Firstly: could I just thank very much all the readers who took time to give wisdom re wisdom teeth!
It has reassured me a lot about the whole procedure and what to expect afterwards. Also, some great suggestions like the salt gargling - good old-fashioned common sense stuff. (Remembering my salt baths after having babies ...)
Tomorrow I'm going to make a list ( in consultation with the patient) and shop for whatever soft foods she wants to have; plus things like proper ice packs. Also a list of glossy magazines she doesn't own and so on. Her favourite foods in the world are smoothies, eggs, ice-cream and Greek yoghurt so if she wants to eat any or all they'll be in the house.
I'm not particularly bothered by the hospital side, nor is she, I've had a day procedure and a general anaesthetic so we've talked through that.
She's just received the orientation program (for university) in the mail and it's only 10.30 a.m - 1.00 p.m ( course on a small, specialized campus) so it's not a week of boozing and scavenger hunts and what-have-you.
Secondly, the surgeon looks like actor Bob Balaban, who has been in a heap of television shows and films, but we know him best as playing, on Seinfeld, Russell Dalrymple, the fictional head of NBC who became obsessed with Elaine and then drowned falling out of a Greenpeace boat!
The book I read this week was called A particular eye for villainy by Ann Granger.
This was a pleasant cosy crime novel, i.e. one not very gruesome murder at the very start, lots of interesting characters, a few red herrings, a lot of Victorian period detail, husband and wife sleuths between them solving different puzzles regarding the crime. Many carriage rides, servant girls, descriptions of bonnets and hats. A good light read.
The other book I've been reading is C.J Dennis' A book for kids, his wonderful book of Australian comic poetry, first published in 1921. My grandmother read it to my mother and her siblings; then she read it to me, my siblings and all our cousins; I read it to our kids. Years ago I found the same edition we had as children - dusty yellow cover - published in 1967. I can still hear my grandmother's voice reading it to us when she would look after us from time to time. I remember the way she emphasised certain words and read so excitingly. Dennis drew the illustrations:they are WONDERFUL.