Oh, Not Another One

Oh, not another poem about her being in the wars!
Can’t she change the subject and get on with her chores?
Is it so essential to talk about her pain?
Could we have another tale before we go insane?

So, let’s talk about the weather; it’s beautiful outside
But what about the dentist and the damage he’s denied
She doesn’t like that surgeon; her doctor’s on the case
The whole *kit and caboodle is an absolute disgrace

But think about the summer with a lovely cool breeze
Look out of the window at the flowers and the trees
Now, she’s got some pills that should offer some relief
Yet, here she is going on about her blooming teeth!

Four days on these pills, and she sleeps, and she shakes
It’s difficult to concentrate; she thinks she needs a break
She wants to carry on her writing; it’s something she enjoys
But she’s drowning in the water, so we need to throw a buoy

So here she is, producing work; will she never rest?
Though everyone on WordPress makes her feel quite blessed
There is a lot of gratitude within this heart and soul
She knows that pushing on will really take its toll

So how about a holiday; where would you like to be?
Ooh, yes, she says,
delighted, and chose Southend-on-Sea
We could paddle in the water.  But the sea is full of shit!
Aww, can’t we dip our toes in just a tiny weeny bit?

*kit and boodle
(Collins Dictionary)

Informal (often prec. by whole)
The whole lot of persons or things; all of something

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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 😊

29 thoughts on “Oh, Not Another One”

    1. He said it was because the root was too near the nerve. However, this could be seen on my last x-ray so he would have known about this. I didn’t get a warning that it might happen, either. I’ve got another appointment to see him this week. I’m taking my friend. I will see what he says then. I’m really unhappy about the whole situation, as you can imagine 😔. Thank you for caring, Geoff – it’s much appreciated.

    1. Thank you very much, Braden. I’m pretty fed up with all this, too. I will look into their complaints policy, which is the first place to start when this sort of thing happens. I am seeing the surgeon again on Friday. It will be interesting to know what he says. And whether he will own up and take responsibility for the damage to my tooth, lip and chin. I will let you know the outcome if anything is worthy of sharing. I hope your day is going well.

      1. You’re very welcome. I think most anyone would be at this point – and that’s a good idea, for sure. Perhaps he’ll end up willing to take responsibility since you’re still experiencing symptoms, and especially if he’s able to re-examine to confirm damage. I’ll be looking forward to updates, and hoping they’re positive ones. It is, thanks Ellie! Hugs. 🙏🤍

        1. Thanks so much for your kindness and your hugs, Braden. They are so much appreciated right now. I hope the surgeon takes some responsibility, too, but to be honest, I’m not very hopeful. I will keep everyone posted with updates, and perhaps, one of two other posts if I have time, although, as I’m having to cut down on the blogs I read at the moment, I should have more time to write (that’s when my brain isn’t fried from all those super-powered painkillers. I hate how they make me feel like a zombie, and am just moping about the place half asleep 😴. My dentist appointment isn’t till Friday, but I will update then, even if it’s only a short post. Thanks again 💙.

    1. Dear Brian. I’m so pleased to hear from you as you probably thought I’d given up on your blog or unfollowed you because I haven’t been up to reading much lately. Sometimes, I’m able to read them and perhaps, like them, but then, I’m not up to writing comments. It’s nothing personal at all – I’m having the same problem with all my dear readers. I agree with you in that I shouldn’t still be in so much pain after three weeks. It’s really miserable. I go back to see the oral surgeon who took the tooth out on Friday. I will be interested to hear what he has to say and to have the opportunity to ask him some questions. I’m on large doses of Gabapentin, which is a very strong painkiller, but it barely touches the surface and it makes me very sleepy. Even morphine didn’t help! I promise you I will be back reading and commenting on your blog again as soon as I feel well enough. Thanks very much for having patience.

  1. I couldn’t help but laugh at your last line, Ellie. My cervical area is so sore and I keep wondering if I should take Celebrex today or not. It does work but I don’t want to become reliant on it.

    1. Aww, I’m sorry to hear that, Kerry. I don’t know what Celebrex is, but I guess it’s another painkiller. My doctor said that my Gabapentin is addictive, but I could never get addicted to it, as it makes me so sleepy that I’d be incapable of taking anymore. It took four this morning and couldn’t stay awake. At lunchtime, I took only three to see if I’d be less drowsy, but the pain was back full force. I will take four before I go up for a shower and bed, as it won’t matter if I fall asleep then. Hope you get some releif from your pain. It’s awful, isn’t it. I wish you well. P.S. I’m so glad you liked my poem. Xx 🌷💖🌻

      1. Celebrex is a NSAID. I cannot take Gabapentin. My husband has been on it for years and it has been great for his migraines. Perhaps you could ask about alternatives – maybe Celebrex? It’s not suitable for everyone. Wishing you some pain free time. K x 💟

        1. Thanks, Kerry. I have tried other NSAID drugs but they didn’t touch the pain, either. My doctor is phoning me this Tuesday coming. I think there’s only one other painkiller that I could try and that’s called Tramadol. Sometimes doctors prescribe a combination of medication if nothing else is helping. I’ve taking my usual four tablets of my current drug, but this morning, it’s not helping at all and the pain is bad again 😔. It’s also making me dizzy and shaky, which is affecting my memory, typing and writing. I’m so fed up with it all. Thank you for your kind words in wishing me some pain free time. I live in hope. Xx 🥰

            1. Thanks, Kerry. I know someone said that Tramadol makes you feel very sleepy, which I can’t afford to be, as I drive my electric wheelchair. The non-emergency medical service has stated because my wheelchair is powerful and fast, the rules for driving while on these sorts of medications also apply to my wheelchair as well as driving a car. I can’t think of anything else apart from that that might help. I am just desperate to find something to get rid of this unbearable pain. Xx 🥰

  2. Breeze, trees, relief, and a magic reward for loss. This is a job for the Tooth Fairy. She used to give innocent teeth to the Vikings for good luck in war. After ww2 her image was tarnished by commercialism and cartoons. But she might still be around hanging out with the Real Santa Claus who went into hiding after his name was also ruined when an impersonator masqueraded as him for commercial purposes to sell toys. He was so discouraged that he lost his ability to cast spells and do magic. There’s a rumor that he’s staying with the Tooth Fairy. Maybe she could send a Viking ghost enforcer to scare the dentist into confessing. He might do a performance based on Charles Dicken’s 3 ghosts in a Christmas Carol… it convinced Scrooge.

    1. Thank you, Doug, for such an interesting reply. It is much appreciated. I could certainly do with a visit from the tooth fairy. Perhaps, she could take my pain away. I’ve got another doctor’s appointment on Tuesday and I’m seeing the dentist again on Friday. I’m beginning to lose hope as everything I’ve tried isn’t helping the pain. I’ve been told that the numbness could be permanent and the pain could last several months. I’m not a happy bunny 😔. X

  3. Ellie sending big hugs and lots of love xxx
    I am happy to see you writing, but concerned by the fact you are still in so much pain!
    I took part in the clinical trials for Gabapentin, they are heavy duty painkillers.
    Praying you get some relief soon my friend xxx

    1. Thank you so much for the love and the very welcome hugs., Maggie. I am also concerned that I’m in so mcuh pain still.It’s interesting that you took part in the Gabapentin trials. Did they help your pain at the time? I took four, as prescribed, this morning and now I can’t type or text properly as my hands are so shaky. I’m having to type really slowly and keep stopping to correct typing errors. It’s infuriating. It’s also affecting my memory and I really don’t like that. I really don’t know if I continue to take them. They’re awful, as it the pain. Thank you for your prayers for some relief. I’m very grateful. Much love to you 💖. Big hugs 🤗 too. Xxx 💝

      1. Ellie it was a very long time ago (probably about 16).
        I had a hysterectomy at the time.
        Sadly I think any strong painkiller has got side effects🙄 and then your body gets used to them, and they no longer work.
        But in your case they are not working anyway😪.
        Dear friend my heart breaks for you and I can’t do anything.
        There must be a painkiller that is specifically for what has happened.
        Nerve damage?
        No one should be in pain😪
        Lots of love hunni xxx 🥰🥰🥰Xxx

        1. Dear Maggie. Thank you for being so kind and understanding. I’m sorry you had so much pain when you had your hysterectomy. I’ve decided I can only take Gabapentin at night before bed. I had my best friend here today, and she really noticed the difference in me. I can’t walk or stand without feeling dizzy or losing my balance, which is dangerous because of my severe osteoporosis. My hands have been so shaky that I can’t write or type without making numerous mistakes. It’s taking me far longer to type and text than ever.

          It’s frighteningly affected my memory, and also I’m unable to grasp a word or thought, a bit like when I had my mini-stroke. It’s really scary. I know that nerve damage pain is usually severe, and mine is. I haven’t taken my lunchtime dose and still have these side effects. I’m hoping it will wear off soon. So, here I am, three weeks after the extraction, feeling more pain than I’ve ever had before, and they can’t find any painkiller to help with without the side effects you experienced with your hysterectomy. The only drug I can think of that I haven’t tried is Tramadol, but I’ve heard that that can have very similar side effects to the ones I’ve been trying. I am at a loss about where I go from here. I can’t cope with the level of pain that I have. It’s just awful 😭. Thank you for caring and for your understanding and support. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. Lots of love 💞 to you, too, my friend. Big hugs .🤗🤗🤗, too. Xxxx 💖🌹💝

          1. I was going to suggest Tramadol Ellie, but yes I think it might have the same effect.
            I would make a call on Monday hun and tell the dentist and or your doc that this now is affecting you so badly!
            Until then, rest if you can .
            You are in my thoughts xxx

            1. Thank you so much, Maggie. We have a bank holiday this Monday, but I will phone both the doctor and the dentist first thing on Tuesday morning. I think I will ask for a small amount of Tramadol to see how I get on with it. I’ll have to give it a few days to see if it starts to have these undesirable effects on me like the other drugs. Fingers crossed, it might help. On Friday afternoon, I’m seeing the oral surgeon who did the extraction. I have a few questions to ask him. I’m taking a friend with me as a backup. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Maggie. I will try to rest. I will have an early night tonight, too. Xxx 💖🤗💕 .

  4. One thing I learned, before I switched to false teeth, is that there is no pain worse than tooth pain (except possibly childbirth, but I have not had the experience)! Mouth pain cannot be ignored. The mouth is the main area of contact between the body and the world. Breathing, eating, talking, drinking, even kissing and such. When the mouth is in pain, it demands attention.
    You feel bad enough as it is, Ellie, quit fretting the small stuff. Pay attention to the big stuff, the rest will take care of itself

    1. I tend to agree with you, J.. I just can’t ignore it. This morning, I have taken my four tablets, which, yesterday, was partly killing the pain, and I felt like a zombie. Today, they’re not touching the pain, which means the doctor will suggest upping the dose. The problem with that is that it’ll make me even more unsteady, dizzy and shaky and those symptoms are bad enough already. I’m at my wit’s end. As you say, you have to use your mouth for so many things. When I say goodbye to a friend and we have a hug and quick kiss, I have to make sure I use the left sidee of my face, otherwise it’s agony.

      I will try to follow your advice, J. I feel awful enough as it is. I will try and let the small stuff go. It will annoy me no end, but I don’t really know what else to do. Thanks for your wise words and for caring 💙💛💙

  5. Kit and caboodle is in use in the US (at lease north eastern US). The rhythm of this poem is excellent. In fact the whole thing seems quite good to me. I like the wars metaphore. I’m sure that’s what it feels like. Well done. Your drugs must not be zonking you out *that* much.

    1. That’s interesting, Jeff. I thought it was just a British phrase. Thank you for your kind words about my poetry. I’m so glad you liked it. The drugs I’m on really are affecting my thought process, short-term memory and trying to grasp a word. I think the word for that is Dysphasia. It’s what happens to people when they’ve had a stroke. I’m sure it’s just the effect of the medication, as I’m sure I would know if I’d had a mini-stroke. I do have a lot of the symptoms, though, which is worrying. I’m so lucky that it doesn’t seem to affect my ability to write, even if it takes me twice as long to avoid making endless mistakes. When I write, I use Roget’s Thesaurus, which helps a lot with finding alternative words. Hope you and your family are all well. X

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