Many people equate visiting the doctor or dentist with pain and fear.
My son recently told me about the time he had to have an impacted wisdom tooth removed. In addition to all the normal preliminary stuff he had to go through, they had him sign a waiver saying he wouldn’t sue them if they broke his jaw or cracked his sternum.
The procedure was that the dentist crawled up in the chair, put his knee on Greg’s chest, and used enormous (in Greg’s words) pliers to grasp the tooth, then yanked on it, using his knee for leverage.
He told me that, when it was over, he laughed about having to sign that release because there was no real danger of the dentist cracking his sternum.
This Week’s Challenge:
Using prose or poetry, write something (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) about some time you or your protagonist had a frightening experience with a doctor, dentist, or hospital and then, looking back on it, laughed about it.
You’re a dog and just got hit by a car. Your leg is broken and your owner takes you to the vet. The vet’s office is only open until five and you have to spend the night in another holding hospital where they feed you, give you water, and keep your leg immovable. In the morning, you’re taken back to the vet so he can put a steel plate in your leg.
You’re a hockey player and just had your front teeth broken off by a hockey puck slamming into your mouth. After the game, you go to the dentist and he says...
Watch Out For:
Make sure you have some medical/dental problem involved and end up with some kind of chuckle.
A tad on the light side for submissions this week, but I’ll take what I can get. I’d also appreciate it if you’d check out each of the following and, because Gather doesn’t track views, either recommend or comment on each of them.
SWE- Saturday Writing Essentials Challenge 8/31/2013 Freestyle - "Sail Away" by Heather - child of God, C.
SatWe Challenge / Lack of R./ Daily........... by Sharon P.
Kiss my Rs (Saturday Writing Essential) by Gregory Maxwell
Enjoy - Saturday Writing Essentials - by Elsie Duggan
Submissions to Previous Challenges:
This Weeks Challenge, SATWE Challenge, Gather Writing Essentials by Elsie Duggan
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Challenge: Using prose or poetry, write something (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) about some time you or your protagonist had a frightening experience with a doctor, dentist, or hospital and then, looking back on it, laughed about it.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
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- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.