The lovely lady who helps me in the kitchen had a bad toothache that
By Wednesday she wasn't sleeping well and looked really tired. She
arrived Thursday working extra hard to finish a full day's work
before 2:30pm to see the dentist on the way home. She missed him.
This morning I find out he only sees patients before noon, so she
wanted to go back this (Fri) morning for the procedure. I told her I
wanted her to go early rather than late (wouldn't want to miss him
and have to wait a couple more days!)
She had what looked to me like a wisdom tooth pulled for $4. She
didn't want to spend the money for the pain medication - it was an
extra $3! I was dumbfounded.
What level of pain must be 'normal' to endure a full-grown wisdom
tooth extraction without drugs?!
For hundreds if not thousands of years, this is how people managed.
But pain like that is so foreign to me.
I'm still dumbfounded.
I told her I would have paid the $3 for her - in a heartbeat! She
said the last two times she had a tooth pulled, it wasn't this bad.
I sent her home with ice and ibuprofen to rest, but she has to walk
over a mile to get there. This is a reality almost totally foreign
to me. And yet quite normal here. She was shocked when I said I had
4 wisdom teeth out at the same time, and now I see why.