Monday, August 7, 2023

42 is not the answer


I wandered into a private clinic and asked if they could sell me an antibiotic 


‘ yes, but what are managing?’


“ An infection caused by something that got stuck between some teeth.”


‘ but you don’t need an antibiotic for this surely, a mouthwash and anti inflammatory would be better. Stop misusing antibiotics.’


I told him I had a fever and felt horrible.

He asked if he could take a look.

He looked, and said ‘you definitely need an antibiotic, and a visit to a dentist ASAP.’

Not A es pi. But Asap, like it was one word.


‘ you have periodontitis, and if it’s not taken care ASAP it will get worse.’


He started rummaging through the medicine cabinet.


I will give you a Brufen as well.’


“I don’t take brufen.”


‘ you have ulcers?’


“ Not I don’t but it gives me heart burn.’


‘You definitely have ulcers.’


“ are you trying to scare me with all this information?’


‘no, I’m just vulgar in the way I talk. I call a spade a spade.’


“Still, it’s frightening.”


He stops briefly and comes back to look inside my mouth.


‘you’ve had fillings, but you need more, some of your teeth are completely out.’


I don’t tell him that sounds like a death sentence, I come from a family where teeth have been known to take someone out. But I guess it shows in my worried expression.


‘ it’s a very simple procedure. They just need to scoop out the stuff that’s gone and fill it up or do a root canal or extract  them.’


“I will lose my teeth too.” I say.


‘Not necessarily, and you are young enough. How old are you?’


I tell him to take a guess.


I’m expecting him to say, 27,30 or 32. Then I can smile like the duchess of a non- English speaking country and say,


“Ooh, I wish, I’m so much older. I will be 40 soon.”


He says;

‘You must be in the 45-50 age group.’


I almost fall of my chair.


I laugh and he says, ‘you’re younger than that? Much younger?’


I ask him “is it the hat?”


I’ve been wearing this Marvin we people of Limuru wear when it’s this cold.


‘ maybe, because I can’t see half your face. But you must be a sweet sixteen, please tell me your age?’


“45,” I tell him laughing.


He says ‘ oh no I hurt your feelings.’


“ No you didn’t. It’s just I’ve been telling people I’m 40 for the longest time I guess it’s starting to show.”


He writes down the number of a dentist that went to school with him.

Then gives me the antibiotics.


“ These will make me throw up.”


‘Why?’


“Just the color, don’t you have something neutral?”


‘I thought girls like pink? He starts but then unsure of himself says, ‘ well, maybe it depends on what it is.’


“ You didn’t tell me your name?”


‘You didn’t ask.’


He tells me his name and tells me he won’t charge me for consultation.

I tell him I feel better already.


“We are used to being mishandled by doctors but you’ve been very helpful.”


He goes on something about not accepting anything less from a private hospital.

He’s a nice fellow.

24 at most. The new breed that is not scared of anything or anyone.

I think I just found me a personal doctor.


(Though he clearly told me he is not a doctor but a clinical officer😀 which was sweet. It’s like a disclaimer, I can only do so much for you.)

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