Of Cartoons, Drills, and Drugs
What do Clifford the Big Red Dog, Tom and Jerry, and drills have in common? They were all part of my root canal this morning.
I initially intended to get the root canal without the television’s assistive distraction. However, about 3/4 through the initial dose of Novocaine, I got a sudden and strong tickle in my throat. I made a commotion to tell the dentist "get the needle out of my mouth!" and when she finally did, I started coughing hard.
By the time I stopped coughing, I was shaking pretty bad. I could barely hold the cup of water still. That’s never happened to me at a dental appointment.
Once I calmed down, the dentist turned on the TV, which was tuned to the Cartoon Netowrk. So, we watched an episode of Clifford, followed by a whole hour of Tom and Jerry. They showed two of my favorites, both involving classical music: "The Cat Above and the Mouse Below," in which Tom sings "Rigoletto"; and "Cat Concerto," in which Tom plays the Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, with "help" from Jerry.
Net result: a root canal, a temporary filling, and a prescription for Vicodin. Could I get busted for PUI?