I have to go to the dentist today. I know it’s only a cleaning but I hate going to the dentist. The chair is slippery. It tips me so far back I feel like I’m about to shoot out of it head first onto the floor. The hygienist wears latex gloves that smell and make me gag and she peers at me over the edge of her surgical mask. She looks scary, okay? She pokes and jabs and generally causes more discomfort (I believe) than is absolutely necessary. The worst part is when she calls the dentist in to ‘take a look’. There is always something he is ‘keeping an eye on’. I’m in a sweaty dither until he gives me a passing grade. He’s really a very nice man and I kind of feel sorry for him. Really, it must be awful to be the ‘man no one wants to see’.