Hen’s Teeth!

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Hen’s Teeth!

Recently, the Agent and I have not been seeing quite eye to eye on certain topics, namely teeth and frightening professionals in white coats.   This morning we were hardly on speaking terms.

A Small Falling Out!

In fact, we have had a small falling out as the Agent has been advising me to go to the Dentist

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Just look at these horrific looking instruments!

The beast!

And what about this horror?

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Doesn’t it strike a chill into the very core of your heart? It certainly does into mine. The Agent knows perfectly well what a coward I am and he still went ahead and said to Dr. Lamona when we met up at the May Bank Holiday Barbecue, that I’d like to book an appointment to have my teeth checked!  What!!!!  Can you believe it?

The dreaded white coat:

Dr. Lamona of the Dreaded White Coat, is a lot more fiercesome wielding her terrifying scrapers and drills,  than her husband Dr. Asil who is gentle and lovely while he pumps up blood pressure cuffs and writes out prescriptions. I don’t think Dr. Lamona believes in’ bedside manner’. And..there’s no accidentally forgetting on purpose to turn up to the appointment as her receptionist sends out stern reminders to attend and they ping up on one’s mobile.

 The Chair!

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Aaggghhh! Doesn’t that picture give you the heebie jeebies? And why do dentists always ask for the low-down on one’s holiday plans just when one’s mouth is stuck wide open? Dr. Lamona only lives round the corner and knows perfectly well that I’m not going away until the Poppy Pedal to Paris ride.


Yay – I escaped!

Hurrah!!! I only had to have my teeth cleaned! I was out of that chair (almost)  faster than you can say the alphabet backwards. What a relief! Now it’s all over, I can be truthful and admit that actually Dr. Lamona isn’t really as terrifying as I thought. Or she isn’t now anyway. By the time my next appointment is looming, I suspect she may have morphed into the White Coat Horror once again.

A happy knock-on effect:

A happy knock-on effect of my escape from the drill, is that this evening finds the Agent and me in complete harmony. He is again my convivial partner in life. Possibly though in 6 months time, there might be another dental crisis on the domestic front.

When facing the dentist, are you brave and sensible (as is the Agent) or weedy and cowardly like me?


(N.B. please say weedy and cowardly so I’m not the only one…)

Yours with sparklingly clean teeth,


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Post script: for a most encouraging link, please see ayersorchids’ thoughtful comment below!


  1. How very brave you are my dear. It’s the chair that instils fear into me and that bright inquisition-type light that shines into your eyes and mouth. Oh lucky you only having a quick clean and not the dreaded root canal treatment that goes on…and on…and on….and on….and on until it feels as though the drill is coming out through your eyeballs. I remember one dentist locking us into the surgery one lunchtime because he didn’t want to be distracted by anyone or anything whilst he bored up through my inner cheek……..such bravery my dear.

    • Root Canal Surgery… aaaggghh!!!
      Just look at this

      Dr. Szell (Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man) was ranked as villain #34 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains” list. He was also considered by Time Magazine as one of the 25 greatest movie villains to ever grace the screen. Both the novel and film contain a graphic depiction in which Szell tortures Babe by first probing a cavity in one of Babe’s teeth with a curette, and later drilling into another tooth, without anesthetic, while repeatedly asking the question, “Is it safe?” The quote “Is it safe?” was ranked #70 on the “100 Years…100 Movie Quotes” list. The dental torture scene was named #66 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The torture scene has been described as one of the most frightening sequences in film. (Wikipedia)


      BUT.. see ayersorchid’s most encouraging comment above (click on link) – isn’t that marvellous!

    • oh! Dear ayresorchids, you have brought hope into my life! Thank you very much indeed. (& ..I hope you are v. well). xxxLLH

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