It was a disaster waiting to happen, and when it finally did last week, the price to pay was pretty steep. For starters, Pak Abu is RM2,000 poorer for it (alaahai, kesian), all because of my dental stump (poor me too!).
My dental bridge fixed in 1989*, which was supposed to have lasted longer than it actually did, came loose due to a broken tooth that had left a stump embedded in the upper gum.
(*You know how it was to be a rural schoolkid in the 1960s, when the "gomen" dentist set up shop 3-4 times a year at one's school and pulled out kids' teeth with joyful abandon at the merest hint of a cavity. No filling, no nothing; extraction was the only answer.
This "cabut gigi" spree had resulted in many of us "budak kampung" growing up with yawning chasm in our mouth, that had to be rectified with dentures, bridges, or, if your folks have 'fulush', implants.
Also, in those days braces were unheard of. If your chompers grew willy-nilly like a lopsided picket fence, so be it. You just had to live with them, or wait until you earned your own money to have them straightened).
I thought the stump could wait until after Raya, but the pain was too much to bear. So off I went to a dentist here in TTDI a week ago to have it removed. The extraction left a messy tear that required several stitches.
I went through Raya with barely bearable pain from a swollen gum (the stitches were only removed yesterday); but a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do come Raya (and for this woman, it was cooking nasi minyak and kuzi ayam for days in a row).
Anyway, the swelling has subsided somewhat although the pain is still there. It's so tough coping with dental stress faced with the abundance of lemang, rendang, ketupat and serunding, not to mention 17 types of diabetes-enhancing cookies.
I am staying put (no visiting, no open house and yeth, definitely no meetings with clients, no thir!) until the gum heals completely, at least another week, says the good doc. What a Raya!
On that score, I herewith lisp to you ... "Thelamat Hari Raya Maaf Thahir dan Bathin!