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In the dentist's chair

In the dentist’s chair

I was sitting in my dentist’s chair the other day while she rattled about among my molars. I had mentioned to her as I sat down that I had watched a three-part series on Channel 4 in the summer about the horrible mouths that dentists see from time to time, mainly because said mouths’ owners are terrified […]

Grand old lady of Deeside

Grand old lady of Deeside

Here is one of the saddest sights in North-east Scotland: the old Glen O’Dee Hospital/Sanatorium just outside Banchory, which has been lying empty since 1998 and is now on the Buildings At Risk register. I was visiting a relative at the new Glen O’Dee, which was built 50 yards to the right of this picture […]

Scare yourself into eating less

Scare yourself into eating less

Max and Riley (see above) and I have just completed a total 3,500 miles of daily walking since they arrived here as pups three and a half years ago. We have averaged three miles a day in all weathers, I don’t doubt to the great amusement of passing drivers as the three of us stride forward through horizontal rain […]

Wisdom-teeth removal : Part Two

Wisdom-teeth removal : Part Two

This is Part Two of my step-by-step, minute-by-minute account of what happens when you have wisdom teeth removed in a hospital operation. It’s best if you have read Part One first. You can find Part One if you click the link on the next line. It’s all right; I’ll wait for you. Part One There. […]

Wisdom-teeth removal: Part One

Wisdom-teeth removal: Part One

I have just had two wisdom teeth extracted in hospital. Like many of you, I plumbed the Internet for weeks in advance wondering, as a card-carrying surgery feartie, what lay ahead. I often wished I hadn’t. Search engines directed me to dozens of pages of graphic photographs and woeful personal accounts of the surgery and […]

No pleasure in rash behaviour

No pleasure in rash behaviour

You find me a little bit poorly today. That isn’t me in the picture, but it gives you an idea of what happens when you suddenly become allergic to penicillin, as I appear to have done. I was prescribed penicillin in the form of Amoxicillin tablets to help counteract a bacterial infection in an impacted […]

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