OT: Adventures in public transportation
As I’d mentioned earlier, John wanted me to see a specialist/periodontist for a second opinion on whether or not I needed oral surgery on my receding gums. My appointment was yesterday. This doctor was highly rated and John had had work done by him, so I had faith that I was doing the right thing. However, his office is in the heart of downtown L.A., which is a driver’s nightmare: a maze of traffic, one-way streets and parking garages that charge you the equivalent of renting a room. So I decided to take public transportation.
1. Walk to the bus stop.
2. Take the MTA bus to the subway station.
3. Take the subway downtown.
4. Walk four blocks to dentist’s office.
This took two hours. But at least I didn’t have to drive.
Upon my arrival, I filled in the usual sheaf of forms, with some interesting new questions thrown in along with the standards. “Would you say you are a nervous person?” (Yes.) “Are you apprehensive about dental procedures?” (Very.) I then waited an hour to be put in a dentist’s chair, where I waited some more.
Busy doctor. Back and forth between me and two other patients. However, he did spend a ton of time with me. Did a thorough exam, and told me that if everyone’s mouth/teeth were as healthy as mine, he’d be out of business. When I smiled at that, he said, “You don’t have to gloat.” I liked this guy.
I liked him even more when he recommended that we simply keep an eye on the recession, rather than taking an aggressive action now. I had plenty of root to the teeth, the teeth were not at all mobile and I was in no danger. If I monitored it, changed my brushing habits, etc., perhaps it could reverse itself. But even if it didn’t and stayed as is it now, it was quite livable.
Thank you for another early birthday present, Dr.
I was there for three hours, and it took another hour-and-a-half to get home. The subway was standing room only at that hour… fun fun fun. How do people do this every day?? I gained a new respect yesterday. At least the bodies I was crammed up against seemed to be well washed.
Nice end to the day — I found a package on my doorstep when I got home. Upon opening it, I was happily surprised to find Tina Fey’s biography, Bossypants. Craig sent it to me for my birthday. Thank you, Craig! 😀 He knows I adore that woman. I always liked her on SNL, but after 2008 and that dead-on sendup of Sarah Palin, she became one of my heroes.
OK. No oral surgery, for now. I can keep all the pain in my bottom, where it belongs.