Monday, November 11, 2013

Might want to skip this one, John.

My adventures in dentistry continue. Today was root canal day! It took six shots to fully numb my mouth—at least I think it was six—lost count. Blah, blah, blah, yucky noises, blah, blah, suction, blah, blah, pain, blah, blah, blah.

The whole experience reminded me of my mom. I remembered how she was always pleasant to her health care providers, even when she was uncomfortable. I recalled that sweet spirit of hers that she could never hide, even when in miserable pain.

And then I remembered the song—her song, the one we sang at her funeral: "There's within my heart a melody..."

From that point on, I tried to keep a song in my head and in my heart. I ran through all my go-to songs, including multiple renditions of my latest fave, "God of Angel Armies." Oh, there was still pain and that other blah-blah, but the music really helped, and the meaning behind those words gave me comfort, too.

Thanks, Mom.

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