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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Elisabeth

Hi Kristin, as far as some "check" is concerned, you can translate it : bilan.
Because a "visite de contrôle" could have been said : "check up visit". No ?
We do say, in french,....check-up, too, as you surely know ! But to speak more french, we often use this word, "bilan", and "bilan de santé" too for a certain amount of analysis made at the Lab or even at the Hospital. But for a check-up at the dentist's, we can only say... "contrôle".

Happy you are back !
I transfered your "hello" to Gwen & Emmanuel, before they left for their 3 weeks overseas (back very soon now).

Elisabeth

Angela

Nice timing on this one Kristin...I'm going for le check-up in 2 hours! Usually not a problem apart from the "spit-sucker tube" which never seems to stay in the best place.

Angela

Fay Plauche' Butler

Caption:
We hear you knocking but you can't come in".

anne wirth

Hi
Your photo was beautiful. At first I thought it was an Impressionist painting (well you did get an impression of Smokey).
Good to have you back. I enjoy your morning email so much.

Peace,
Anne

Lee & Bill Mears

Hi,
I agree with Anne about the Impressionist photo of Smokey. That looks like a lovely place for a walk. In another photo Smokey looks like he's saying to the cats "Come on out and play!"
I don't know why, but we all seem to dislike going to the dentist, even just for a checkup. As I read your post, I was right there with you in that chair gripping the armrests!
Peace, Lee

JULES GREER

HI HONEY,

Love your post today...more inspiration for my paintings. I have almost finished my painting of your last photo with the kitties playing on your desk. You are going to get down on your knee´s and beg me for this one...maybe for your birthday!

I´m off now to paint your first photo - your friends are right your photography has evolved to the level of a impressionistic painting. You are my muse as always, I´m going to put you in the painting with Smokey.

I could of course share some outrageous stories of how I became my own denise when I lived in the jungle of Yelapa 16 years ago, but I´ve put that all behind me now.

I love you Honey...please call me...John is home today and we are enjoying the fresh breeze off the ocean...then off to the art supply store. So call now if you can.

Also, you should submit your story to a dental magazine.

XOXO

MOM

Heather in Arles

Kristin, usually I love the immediacy of your writing, the feeling that I am right there with you. Today? Not so much! ;) I had an evil orthodontist when I was young and since then...so I feel your pain. Glad that all went smoothly.

And I had never read about Smokey, beautiful Smokey, being attacked. Oh my goodness! So horrific. I had noticed his tongue hanging out in other photos but didn't give it much mind. How grateful I am to know that he is just fine now for he brings you all (and your readers too) so much joy.

Looks like the kitties are ruling the roost. I love Fay's caption!
xo
Heather

Heather in Arles

PS. Wow is it beautiful there! I admit that since your move I occasionally look at real estate prices in Bandol. hehehe

Barbara Lynch

Going for a cleaning is torture! I've learned to take an aleve before, which helps. The molding procedure really is the WORST! ! the price to pay for your lovely smile!

Kathleen from Connecticut

Kristin,
I could definitely relate to the tooth mold. I too have to wear a guard at night because I grind my teeth and they are really worn down.
As for the teeth cleaning, I have a wonderful Dental Hygenist who is gentle ( once in a while it hurts) , but she is good and the saline rince is good.
Americans seem to go to the dentist more than most cultures and tend to the cleaning of their teeth.
The kitties look great and Smokey wants them to come out and play because Braise is busy doing something else and really doesn't want to play.

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin...I love the golden light of sunset! Your first photo is beautiful. Looks like the kitties want to be outside with Smokey! I try to go to the dentist twice a year, just habit I guess and to get a good cleaning.

Ophelia

Kristin -- I agree with everyone else that your first photo caught my eye immediately. What a spectacular place for a daily walk. You do live in such a beautiful part of France.

And your description of being in the dentist's chair was PERFECT. I was right there with you -- the noise of the drill, the ice cold water, the seemingly huge plate of gluey, gray stuff, trying not to gag, etc. I force myself to go every six months and dread every one. Agree with Jules about submitting this one to a dental magazine. Love detartrage... what a word.

Bonne journee from cold, gray Nashville.

Marshall Brass

Hi.... I agree with earlier post, in every day French one would be more likely to say "bilan" or "bilan dentaire" than the more formal phrase presented for a check-up In addition, one would probably say
"nettoyage dentaire" for a cleaning, which is different than a scaling. Corrections welcome.

sandy

Hi Kristin,
Loved the photo of Smokey! Sounds like your dentist used a Cavitron ultrasonic scaler to clean your teeth :-)

Sandy

Linda R.

good morning, Kristin. I chuckled through your description of the visit to the dentist, mainly because it wasn't me going through all the motions - it certainly brought back lots of memories of past visits - gagging reflex, tears in the eyes, the noise and smell of that grinding away - argh - everything and everything. Which reminds me ... time to make an appointment.

Beth Fiacco

Hey Kristin,

Your blog today was hilarious! How common are the thoughts of people while sitting in the dentist's chair?

Thanks for making me laugh today :-)

Best,
Beth

valerie

Bonjour! What a laugh I had on that first dental appt. you had in Lille! I can only imagine..i have my own share of memories that I am still not sure they actually happened as they seem so surreal after the years go by! Thank you for reminding us the French our as whacky as any others. I am just reading this horrible book called "La Seduction" by Elaine Sciolino. I feel like I want to strangle the next Parisian I see just because of this book!(should I be admitting this???)

JULES GREER

HI HONEY,

I just noticed that the counter on your sidebar finally got it´s act together, wouldn´t it be wonderful if we could somehow help to move that number up to 46,000 for your 46th Birthday present. O.K. we are at 42,276 - I´m going to post your story on Facebook and ask everyone to please sign up for your blog today, so I can win this contest....oh, what should the prize be???? Does anyone else here want to rise to the challenge? Please figure out how we should do this and I will donate todays painting of the top photo of your post today to whoever wins. By the way todays painting is one of the best I have ever done. It is oil paint on paper and about 14 x 14. John thinks it ´s one of my finest. Just think if all of you French teachers could get your students out talking all of their friends into signing up. I think that would probably win the painting for your class.

XOXO

MOM

John

Kristin- I doubt your dentist was using a drill. It was probably a sonic cleaner that to the uninitiated might look and sound like a drill. It's what our dentist in Paris uses. And unlike the US, there is no such thing as a "dental hygienist" - a dentist must perform the procedure. Also, if you want any sort of anesthetics, you have to go to a hospital for that! Dentists aren't allowed to provide anesthetics - only an anesthesiologist can do that!

Edie Schmidt

Bonjour Kristin:

Loved the story of the dentist in his living room with no pain killer.
I have a lovely lady dentist and previously a lovely Russian dental technician who was very thorough, but I still do not enjoy the whole experience!

Edie from Savannah

Paul Guerin

He's back... the doofus with his tongue hanging out...don't take your eyes off him!

Marika

Hi Kristi,greetings from Colorado!
I used to be a dental assistant when I lived in Boulder, and I remember well the "gluey tooth mold" we had to stick in people's mouth. It was not only gluey, but it had a strong odor also. Now you will have a nice new mouth guard, so it was probably all worth it.
Hugs,
Marika

Bo Brown

I can relate to the anxiety of dentist visits, I have to go every six months for the cleaning or else it's terrible. As is, it's not so bad if I've been keeping up with the flossing. Caption for the photo? How about, "Ah, ma petite Lily, regardez. Le chien. Il est solitaire. Ha hah." LOL.

Barbara Bottini

I can so identify with you and the trough that takes the impression of your teeth. It is huge, and seems to be twice as wide as your mouth. I had to undergo this "torture" as a youth when my parents generously paid for braces. Unfortunately, my teeth gradually regressed during my adult years and I chose to redo the braces. Alas I had to undergo the teeth impressions once again. Luckily, I was also able to avoid gagging, but the urge was quite strong. Kudos to both of us and all others who manage to survive dental services.

Missy

Just reading this made my mouth hurt & eyes water.

Diane Young

I go every 6 months to have the few remaining teeth cleaned and it's still as bad as ever. I think cleaning is worse than filling, etc. At leaat 2/3 of my teeth have been replaced with my upper and lower dental plates, which get cleaned in a plastic holder every night, Chemo over the years (12) in form of 3 tablets daily has decimated my teeth. Quelle domage!
Nobody likes going to the dentist, even though some of us really have nice, personable and up to the minute ones with the latest in equipment, for which I have paid in the thousands over the many years of being a patient.
Can't figure out the cat photo so I name it "Ques-que c'est? Smokey is my favorite.

Natalia

Our dear Kristi,
Another wonderful (and entertaining!!)post that we all can associate with....visiting the dentist!Definitely NOT a fun experience,but alas,a necessary one.
You gave me inspiration for my own appointment on Friday!
For that and the beautiful pictures,THANK YOU!!
Love,
Natalia
xo

Bill Facker

My first dentist cringed at the sight of me, so my Mother has always related the story. Seems I nearly bit the poor man's thumb off during my first ever excursion to the "chair of doom". That dentists can look into the mouths of strangers, deal with nasty infections and halitosis, and suffer the indignation of a scared child chomping down and not letting to ... well, here's to 'em ... better them than me!

Bill Facker

JULES, thank you for pointing out the count of Kristin's current readership ... Wow!

CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT NUMBER, KRISTIN ... Just goes to show, true creativity and sharing from the heart are powerful forces of positivity!

Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us, Kristin ... And JULES, you ARE a gift! Aloha

Nancy, San Antonio, Texas

Hi Kristin - I go to the dentists every six months. Your mouth health effects your whole body. I was brain washed in a good way, early on - two Aunts and 2 Uncles where in the dental profession. I am 66 and my teeth are in great condition. However, your cleaning sounded rough. So sorry. Really missed your posts but happy that you had a break. Hope all works out well for your sister. The kitties are cute - are they in the window seat you had put in? Have a great evening - it is almost over for you. Sorry this is so late.

Joan Linneman

Our family calls the cleaning machine the "zudo ray." Hope you're enjoying the kitties. My son's method of dealing with his cat to keep her from scratching is to squirt her with water when she is scratching furniture, and she stops right away. Joan L.

Julie Schorr

Of all the things I have to do, going to my dental appointment is my least favorite! My dental plan does cover two cleanings per year, so I force myself to go and take advantage of the cleaning. I really dread it though. My teeth feel so sensitive and they always seem to hit the especially sensitive areas. I also have a hard time getting numb when they occasionally have to do a filling.
Your cats are so cute!! I love Pancho and Lily! Hopefully Braise and Smokey are being extra tolerant with them. Great to be reading your posts again!

Celia

Kittens are saying "uh oh, Smokey is stuck on the other side."

Ruth

I, too was struck by the opening photo and thought it was a painting. Exquisite! You captured the dentist office experience to a 'T'. Great to have you back.

Just returned from Paris last night and in withdrawal! Joyeaux Noel!

Francesca

Smoky says "yum!" :-)

His cute tongue :-) brought up "the-predator-in-me" type of thoughts !! :-) sorry, can't help it! :-)

Golgen picture with slanted trees - marvelous!! (Now it's an artist in me speaking!) And Smoky looks like a ball of light in this picture! Wonderful, Kristi! Thank you!

Gail

I have avoided to date the necessity of a night guard, but for me, even X-ray bite wings are a problem for the gag reflex. A trick my dental hygienist now uses is a bit of salt on the back of my tongue--don't know the biochemistry behind it, but it works. May also be part of the source of comfort from your early experience with salt water??

Betty Doolittle Tuininga

Oh Kristin, How I hate those trips to the dentist. While your subject matter was not the most elegant, it WAS well written. Your description, and sense of agony was well portrayed through your inner conversation.

I so felt empathy all through your experience. I unfortunately, being of meager means do not go to the dentist as often as I should. But like you, my gag reflex is very active. I often wonder if it is heighten due to my many years having suffered from an eating disorder.

Maybe it is worth trying the salt trick on the tongue...
bj

Barbara Michels

Caption: "Mommie's little helpers". Perhaps you have a good French translation.

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