Where's The Rest Of Me?

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017-10-01 12:00:00 No comments

This is the first time I've had a tooth extracted, and so while I wasn't sure what to expect, I figured it would be an unpleasant experience. In that sense I was absolutely not let down, as even under anesthesia, feeling them tinkering away inside your mouth is creepy and weird. A day later, I'm still sore, although the "nesbit" (the little plastic piece they provided for me to put in place of the missing tooth) is actually more a source of soreness now than the actual extraction site.

What's curious is how I've found a way to cope with all this by way of prior experience. I'm reminded of the childhood experiences of losing my teeth. I don't get this one back, of course (at least, not until I go for an implant), but the feeling of having a gap in my mouth somewhere isn't as alien or jarring as I thought it would be.

It's been established that our anticipations about future events are often out of phase to the experiences of those events. For instance, if I found out I had a potentially lethal disease, I imagine it would be pretty jolting news. But I also have no way of being able to predict the circumstances of it all, or even whether or not by then I would have ways to cope with it or overcome it that I couldn't possibly see in my current condition.

I never like to cough up stuff like this as proof that anything terrible in your future is actually not going to be all that bad. But it's evidence that human resilience is a valuable resource.

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