Do You Need An Ambulance!? (A Poem)

I called 111 for assistance (a helpline within the UK)
I needed advice about the pain I’d been having every day
They asked me lots of questions to see how I was feeling
I told them it was time that I really should be healing

I told them about the tablets that made me feel all funny
I mentioned that my dentist had charged me lots of money
They asked about my general health and how I felt today
Do you need an ambulance? I replied with a firm “No way”

Had I had a heart attack, or perhaps, I’d had a stroke
I was puzzled by these questions, but they seemed well-meaning folk
Did I feel a heavy weight sitting on my chest?
I began to doubt myself and started feeling stressed

I confirmed it was those pills that made me feel unwell
My head was very dizzy, like I’d been on a carousel
Had I had an accident within the past few days?
Had I had a migraine with brightly shining rays?

Was my speech quite slurry; my mouth dropped on one side?

I said yes, but it was nerve damage the dentist had denied
I think you need an ambulance; I firmly refused once more
No, I really don’t, and yes, I’m certain, that’s for sure

I thanked them very kindly and said that I had to go
But you might need an ambulance. I really don’t, you know
I thanked them once again; I shouldn’t have a moan
And with that, I stopped abruptly and hung up on the phone.

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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 😊

81 thoughts on “Do You Need An Ambulance!? (A Poem)”

  1. Oh my word my friend.
    I thought you would be better by now.
    Believe it or not but the Doc thinks I have covid again.
    Have been man down for ages.
    Battling with low oxygen.

    1. Hi, Granny. Unfortunately not. I’m still in as much pain as I have been since having the tooth out two weeks ago! I’ve got some new, strong painkillers to take, which I’m hoping will help, but I can’t take them until my son and the children go home at tomorrow lunchtime as they’ll probably turn me into a zombie, and then I will be no good to anyone. I’m so sorry to hear you might have Covid again – that’s so unfair and miserable for you. It’s not good if you’re low on oxygen, too. Have they given you any to inhale while you’re ill? Much love and get well wishes, my friend. Xxxxx 💞💐💞

  2. Fiction? I hope so. If so this is so funny 😂 and genius.

    If it’s not fiction… call them back, please. And have them give you a medal. You deserve it.
    Thanks. This will be the last thing I read tonight. Gooood night my sweet. I bless you. XoXo

    1. It’s all perfectly true, Selma! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Talking to 111 is like talking to a computer. They take you through endless and seemingly uncessary questions. As soon as I said I had some jaw and face pain and my lip had dropped, they assumed I was having a stroke. All I did was phone up to get some information about coming off of the first drug I was given that didn’t help at all. They more or less insisted on sending an ambulance and I had to almost talk over the person to stop her from doing this. Sweet dreams, my friend. Xx 🤗💞

  3. Maybe not an ambulanoce, but that long in pain you need to see a doctor — not a dentist, or at least not the one who treated you. This amout of pain this long is not normal. See someone! Please!

    1. Thanks, J. It’s not good at all, I agree. Apart from the dentist who carried out the work (and the damage), I have seen two more dentists and also two doctors, the latter were the ones to give me the painkillers. Apparently, nerve pain that’s caused by nerve damage can last for several months or possibly forever!! If that’s the case, I will be going to see a solicitor and taking the dentist responsible to court for compensation, not that that will help with the pain. I’m trying not to think that far, as the thought is depressing. I’m seeing a different dentist at the responsible practice on Monday afternoon. The problem is that other dentists won’t comment as it comes down to conflict of interests and covering each others’ backs.. However, there is a General Dental Council where I can make a complaint if this goes on much longer. X

      1. Ass-covering is rampant in medical fields. One doctor successvully sued raises everyone’s insurance costs. Which cuts into practice profits. So nobody wants to say a “brother” screwed up. It is the bane of healtth care. I hope you can find someone who is more concegned sbout the patient than their pocketbok.

        1. Thanks, J. That’s very true. I’m not sure where I’m going to find anyone totally independent who will give me their honest opinion. I will phone the General Dental Council on Monday to see if they have any useful tips or pointers.

    2. I had a false alarm last year, had a severe pain in my chest, but by the time the ambulance showed up it was gone. They did an EKG on my checked my vitals, and considering the cost of going to the hospital, I declined going. But I know the feeling. You think you should be getting better but you don’t as quickly as you would like. Hope you feel better soon.

      1. Thanks, Brian. I’m sorry you had this frightening experience – it must have been scary having chest pain, which could have been much worse. It’s been over two weeks now, and I’m still in a great deal of pain. I took the first of my new, more powerful painkillers last night and this morning, but I haven’t had any relief so far. I know my doctor has started me on the lowest dose to see how I get on, so I daresay she will increase the dose gradually until I [hopefully[ get some proper relief and respite from the pain. Thanks for your good wishes for me to feel well soon.

  4. Oh, wow… it sounds like they didn’t help much 😅. I agree they were well-intentioned, though – probably just asking the questions they’ve been trained to, and it’s understandable they’d be worried about a stroke, without fully understanding the background.

    Anyway… I sure hope you’re able to see someone else about your jaw soon, since it hasn’t been getting better. In the meantime, maybe the new painkillers will hold you over without too much unnecessary pain. Hugs to you. 🙏

    1. Yes, I think they just have to run through the routine questions as instructed. Not a lot of help, though, as you said. They definitely mean well, but I was concerned that they would have sent a desperately needed ambulance out to me, which could have been sent to a far more needy person instead.

      It seems like I’ve been rather palmed off with the painkillers, although I’m sure I’ll be very relieved to take them tomorrow when my family have gone home. I have an appointment with the dentist responsible for damaging the nerve on Monday afternoon. I’m expecting them not to take responsibility somehow. Thank you very much for the hugs – so much appreciated. Sending hugs to you, also 🤗.

    1. I agree it’s good that they showed concern. I thank you for your get well wishes, Thomas. So far, unfortunately, I am still in a lot of pain, with no signs of improvement at the moment. I’m visiting the denitst again on Monday.

  5. I’m very sorry you have to balance so many considerations. It sounds like it would be very difficult to be a good host to the children. I hope something can be done to improve the situation.
        When I was about 11 years-old, my maternal grandfather was in great pain from stomach cancer, and was calling an ambulance over and over. They took him to the hospital each time and gave him Morphine which was the only thing available at the time (the other pain-killers had not been invented yet). It did not work and they sent him home saying that they could do nothing for him. When he couldn’t take it again, he called again, and he went through the same cycle. My mother was pregnant at the time with my brother. My father got a phone call from my Grandmother. He took me and my sister in our car to go see her. When we arrived, he told us to stay in the car and he went in alone(there were no cell-phones or other phones). We waited a long time in the car. The police came. Eventually he told us that my Grandfather was dead, and he drove us home. We did not go in.
        I never understood why he left my Mother all alone for the whole time.

    1. Thank you, Doug, for your interesting and thoughtful comment. Now my family have gone home; I realise how exhausted I am. Because I wasn’t taking the painkillers while they were here, I was putting up with a lot of pain. Now they’ve gone, and I am sitting at my laptop trying to catch up on other people’s posts and replying to comments on my own blog; I’m desperate to try the new, much stronger painkillers. I didn’t take them while the family were here as they are likely t knock me out, and I wouldn’t have been a very good host. Roll on tonight when I can take them, rather hoping they won’t turn me into a zombie and render me incapable of doing anything other than sleeping. I’m going back to see the dentist who damaged the nerve on Monday afternoon. I am taking a friend with me for support and also to witness the conversation. So far, the dentist has denied causing any damage to my teeth and their roots! Considering when I arrived there on the day of my extraction, there was nothing wrong with me, and now, I’m in constant severe pain, and it didn’t do itself! I can see myself taking further legal action regarding this state of affairs.

      I’m sorry you lost your Grandfather when you were so young, Doug. It must have been quite a blow, I should think. It must have felt strange being left outside in the car all that time. I wonder why your father left your pregnant mother alone for so long, too. Perhaps, he had a reason, but being young, you probably wouldn’t have had that explained to you. Take care of yourself, my friend.

    1. Thanks, Carol anne. I’ve been a lot of pain for a couple of weeks, now. I had a very difficult tooth extraction, which then became infected and the dentist managed to damage a nerve leaving me in intense pain. I was on morphine and then another strong painkiller, but they hardly touched the pain, so now, I’m on another very powerful painkiller, which I start today. The problem with these powerful drugs is that they turn me into a zombie! Fingers crossed I get some relief from the pain this time. Love and hugs to you, too. Xxx 🌼💕

  6. Oh dear, what a conversation to have to have and to reach no definite end point too! I certainly hope you are able to find resolution and that it all works out for the best. Sending love. ❤

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Layla. I’m starting on my third lot of painkillers today following two lots previously to no avail. I’m so hoping these help without turning me into a dozy zombie! Thank you for your love – you are very kind. Hugs for you Xx 🌼💕

  7. The NHS is under a lot of stress from being understaffed. However it is very positive that they took such detailed attention to your call and offer of an ambulance. Long live the NHS….. they do a wonderful job under difficult circumstances.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Geoff. I agree about the NHS – the staff are all overworked and underpaid. It’s no wonder they have been on walkouts and strikes. We are very lucky to have our NHS service, unlike many other countries where they are forced to pay or go without treatment or care.

      I was mainly concerned that they seemed determined to send an ambulance to me so quickly, although the wait would have been several hours and I was thinking about the other people who really did need an ambulance for ciritical reasons.

  8. Keep your chin up. Nerve damage will often resolve on it’s own. Fingers are crossed that you start to feel some relief. Must be hard to eat with a painful mouth.

    1. Thanks, Jeff. I’m hoping mine will resolve ssoner rather than later as I’m still in so much pain. I start taking my new, stronger painkillers this evening and am hoping they are more effective than the first lot and with preferably few horrid side effects. Yes, eating is very difficult. I’ve been living on soup, porridge, mashed bananas and yoghurt. Not very exciting. I can’t believe my extraction was over two weeks ago, and I’m still in so much pain. I’m also hoping the new painkillers were’t reduced me to a cabbage or zombie like the first lot did!

  9. Oh, Ellie, I’m sorry to hear you’re still in pain! It’s bad enough to be hurting, but it’s worse when the medical community can’t figure out what’s wrong. I really hope you get some answers and some relief soon….

    1. Thank you, Ann. I start my new, stronger painkillers this evening and am hoping they will give me some relief without too many side effects. The side effects of the other painkillers were awful. I didn’t have any side effects with the morphine, but it didn’t really touch the pain.

      The dentist that did the extraction denies that they damaged the nerve, causing all the pain. However, I didn’t have anything wrong until they took my tooth out. I have an appointment with them again on Monday, and if I don’t get anywhere with that, I will have to take my case further, which isn’t going to be easy, either. X 🌼💕

  10. At least you put the pain and medical hoohah aside long enough to put in down in verse Ellie. Inspiration despite trauma. The medical profession do great work but sometimes the suggested solutions are puzzling.

    1. Thanks, Andy. I always find it helps to write when I am feeling emotional about something. It’s a way of expressing my pain, whether physical or emotional. It is also how I process my feelings and experiences, good or bad. The NHS are wonderful, and I’m very grateful to live in a country where most of our care is provided free by the state. But, as you say, they don’t always know what’s wrong, and their suggestions can be rather puzzling. I hope you are well today. I have bright sunshine, and it’s a warm day. – lovely. Perhaps, the beginning of summer.

      1. Thanks Ellie.I have returned from a wonderful trip to Europe, however to a wet and windy Auckland. But good to be back home ! I hope that the coming summer brings hope and respite for you. Best, Andy.

        1. So glad you had a good trip, Andy. What a shame the weather’s not too good now that you’re home again. The temperatures are rising a bit this week here. It should reach 18-19C this week, which will be lovely. Roll on summer. I, too, hope that will bring some relief from the pain. Take care.

  11. I hope your pain is better now. Your dentist send you ambulance. Very funny title it’s “Do you need an ambulance”!

    1. Thank you, Rajkkhoja. Unfortunately, I am still in a lot of pain despite two lots of antibiotics and two different strong painkillers. I am very fed up with being in pain and being limited in what I can eat. Xx 💖

      1. What your dentist advice? You have teeth implant or any teeth problem. You had any surgery. You take only for liquid. Avoid cold things. You can other dentist consult.
        God bless you!

        1. Thank you, Rajkkhoja. I don’t have any implants, as they are way too expensive. I had a tooth taken out over two weeks ago, now. I had to have two lots of antibiotics for infection and have tried three different painkillers to no effect. Tonight, I will take my new tablets and hope that I can get some relief from my pain. The dentist who did the extraction isn’t being helpful at all. I haven’t been able to have hot food or drinks, but neither can I have things that are too cold. Thank you for your blessing, my friend. Xx 💕

          1. You are most welcome my friend. I know you have much pain. You took many strong painkiller but no relief. I some advice to u you believe it. You everyday three to four time warm saltwater rines mouth. No more take painkiller.
            I hope you believe it my advice.

            1. Thank you so much for your very kind advice, Rajkkhoja. I started doing salt water rinses when I had my tooth out over two weeks ago now. I rinse 3-4 times a day, but unfortunately, it hasn’t helped, which is why I now I need painkillers as well. Thank you for caring. Xx 🌼💕

  12. Oh, I am sorry that you are still in pain. I pray that you get better soon. Your ability to craft a brilliant rhyme from a traumatic experience, however, is both admirable and inspirational.

    1. Thank you so much, Aaysid, for your prayers and good wishes. Both are much appreciated. It’s been over two weeks since my dental surgery, and yet, I am getting absolutely no relief from the pain. I am going back to see the dentist who did the extraction on Monday afternoon, and I’m taking a friend with me for support and to witness any excuses they make. Thank you very much for your kind words about my poem. It means a lot to me. I start my new painkillers this evening, but I’m hoping they don’t make me too sleepy to be able to write and read my fellow bloggers’ work. Xx 💕

  13. Im’m not trying to play doctor, Ellie, just telling you my story. I was in massive pain due to a failed surgery, and nothing the doctors were giving me was helping. They just upped the doses to no effect. Finally I begged them to try something different, and one of them suggested Tramacet, which is an expensive mixture of Tramadol and Acetaminophine (at least in Canada). And miracle of miracles, it worked. My pain was nerve pain too, just elsewhere than my mouth. I still use this medication as a PRN for when I get flare-ups, and I get the Tramadol by perscription and the Acetaminophin over the counter and take them together — much much cheaper!
    I don’t know the perscription name of Tramadol, but that is the brand name in Canada. Something to talk to your doctor about. The pills they had been giving me were opiates, and I feared the dose strengths they were giving me, as I tend toward addiction. Tramadol has been effective for over 10 years now, and it is non-addictive. And I am taking the same dosage today as I was started on 10 years ago. I can go months without taking it, without any sign of addiction. For me it was a very positive step. And I mostly live pain free, especially in that particular area!

    1. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with me, J. I’m sorry you went through so much pain, too. I’m glad to hear that the drug treatment you are now on is working so well for you. I was about to say we don’t get Tramacet here, but then I realised it was only available on prescription, so perhaps, we do have it. I will ask my doctor about this when I can get hold of her (easier said than done!). We also have Tramadol, although doctors are very reluctant to give it to patients as they say it’s highly addictive, although you didn’t find it so. I hadn’t heard of Acetaminophen, but when I looked it up, we know it as simple Paracetamol (often with caffeine), which is easy to buy in chemists and supermarkets. I’m not sure about having the caffeine at night when I have my last dose of painkillers, as caffeine/coffee late in the day tends to keep me awake. I’m certainly willing to give that combination of drugs a go, as being in constant severe pain is beginning to take its toll on my life. I will speak to my doctor when I can, although I expect she will tell me to persevere with the Gabapentin, possibly at a higher dose, until we know whether it will give me any relief.

      I’m going back to see the ‘doctor’ at the dental practice who did the extraction at 4pm tomorrow. I’m rather dreading it, to be honest. I’m taking a friend with me as I get so nervous dealing with people in a possible conflict situation. I will let you know how I get on afterwards. Thanks again for all the advice and information you’ve given me 💙.

        1. Thank you sincerely, J. I wish the same for you, although I’m sorry to know you suffer great pain on your worst days. I wish I could take that away from you. Take care 💜.

          1. I’m used to it now, it’s been coming and going for almost 40 years now, so not to worry. But thank you for the nice thoughts. I don’t think I would be me any ore without the “bad pain days.” If I go more than a week without them, I start to dread when they will hit. It’s what I get for having lived a wild and carefree life. (Not really, but it sounds good!) ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 (I don’t understand why my emoji choices only include 6 colours-of-the-rainbow hearts. Someone clearly wasn’t doing their job well!)

    1. Thank you, Devang. That’s kind of you to say. I’m going back to the dentist again tomorrow, and I’m hoping that he will be able to give me some idea of how long this pain is going to go on. I’m now on a different, stronger painkiller, but unfortunately, it’s not helping any more than the last one did. Hopefully, it won’t be like this forever, and then I’ll be able to write about something other than the tedious topic of teeth. I hope you are well, and I will try to read your latest post in the next couple of days 🙏 😊.

  14. Dear Ellie,I am so so sorry that you are still in pain😪.
    You have had an absolute hell of these past few weeks🙄.
    I know there is nothing I can do, but please know you have my heartfelt wishes that things will improve.🙏
    Lots of love ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Dear Maggie, thank you so much for caring as you do. It has been rather relentless these last few weeks. I’m still in great pain, and nothing seems to help. I’m going back tomorrow afternoon to see the dentist who I feel was responsible. I’m not looking forward to if, I have to say. This evening, I have had strong painkillers and morphine, too, and still, nothing is touching it! Thank you for your kind wishes and words, my friend. Much love to you, also. Xx 💓❣💞

      1. You must be exhausted Ellie😪, you can’t sleep if you are in pain.
        I completely understand your anxiety regarding tomorrow.
        I hope someone is going with you and I hope this ends soon.

        1. Thanks for your understanding, Maggie. I am totally exhausted. I don’t really know what to expect tomorrow, other than, perhaps denial on their part. I’m lucky that I do have a friend coming with me. I don’t think I could face it alone. I don’t see how this is all going to end; however it is, I doubt it’s going to be a fast ride. I might add an update to this poem if I’m up to writing anything after I’ve been. Mind you, I think everyone must be tired of me going on and on about my wretched teeth. However, it’s difficult to concentrate on anything else when I have so much pain. Much love to you. Xx 💓🌼💞

    1. Thanks, Brit. It’s more that they have to rule out anything major by firing questions at you. It was just frustrating that I’d said my symptoms were because of the pain medication I was taking at the time. I have stopped those and am on something else now, but I’m not getting any relief from those tablets, either. It seems like it will never get better. I’m going back this afternoon to see the dentist who worked on my tooth, but I expect they will have a long list of ‘not our fault’ responses. 111 have to ensure you’re not having a heart attack or stroke. I appreciate that they are doing a job, but it was just frustrating going through the rigmarole of all those questions. Xx 🌻

    1. Hello, Mother Wintermoon. I am so grateful to you for stopping by my blog and reading my post, and leaving a kind comment. How lovely of you. Thank you for your good wishes and prayers for my pain to ease. It will be a great relief when the pain ceases, although the dentist I saw today said the pain could last for many months! That’s a somewhat depressing thought. Once again, I thank you for your kindness X 💐.

  15. Aww Ellie, I’m sorry your meds have made you feel so funny, and not in a ha-ha way! How’re you doing today?
    Are they new meds that you’re adjusting to, or ones you’ve been on for a while? I really hope you’re feeling better than you were in that respect.

    And the nerve damage from the dentist – was that caused a while ago? What a nightmare, I’m sorry that happened to you. In 2017, I had a filling done by a really nasty dentist. I asked for numbing cream for the injection and said “no, be a big girl, because big girls don’t need numbing cream!” Eugh. She messed my mouth up and I couldn’t open it more than half a centimetre for 2 weeks. Turns out it’d caused a giant abscess but my mouth slightly slants now on one side and feels a little weird. It made me quite self-conscious so I try to pull up that side of my mouth a little to level it out 😂 If we don’t laugh, we cry. But yeah, it never got any better. Arseholes.

    Sending gentle hugs my friend. Hang in there 💜
    Caz xxxxxx

    1. Hi, Caz. Thank you so much for your lovely comment today. I really appreciate you taking the time to write so kindly to me. I was on Oramorph, to begin with, and then, Pregabalin, which is meant to be good for nerve pain. Neither of those drugs helped in any way, and I got bad side effects with the latter one. The nerve damage was caused by my botched tooth extraction about two and a half weeks ago. Now, I’m on Gabapentin, which is also meant to be good for nerve pain. It’s also not helping at all, although I’m only on a low dose. I will phone my doctor tomorrow to see if she can increase the strength of the dose. I hate taking these sorts of drugs, as they make me so drowsy, and my hands shake.

      I saw the dentist again this afternoon, and he said that the nerve was damaged but not severed. He said the feeling of electric shocks I’m getting is a ‘good’ sign. He explained that it means the nerve endings are trying to reconnect. He checked where I was still numb but said that the pain could take months to go, and the numbness might never go!! I’m not happy. I’m finding it difficult to write and type as my hands are shaky. I get so annoyed. I’m also still living on soft foods and getting bored with them. I’ve lost weight as a result, too.

      As for what happened to you, that’s really shocking, Caz. That dentist needs to be struck off! How awful that she messed your mouth up and caused an abscess. It must have been so painful for you. How dare she treat you like that by refusing you the numbing cream and being so insulting! What a cheek! I wonder if she is still in practice as a dentist and how many other people have fallen victim to her nasty ways, I know how it feels to have a ‘wonky’ smile, as I had a mini-stroke many years ago, which affected the right side of my face and speech. I couldn’t talk properly for about three months and was driven to distraction by not being understood and having to write everything down. My speech returned after that, but my mouth slightly dropped to one side like yours. It won’t ever improve, but I’m used to it now and rarely think about it. I don’t think I’ve ever written about having a mini-stroke, although it was so long ago now that it’s like water under the bridge.

      I’m so glad you stopped by here this afternoon, my friend, as I wanted to say that I think I accidentally deleted your last post. I can’t remember what it was called, but I recall losing it out into the ether somewhere. Perhaps, you could send me a link so I can read it and catch up with all your latest news.

      Sorry for such a long reply. I’ve never been any good at abbreviating!

      Sending you much love and the warmest of hugs, dear Caz. Xxxxxx 🤗💖🥰💖🤗

    1. Thanks for asking, Mick. I’m afraid there’s been no improvement at all. I’m still in a lot of constant pain, and I’ve had morphine and two other strong painkillers, but nothing will touch it. I’m on another new drug called Gabapentin, now, but even that isn’t helping much. My doctor said, this morning, that she can increase them every few days, as I’m only on a low dose at the moment to see if I can tolerate them. Also, I saw the dentist yesterday, who said that the pain could last for months! I was horrified and rather upset at the thought. He said the numbness could be permanent! As you can imagine, I’m not very happy with this prediction. I’m going back to see the oral surgeon, who did the extraction, next week. I don’t think he’ll have anything different to say. I wish I’d never had the tooth taken out in the first place; however, I wasn’t once warned this could happen 😔. X

      1. I can imagine you are rather regretting it now, but was there any alternative? I just hope that you begin to respond to the new painkillers and that (obviously) the numbness wears off over time. Sending hugs!

        1. Morning, Mick. Thanks for asking. I didn’t really have a choice. The tooth itself had broken away and left a lump of black filling, which would have broken up to leave a gap and as the tooth was a canine so right at the front and showing. My teeth aren’t very good due to having malnutrition as a young child and then, having had anorexia in my forties, as well as drinking loads of diet coke in that period. Coke has something called phosphates, which wreck your teeth and bones. I must have got through best part of two litres a day! My dentist recommended having the tooth taken out. I have a lower dental plate with three teeth on it and the one I had out could be added to the plate, so filling the gap. Perhaps, I should be so conceited! The plate itself, gives me no trouble, but my gum, lips and chin have been affected.

          I started taking my 300mg tablets yesterday, but by the evening, I was feeling very sleepy. I can’t even remember getting into bed! I just hope my body gets used to them, otherwise, I’ll be walking around like a zombie. They are beginning to help the pain the tiniest bit, so, at last, I have a glimmer of hope, although I really don’t want to be a zombie for as long as the tablet are needed, which could be several months. And it’s all because of the surgery. I wasn’t given any warning or explanation that this might happen, and I think now, that I should have been. The dentist said that the numbness could be permanent! I’m not a ‘happy bunny’ as you can imagine. Thank you so much for your hugs, Mick, they are very much appreciated and welcomed. X

          1. No, I can see you had no choice. At least the new tablets appear to be having an effect.

            As for coke…back in the 1970’s I remember being told about – and doing – a simple experiment which was rather a ‘thing’ at the time. Place an old, very dirty, coin in a mug and pour coke on it. Leave a few days and remove the coin. Hey presto! Clean and shiny as new! It didn’t encourage us to drink the stuff.

            1. Goodness, I wish I’d known that trick at the time. Quite an eye-opener, although, now I come to think of it, I vaguely recall someone telling me you can clean a toilet with coke!! I think, when you’re young, you never think those things will apply to you. I can think of several examples where I could have made better decisions, even in my forties and fifties, but it’s too late to do much of it right now. We try telling our children what’s good for them and to get them to see how things will affect them when they’re older, but they think they’re invincible at that age. X

              1. The eternal story. We gain knowledge the hard way and attempt to pass it on to our children who are scornful at our un-coolness, or think we’re just stupid. They then learn the hard way and tell their children…

                I was fortunate in that I never really liked coke even then, I find all those types of drink taste like soapy water to me, and so I’ve never drank them.

    1. Thank you so much for reading my post and following my blog, Jonathon. I’m glad you liked my poem. Thank you too for reblogging my post – that’s much appreciated. Have a great day if it is daytime where you are 😊.


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