Dental work, a cold, back pain…and still thankful

A column by Misty Poe, editor of The Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Taking time off is dangerous for me.

For the first time ever since I started with the paper 15 years ago, I decided to take the week of Thanksgiving off. I wanted to spend a little extra time with the kids, and Mike had the week off, too. Plus we were hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our families at our home.

 But late in the week as I was wrapping up things for the week off, I got a call I didn’t want to get. I was on the wait list at the oral surgeon’s office to have a few teeth pulled. My original appointment was for Feb. 1, and even that seemed too soon.

You see, I literally have nightmares about teeth being pulled from my mouth. So when I was told I could be seen on Saturday morning instead of two months from now, I panicked. And I panicked for a few days. And I panicked the whole night before the procedure. And it took every bit of nerve I had left to get in the car with Mike to make the drive to the oral surgeon’s office. And the waiting room was unbearable as I watched the waiting room empty, knowing my turn in the chair was approaching quickly.

I cried. A lot…


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