So the unthinkable happened!! I have never sat down to actually picture a day I’d have to sit with doctors in front of me, while their hands communicate the language they understand better after years of training, that scalpel mode(greys anatomy vibe), my mind was really not ready for this, but it had to happen. I happened to feel a strange kind of a pain in my gums that I couldn’t ignore. My initial response to pain is to google around, which I know is the worst idea for days, google always has a way of elevating anything you are trying to diagnose yourself on, I have had days when I literally thought I had few hours to live and this is because Mr google told me so. When I couldn’t find help on the net, my only option left was to go consult the dentist, and yes you have guessed right, he told me I had an infection and I would need to go through tooth extraction, “Sounds hectic” I thought to myself.
My first response was that which I believe most of us would’ve given, “No way, not a chance, I am not about to do that, what’s and alternative?” . And of course what followed next was him trying to convince me and showing me the pro’s and con’s of not opting for this phase, one that I still remember well was that he suggested that should I not go through this phase I stand a chance of maintaining this pain I had continuously, he would give me the prescriptions to take, it would numb the pain, but I’d later on still go through the same process, which for me that meant being a regular knocking at the door of the dentist, all because getting rid of the pain (tooth) didn’t feel like an option at that time. Regardless of the fact that he gave me his word about how the process was like a “walk in a park”.
I left the surgery with an undecided mind, luckily I had a full week to decide. Communicating this with family and friends instilled fear in me, I was scared of the unknown, I realized that most people have had to go through this at some point in their life, and the way everyone was sharing their experiences was terrifying for me, I grew scared of a pain I didn’t even know because I was listening to a number of people who has gone through this. I must say again that I have had a group that rather shared the kind of experience that my dentist spoke about, “A walk in a park”.
Well for sure you are eager to know what I eventually decided, family let’s just say I grew a tough skin, had my fair share of forceps and elevators, I thought of the pain and figured it was something I was ready to take on. The process was honestly not that hectic, not necessarily a walk in a park but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. I have had to watch forceps go through my mouth, this process on it’s own looked painful and something I couldn’t bear. But to one ‘s suprise it was not as it looked like.
Talking about things not manifesting as they are displayed, I was just thinking the other day, I thought of how we generally are scared of the unknown as human beings , how we would rather not engage on some tasks because it looks rather uncomfortable in our train of thoughts. The very same way I thought temporary solution to my tooth problem was a way to go, is how a lot of us would rather structure our lives, we anticipate the pain we know nothing about, and somehow it just looks like the odds are against us, and that moment you start questioning why you have to go through the said phase of your life, I personally did have a moment of feeling sorry for myself as far as that phase was concerned, I remember how the left side of my face was made numb and as I was driving home I held my tears, not because I was in pain but because the whole thing was just so uncomfortable, sounds familiar right? How many times have our lives offered a different phase of our lives that required a different way of doing things and we opted for running away all because we were too scared of the unknown? The thought of it sounded rather uncomfortable?
My approach to life has always been doing what needed to be done at the time that you needed to do them, thinking about it using my tooth scenario, if I opted for postponing, I stood a chance to go through a continuous pain that would vanish and come back every now and then. From this alone I learnt that sometimes life will push to make decisions instantly, and when that time is presented you, it’s good to remind yourself that you have in you to go through anything and come out a champ. It is also advisable to limit the voices that gives advices to your said phase, some of them will be so negative to a point that you feel you’d rather not take any action as far as where you are in your life, remember the voices that told me of the pain I was yet to experience?
We have been told of how nothing comes easy in this life, can I just validate the level of truth in this, yes it is true, you will always be required to make decisions every now and then, and your being trusts you to make the right one.
Ow just to let you know, the process with my tooth extraction was not as bad as I thought. What I’m trying to appeal to you is that you do what needs to be done Fam, just do it, forget the noise
To be continued….