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Jun 20, 2019 22:54:04

The 7-year-old hole in my tooth

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The 7-year-old hole in my tooth was not a secret.

How would it cost me 7 years to fix it? It's a long long story.


Seven years ago, there was a small black point on one of my teeth surface. I told my family at once as if it's an interesting discovery. Having a decaying tooth was regarded as a childish thing for them, "You are such a fan of sweets," they said in a laugh, "brush your teeth carefully. " 

Day after day, year after year, the hole has become larger. After three years, "I could feel it a deeper hole with my tone," I told my sister in a little worry, "but there is no pain." "Maybe you should fix it now, let me tell farther." She replied with a casual air. Undoubtedly, we both forgot it quickly.

Then another three years have gone, eating became kind of annoying because of such a black big hole. At the same time, I got a habit that I can't stop licking that hole whenever I felt nervous. It seemed like a part of my body.


Now it's the seventh year of my hole, I finally made up my mind to fix it this week. Behind the fear, there is nothing but the duty to do the right thing instead of escaping. 

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    @5plus6 - I love how patient you are with these things. I too am curious about such things and don't rush out to 'repair' them.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jul 02, 2019 09:13:50
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      @brianball Thank you for your interesting point. But it's not patience but weakness that makes me not rush to repair them.

      I think myself like a patient who is afraid of seeing the doctors, because it's my fault to 'damage' them. The fear of that exceeds the inconvenience of tolerance.

      But now, I cheered me up to 'repair' the long years of problems. It's never late for a real reparation.

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 03, 2019 20:24:59
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      @brianball -today, your words came into my mind again. Maybe because I'm in trouble with another thing to 'repair'.
      My sister received a diagnosis of depression yesterday.
      When I got the call, I'm not very surprised actually because her illness just likes my tooth hole. She has been sick over the years but behaved normally as well as I've been eating in discomfort for 7 years.

      Now I have to be strong to support my sister in a scientific way though I'm not a mental grownup either.
      "I cheered me up to 'repair' the long years of problems. It's never late for a real reparation."

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Oct 24, 2019 17:56:20
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      @5plus6 - when I read or hear or experience this kind of diagnosis, I take a deep breath. It makes you wonder what life is all about. However, more recently, I've been doing wound care for my nephew who had surgery on a pilonidal cyst on his back side. The problem with is is, he can't reach it. It needs care to help fight the bacteria and somebody has to help. It's going on the fourth month. While we did have a week or maybe it was two when it felt 'repaired' -- it's kind of back to needing 2x daily maintenance. It doesn't take a lot physically. It's the equivalent of washing a dirty dish after a meal as far as work goes, but the important thing is to keep the attitude and mental imagery light, in perspective and in reality. I think the traits you've already described about yourself will be wonderful companions to your sister's situation. You can help her by being prepared and thoughtful and imperfect - as we all are.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Oct 25, 2019 08:51:23
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      @brianball -my family likes a sinking boat, my sister don't know how to swim, and I have a floating board. I'm trying to save her with this small board before falling off. But we are from the same boat and I don't know how to swim either.

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Oct 29, 2019 00:58:27
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      @5plus6 - take turns practicing swimming. While one is resting on the board, the other can take a couple of strokes to gain strength. Since you're not literally in the water - with the threat of drowning, how could you use other people as floating boards? ( to be supportive )

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Oct 28, 2019 10:24:38
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    @5plus6 wooow... it's like a losing a friend now, isn't it :-)))

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jun 20, 2019 19:30:27
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      @lucjah yeah, 7-year is a quite long relationship. It sounds like the end of an era. :-D

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jun 21, 2019 18:59:53
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