Agony (A Poem)

(I wrote this poem last night when I couldn’t sleep, but I was too exhausted to post it then).

I went to the dentist today and had a tooth pulled out
Six injections and three stitches later, I didn’t holler or shout
The tooth was awkward and stubborn, so a difficult extraction
The dentist pushed and pulled it hard to try and get some action

My best friend came with me this morning, so I could hold her hand
I squeezed it tight till her fingers turned blue; I knew she’d understand
The gum has not stopped bleeding, and the stitches are very sore
I think I’ll take some Panadol and some more at half past four

I drove back to my house, pale and weary, just as it started to rain
Just what I didn’t need when I was in so much awful pain
I’d left in a rush this morning, forgetting to pack my mac
I’d got halfway there when I realised; it was far too late to turn back

I feel completely exhausted from so much trauma and pain
I do my best to look after my teeth; I don’t want all this again
I messaged my son and said that I can’t have the children tonight
My face is bruised and swollen, and I look a shocking sight

The teeth I have left are in a bad way with lots of amalgam fillings
They’ve cost me an absolute fortune, and I don’t want any more drilling.
Lots of saltwater rinses tomorrow, and nothing to eat till later
The absent tooth has left a hole; it’s almost the size of a crater

I’ve wondered in the past, whether I should have false teeth
They’d have to dig out the decay that is hiding away underneath
“I wish I’d looked after me teeth”, said Pam Ayres in one of her rhymes
That was long, long ago, perhaps, decades, back in the olden times.

(Pam Ayres – “Oh I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth” – 2 minutes 16 seconds)

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Author: Ellie Thompson

Writing my memoirs, musings, a little fiction and a lot of poetry as a way of exploring and making the most of my life ... ... Having had a break from writing my blog for more than three years, I decided to return to write my memoirs, some day-to-day observations, views and feelings. My passion is non-fiction poetry. I have a disability and use an electric powerchair called Alfie and let nothing get in the way of living life to the full. I believe that you can never do a kindness too soon and should give credit where credit is due. A smile or a kind word could make the difference between a good or bad day for a person - we never know what's going on for another soul. Those little things, perhaps, practised daily like a mantra, could mean so much to someone else. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading a little more about me. Please, make yourself at home here. You are very welcome. Ellie x 😊

55 thoughts on “Agony (A Poem)”

    1. I’m sorry you feel the same way as me about dentists, Maggie. It’s a necessary evil in my eyes! I am still totally exhausted. I was going to have a sleep this afternoon, but a friend wanted to drop something off with me a short while ago. Very much love 💗 to you, also. Hugs 🤗, too Xx 🥰

    1. Thanks so much, Brian. I’m very grateful for your positive thoughts and wishes. I’m still feeling pretty grim. I’m sorry I’ve missed so many of your recent posts. I can’t seem to keep up lately and it hasn’t helped with my laptop going drastically wrong yet again. I lost all my blog notification notices. I like to think I’ll catch up one day, but it’s a bit of a lost cause right now. I haven’t forgotten about you, though 🤗😊🤗.

    1. Thank you, Vidah. I’m sorry I’ve missed a couple of your recent posts. As well as being in pain at the moment, my computer completely crashed two separate times, and I lost all my blogging friends’ posts. I’m still trying to catch up and will look out for your next post. Take care. Xx 😘

    1. Thanks, Mick. Not a lot of improvement yet, unfortuanately, but then, it’s only day two. Hopefully, the pain will ease in the next 24 hours. Fingers crossed.

    1. Thank you very much, Butterfly. I only had it done yesterday morning, so I’m still in quite a bit of pain and unable to eat anything solid. I’m hoping by tomorrow, things will start to heal up and be less painful. Thanks so much for the positive vibes – they are much appreciated. Xx 🌷💕

  1. I went to the dentist as well a few days ago. My cheek is still swollen, lol. Hope you’re feeling better, the dentist is no laughing matter. Really, I hate going there. Take care!

    (I did not mean for this to rhyme lol)

    1. Thank you very much for reading my poem, Kat, and for being kind enough to leave me a comment. It’s much appreciated. I hope the swelling on your cheek has gone down now and that it isn’t painful. I dread going to the dentist, too, especialy when I have to have an extraction. My gum is still very painful and I am taking painkillers. I didn’t mind your rhyme at all – I thought it was rather nice. Take care. X 🌷

  2. This sounds rough! I have been there. It takes time, but I am sure the pain will subside. I hope you’ll feel better soon. Take care.💖🌸

    1. Thank you very much, Aaysid. I’m sorry you’ve had this experience, too. I’m still in some pain this morning, but at least the painkillers are helping, which is more than they were doing yesterday. I’m still only able to eat mashed banana with vegan custard. Just as well I like that! I hope you are well and that you have a good day. Xx 🌷💖

        1. Thank you, Aaysid. I’ve been to see my dentist again this afternoon, and he said I have a bad infection in my gum. He has given me stronger antibiotics and stronger painkillers. I am still in a lot of pain, but hope to feel a lot better soon. Thank you for caring, dear friend. Xx 💖🌹💖

          1. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about the infection and the pain you are in because of it. May you feel better soon. Take care.💖🌸

  3. So sadly picture of teeth pain. I hope very soon feel better. Lovely write up words use in poem recommend by teeth pain. So much pain when took injection & stitched. You are so strong . Tack care, Ellie? 🤠

    1. Thank you so much, Rajkkhoja. I’m still in quite a lot of pain today, but, hopefully, it will ease gradually. Thank you for liking my poem and for your good wishes. Xx 🌷💕

  4. That sounds seriously like the WORST. I’m always telling my kids to look after their teeth, but it’s not always about brushing and flossing. I inherited strong teeth and only got one cavity with each pregnancy, but both my kids have my husband’s porous teeth. They’ve had so many cavities even when they were little and didn’t eat any sugar at all. It seems genetics plays even a bigger part in dental health than anything else (or so I’ve come to understand it).

    1. I agree with you that a lot of our dental health is inherited from our parents. Both my Mum and my father had rotten teeth, full of fillings. One of my three sisters has escaped having bad teeth, but mine are mostly filled, crowned or missing. Not a pretty sight. Having said that, I was very unfortunately treated by a ‘cowboy’ dentist who filled all my back teeth unnecessarily when I was ten. They led to more decay and more fillings. He was ‘found out’ eventually and had done the same thing to some other children and was subsequently struck off, although it was too late to undo the damage he’d caused. Thankfully, my children’s teeth are more like their father’s and are pretty good. They also had very little sugar in their diet when they were growing up. My ten-year-old granddaughter is unlucky in having a rare condition where she has very little enamel on her teeth, so they appear yellow. She attends a dental hospital for this and has special toothpaste and mouthwash. They’ve said she’ll probably have to have implants as she gets older as there is no cure or particularly good treatment available. She does get teased at school sometimes, which is difficult for her to cope with. I’m glad your children’s teeth are okay. Xx 💕

      1. Cowboy dentist! Geez. You have some incredibly challenging life stories, Ellie. That’s terrible. I’m so sorry to hear about your granddaughter. I imagine that’s really hard for her.

    1. Dear Cindy, Thanks you for your good wishes. Unfortunately, here I am on Tuesday and still in awful pain. I saw my doctor this morning and she’s given me a drug that’s meant to help with nerve damage and pain. It’ll take a few days to kick in, though. Even the morphine didn’t touch the pain. Xx 💐💕

        1. Thank you for your kind words and understanding., Cindy. My doctor said that nerve pain is one of worst types of pain to bear, and it certainly feels like it. Xx ❣

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