The pain as a result of my fall has finally just about disappeared - it took three weeks to fade. Now along comes a new problem. I went to the periodontist on Friday, to have the left side of my gums scraped and cleaned - the right side was done a few months ago.
Having the right side done was surprisingly easy.
The dentist put an anaesthetic gel onto my gums before injecting anaesthetic. It wasn't just one injection but several small ones, with a fine needle. I felt nothing during the treatment and can't remember feeling much discomfort afterwards.
This time, on the left, he seemed to do even more injections, so that the whole side of my face was numb. It took hours for that to wear off (I had the classic dribble) and when it did, I discovered that I had a very sore spot in an upper gum - it hurt a lot whenever I drank something remotely hot. I imagined this was from bruising as a result of the multiple injections.
Five days later, this effect hasn't really diminished. One or two times I've made the mistake of chewing on that side and it also hurts. It's not like your usual sensitive-tooth pain, more like a pain up above the tooth, in the gum.
I guess I should be patient, but if it still hurts by Friday, I'll call the dentist.
Someone I know who is about to turn 49 wrote to me that she didn't expect to feel so young at this age. I feel the same. I'm basically in blooming health. The difference from when I was younger is that I worry more about little ailments - I don't just assume they'll go away. I worry about their possible long term consequences - like losing teeth! At this age, the future seems real - old age is not just a fantasy that happens to other people.And in middle age, you mix a lot with old people - your parents and your friends' parents (and unrelated friends). You see both how well and active they can be and how many little physical issues they have to deal with on most days of the week. I seem to have gone into a pre-emptive mindset in recent years - hoping to nip problems in the bud before they can set in.