I had to have some dental work done yesterday, two gum grafts.
I was pretty freaked out when I heard what was going to be done (and especially because it would be done under a local, so I was going to be awake the whole time). I brought my iPod and listened to Rod Miller's Ragtime CD with my eyes closed. The sun from the window was on my face and, in my mind, I was sitting at Coke Corner, sipping a lovely beverage and listening to Rod play. It truly took me away and I didn't think about the dental ickiness that was happening.
The periodontist cut two pieces of tissue from the roof of my mouth and sewed the tissue onto two places inside my mouth near my lower jaw to shore up some thin spots in my gums. I'm sore today, but doing fine.
Thank you, Rod Miller. Your music lives on and takes me to a very happy place. I know there's someone here on the board who has contact with Rod. I would truly appreciate it if you could pass this along to him and thank him on my behalf.