….. Schedule a dentist appointment right before you’re going to work.
You see, I’ve been getting all my dental work up-to-date the last few weeks and didn’t even think twice about scheduling an appointment for a filling just before I was going to work.
It wasn’t until I was sitting in the dentist’s chair chewing the fat with the dentist and the dental hygienist while we waited for my Novocain to set in that I suddenly realized: half of my face is going numb….. and I’m supposed to do speech therapy in about one hour.
Trying to keep my tone casual, I cleared my throat and asked the dentist, “So, how long does the Novocain last?”
“About two to three hours,” he replied, “Why do you ask?”
A laugh escaped my lips, “Because I’m supposed to give speech therapy after this and half of my face is paralyzed.”
The dental hygienist raised her eyebrows and chuckled.
The dentist considered that for a moment and then said, “Well, you are definitely lopsided. But if you’d like, I can shoot up the other side, too, and you won’t be lopsided anymore.”
I smiled a half-smile (since that was all I could do) and replied, “Thank you, Doctor, but I think I’ll pass.”