So back to Loch of Voe with the scull boat and straight into the swing of things with full strokes interspersed with more than the odd fouled stroke as I circumnavigated the loch. Not as impressive as circumnavigating the globe but it made me smile.
The far side in sight
A feathered oar
Look over there
I reckoned I had time left for an experiment before the dentist, so I removed the oars, rig and seat, faced the other way, added a kayak paddle and hey presto... a sit on top kayak!
It was very twitchy, but not unmanagable and I didn't fall in. Unfortunately sitting in a normal kayak position put my weight too far back and lowered the stern too much, but it still paddled well and fast, just a lot of audible and visible drag. I could add ballast to the bow to trim it but that seems a bit daft. If I scrunched my legs up forwards I could trim the boat much better, but the position is not really practical even if I fashioned a back support. So a scull she is, not a kayak.
The water seems to be having an odd effect on my feet!
So that was the fun part of the day...
Next the dentist. Now I have to admit I am scared to death of the dentists, any dentist, it is the only real 'phobia' I have. I feel anxious before and feel close to tears afterwards.
Having said that Mr Ahmad Al Saidi at the Brae Surgery has to be the most considerate dentist I've ever had. I highly recommend him. I went in expecting and actually asking for him just to remove the tooth as it's been an ongoing problem for years. An x-ray later he persuaded me that he could save it with a root canal. Something that strikes fear into me even more than an extraction. The procedure has a reputation that left me shaking before he even began.
He said I had an acute infection and would do the root canal, but it may take a few visits before he was done, joy. He was very gentle, adding more anesthetic every time it got the least bit painful and very re-assuring. He could obviously see I was scared witless, to be honest on the edge of tears.
So now another first, I've had a root canal. I've got anti-biotics, painkillers and an appointment for a fortnights time, the day before my 40th birthday! I sat in the car shaking and cried, the distress, despite his very kind manner was just too much for me. As I type this my tongue feel the size of an ox tongue and the pain is starting to return. Atleast when I go back the worst is done and the infection will have gone. I hope...