Further Pharmaceutical Fun

Last week I visited the dentist.  Again.  I not-so-cleverly managed to break a tooth, and repairing it has been a constant and ongoing dental adventure.  But that is another story for another time.  Perhaps once the shock of paying the bill has faded…

I don’t know if Korean dentists are stingy with their anesthetic or I am larger than their average patient but for whatever reason, I didn’t stay frozen nearly long enough.  My guess is that it’s the latter; I extended off both ends of the dentist’s chair and had to crouch to use the X-ray machine.

In considerable pain, I left the dentist and headed for the nearest pharmacist.

“Dentist.  Pain.  Drugs please,” I said, pointing at my swollen face and wishing I had paid more attention when we had covered medical words in Korean class.

The pharmacist nodded sympathetically and handed me this:

“Pain, no,” he said, smiling at me kindly.

Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t take pretty yellow pills from a stranger.  My Mom taught me well.  But my head felt like it was about to implode.  I paid, thanked him, and headed home.

But once I got home, I found I just couldn’t take it.  Perhaps I’ve watched too many cop shows but there was just something sketchy about a single, unmarked pill in a tiny, unlabeled Ziploc bag.

I decided to take some Advil and go to bed instead.


About Carrie K

Teacher, writer, traveller. Slightly neurotic. Overly talkative. Loving life. You can also follow me on Twitter: kimchigirl72
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2 Responses to Further Pharmaceutical Fun

  1. The Waiting says:

    When I only got my teeth cleaned in the ROK, it was one of the most painful ordeals I have ever been through (and I have a decent pain threshold.) I can’t imagine how horrible it would be to have real work done! Bless your heart!

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