still have that to come!Delete
For two or three weeks before my dentist appointment, I'm tense and nervous and when the dentist asks how I am I always say "terrified". But I've managed to keep going and endured root canal stuff and big filling in the last 2 years. But I shall still be terrified again next time so you have my sympathy.ReplyDelete
THanks, Sue. I need to get my act together and go properly and then I won't get into this state again.Delete
I drive for an hour to get to a dentist I trust as I used to work with his wife I am just terrified he will retire then what!ReplyDelete
That's a worry, isn't it? Hopefully there will be someone else to move too who is just as good.Delete
No further advice just that you have my sympathy. At least you've been before and know and trust the practice. Dental work has changed such a lot since we were younger and is now much more 'consumer friendly'.ReplyDelete