Packing up rather hastily I realized my appointment with my dentist was in less than 30 minutes. Walking into the mall that housed my dentist and my eye care physician I was assailed by memories of dental visits in Koramangala to fix my cavities and get root canals done. The horror of those memories have traumatized me and I hate getting any teeth work done ever. The sound of the tooth drill and the smell of burning teeth qualify as my worst nightmares followed closely by the injection into my gums.
Prodded by K and the evidence of slowly building plaque, I hesitantly signed up for the yearly cleaning appointment. Getting lost in the mall I called the dental office and the helpful lady told me how to get there. Signing up, I was soon led into the dark cavernous inner chambers of the innocuous looking office. 20 minutes later, my teeth visibly bright, whistling through the gaps in my lower teeth, I made my way to my next appointment with the eye doctor.
You see, these past three weeks, my eyes have been red and everyone who sees me says “you look tired” or “you need sleep”. I dismissed it as evidence of my hard working nature ;p and refused to consider that something was wrong with my eyes. Till this past week when I could ignore it no longer. Occasional bouts of itchiness and irritability in the eye made me suspect an infection. Given that I was in the mall for my dental appointment, I scheduled a visit to the friendly neighborhood ophthalmologist too. Following the assistant who dutifully blew puffs of air into my eye to get eye pressure readings and made me acutely aware of how short sighted I was I was next seated in a dark room awaiting the arrival of the doctor.
He came, peered into my eyes and made a declaration of inflammation of the episclera. He then proceeded to give me potential causes and prescribed eye drops to be used four times a day for the next few days. Blinking as I walked out of the dim room getting adjusted to the brightness outside I found K waiting and we walked back to the car.
I realized how thrilled I was that for the first time in my life I walked out of my dentist office happy to make the next appointment. You see, the dentist certified me cavity free for the first ever time! The eye doctor actually had a diagnosis for the red patches on the whites of my eye. And here I am smiling and blinking without a care in this world.