I recently went to the dentist. Not particularly good news, as I had two cavities filled that same visit, but then again, the dentist thought one would be a root canal. So I was rather relieved.
I had another reason to be relieved as well. Before that visit, it had been awhile since I had been to the dentist…years, minimum. I mean I brush my teeth the requisite two minutes plus every day twice a day (I haven’t quite made it the the new requisite of three or four quite yet) and I even usually floss. Hey, even the dentist and the ? man (don’t know the title) who did the x-rays said I had a really small mouth, it’s really hard to reach! So I just avoided it until it felt like I had broken a tooth, and couldn’t chew anything on that side of the mouth. But now that I have been, and have discovered that I will have to revisit before to long to get braces and lose wisdom teeth. Fun yes?
Yes. Well not fun so much as not scary.
It turns out I’m not afraid of the dentist. Lucky, lucky me. Bad enough that I have all four wisdom teeth that need to be removed, but at least I’m not going to get a panic attack on the way to the appointment. And I’m not making light of those who do either. I’ve had panic attacks, and they aren’t any fun at all. But when I was getting my cavities filled, I was watching the dentist. I could feel him scraping and drilling, and I was fascinated. Weird? Very. Don’t worry, I do know that.
Especially since, and this is where the title comes in, I don’t like getting my hair cut because when my hair is getting shampooed it freaks me out.
You read that right. I’m fine with some strange man with scrubs and latex glove sticking his fingers in my (numbed) mouth with power tools, but some lady sudsing my hair is the situation that really bothers me. I am a very odd person in my head. And with my head. Large personal bubble, usually. Then again, first situation, drugs and “shiny-new-type-situation” is involved, and the other a significant likelihood of actually having to listen to the hairstylist talking at me. Not that I dislike hairstylists, specifically, but I don’t like being a captive audience, as much as I like having one.
In (one of) my editing class(es) we had to read a story about a women who worked at a one-hour-photo place and who happened to be crazy. It’s called “Picture Perfect” I think, and the story was connected to an essay by the editor who published it. Apparently, the author herself didn’t actually feel it was worth publishing because she didn’t think it was good enough. (It was.) But everyone else focused on how crazy the Laurie character was, and yet, I could only think, well, yes, she’s crazy: but I was already sympathetic with the author, and you know, should I ever go crazy, I probably would be something like Laurie. Never answer my phone–not so much obsessing over the neighbor’s answering machine though. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t take it that personally, because, frankly, I can empathize way too easily. I don’t necessarily think it’s a flaw; but when I start realizing that I can understand what reasons people give for reasons such murder and other crimes against societies “mores” (dangit, that sociology class is going to be of use somewhere!) then I know I’m going a bit far in my identification with their character.
You know, I probably just read way too much as a kid.
(Randomness is my forte. I could go back to wrap this up so it makes sense with the beginning of the post, but I’m too lazy to go back and read it. So there.)