What’s your worst nightmare?

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Back in my pub days I used to spend some time with some crazy Glaswegian ladies who also happened to be nurses.  We always used to joke what a nightmare it would be to be involved in some sort of accident and waking up with them standing over you.  Thankfully, that never happened but I did have a close call on New Years day when I ended up in A and E and the majority of staff were either still intoxicated or dreadfully hungover but I won’t go into that now.

This happened to a friend of mine awhile back.   She had a terrible phobia of the dentist.  I liken it to my fear of snakes, dogs and flocks of birds.  Unfortunately, she had a tooth abscess and was in terrible pain.  In addition, it was a Saturday and she was supposed to be going on holiday on Monday so she had to bite the bullet (so to speak) and book in with a dentist.  Luckily, we have another friend who is a private dentist and a very good one I must add.  So, she offered to open up her surgery and sort out my mate’s poorly tooth for her.

Can you imagine the look on her face when she looked up and saw yours truly in place of the dental assistant?  It was priceless.  Being a Saturday the regular dental assistant wasn’t available, so my dentist friend asked if I could pop in and help as she needed an extra pair of hands and I only lived around the corner.  It was great fun, I got to wear one of those face shields, play with all the buttons on the chair and operate the suction!  It’s not as easy as it looks!  Within minutes and with a bit of drilling they managed to release the pressure and her pain was almost gone instantly.

However, to add insult to injury she had to pay for the pleasure.  I bet she wishes she had dental insurance!

Are you scared of the dentist?

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