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The Decision


Mercy Adams had a decision to make, and it wasn't going to be easy.  She had been living with the pain for far too long now, and she knew if she didn't do something about it things were only going to get worse.  Still, she dreaded dealing with the whole situation. Even contemplating the possibility filled her with terror.  How could she subject herself to that,  and where would she go?  Still, she knew that, as an adult, there are times when you have to make hard choices, and ignoring it wasn't going to make this problem go away. 

Finally, Mercy could take the agony no more, and she made a phone call.  She awoke the next morning with a sick feeling in her stomach.  Could she actually go thru with it?  She knew she had to, but oh Lord, how she wished there was another way!  Dressing quickly, she walked out and quickly locked the door behind her so there could be no turning back.

As she drove toward her destination, Mercy stared hard at the road in front of her and tried to avoid thinking about what was to come.  Arriving at the appointed time, she swallowed hard as she walked toward the door.  Her hands shook as she pushed it open.  The moment was at hand.   

The woman in front of her looked up from her desk.  "Good Morning Miss Adams," she said cheerfully, "Are you ready to get started on that root canal?"
 
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18 comments:

  1. Oh, Josie, that was great! Sadly, I can relate (a time or two LOL)

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    1. Glad you liked it Elsie, it was a fun write!

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  2. I feel exactly the same way on two different occasions: the dentist, the ob/gyn. I don't know how two different ends of my body can cause the same fear, but I really don't like having anyone's hands in either place!!!

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    1. ROFL Lotta Joy,I heartily agree with your conclusion!:-)

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  3. Teeth pain is no joke it is crippling fear for sure loved your story and I will work on mine and link up later :))

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    1. Thanks Janice, it is amazing how we can let fear grow to gigantic proportions! Most people live thru dental work, but we sure do dread it! Will be looking forward to your post!

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  4. Personally, I have never had this fear. However, I used to be a Dental Assistant. Enough said. ;-)

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    1. Yikes, one of the "torture team"! ;-) For sure this is a tad exaggerated, but I'm certain you've seen plenty of folks come in white and shaking with fear. Dental work is far from my favorite way to spend a morning or afternoon, way too invasive!

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  5. UGH! what a horrible ordeal I am facing the same procedure and I feel exactly the same way! Great write!

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    1. Thanks Len, I have more work to be done as well, and the cost is every bit as frightening as the procedures themselves!

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  6. I was surprised to my roots by the ending of your story.

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    1. Good Patricia, that's the effect I was hoping for! :-) It's kind of a tongue-in-cheek look at how we over-reaact to fearful situations. One would have expected something much more dire was about to happen to Mercy!

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  7. Love, love, love it~ Really thought she was going somewhere else...

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    1. That was the fun of writing it, Brenda... knowing how the tale was going to end. :-)

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  8. Root canals really aren't that bad now. Could you tell that to Mercy from me? Even my first one wasn't too awfully bad and it was done by an Army dentist. That root canal lasted over 50 years although the peg tooth (crown) kept coming loose until finally science and NASA had developed a better glue.

    I did have on that the drill bit broke off down inside the tooth root. That did not hurt but it was scary. I was afraid they would have to take the root out piece by piece to get the drill bit out.
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    Sorry this is soooo late. I've been going back to see if I had missed writing any comments and sure enough, I had. Sorry again,
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    1. This is true Jim, I've had some that were very minor procedures and a couple that were not so much fun. I love the "knock out" anesthesia where you wake up groggy and don't even remember having it done! :-)

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  9. I would run a mile from that door. YIKES!

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    1. It seems that a visit to the dentist to have a procedure done puts fear into the hearts of many of us Selma, I smiled when I wrote this ending twist, but I still would much prefer never having to darken that doorstep!

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