View Full Version : How The Dizzy Deal With And Survive A Long, Painful Dental Procedure

16-07-09, 05:52 AM
I am taking a brief vacation or holiday, as you guys would say, from writing in the "Dating with the Dizzies" to post on an even more pressing issue for me, how to deal with a long, painful dental procedure. I have to have deep cleaning done. With the dizzies has come a delightful companion called rampant gum disease. Anyway, at the initial consultation today, the periodontist and I already did not get off on the right footing. He began by asking me a strange question: "Do you know why you are here?" I wasn't sure if it was because he had already picked up that I was mentally unstable, not to mention physically unstable. I decided to go back to my childhood in my response and I told him bad genes and my parents didn't take me to the dentist till I was 17, a blank look flickered over the guy's face. Next I told him about my "chair not back too far" fetish due to dizziness, he said he would have to stand to exam me. I guiltily said I was sorry. No response. He also maintained stony silence in the face of all my jokes, even the ones at my own expense. I also kind of tried to talk him out of the antibiotics he wanted me to take before the procedure, I don't even drink coffee, for God's sakes, I am such a purist. He wouldn't budge on that and seemed annoyed at my Berkeley, California hippie ideas about health and antibiotics being evil. At the end, he said with slight irritation that when he does the procedure in two weeks, it will take a lot longer because I can't have the chair back all the way. So I am a little worried how it's going to be between us when we have to spend more than an hour together as he digs and cleans deep under the gumline. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

16-07-09, 09:02 AM
Well i have to say your dentist does not sound one bit nice and on that basis i know exactly what i would be doing http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif The procedure sounds difficult enough without having to deal with personalities. If he is irritated now and he is only planning your procedure I am at a loss!

I don&#39;t mean to sound off but can you go to someone more human, who may make the process easier on you??

Maybe this is just the impatient me coming out http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif but I will no longer let a "professional" do anything to or with me unless I feel totally comfortable with them http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif

If you do need to go to this chap can you wear headphones to take your mind off him?

Miss Dizzy
16-07-09, 10:02 AM
Hi Dizzytink

I agree with ymd... he certainly doesn&#39;t sound the friendliest body. Dentists/orthodontists (as we call them), here in the UK (at least the ones around here) take pride in their customer service and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable.

How can you possibly endure your most delicate inner parts tinkered with by some grump? Feeling comfortable is half of the procedure. Even if you can find someone more patient/vertigo friendly, could they cut the procedure down into smaller sessions? Again, very unPC towards a disability. He should be going out of his way even more to help, along with all your fears. Would it be possible for you to be prescribed a sedative before hand if needed? Though personally I always avoid at all costs as they make me even more dizzy.

If all should fail, maybe you could borrow some Frenzel goggles from your balance centre to avoid looking at him, lol.

16-07-09, 11:59 AM
dizzytink, I agree with the others that he&#39;s the problem and not you. Be assertive and don&#39;t take any c**p from him - after all, you&#39;re paying him!!

maybe you could borrow some Frenzel goggles from your balance centre to avoid looking at him, lol.

Pmsl Miss Dizzy - you do realise that Frenzel goggles magnify the eyes by something like 50?!! Imagine how spooked he&#39;d be to see these huge eyes watching him http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif. I&#39;m laughing out loud here at the thought http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

16-07-09, 09:32 PM
Thank you guys, A sedative, just in case and headphones sound good. Unfortunately, this guy is one of the top people in his field of gum disease, so I am stuck with him. I guess you don&#39;t have periodontists in England. But they specialize in gum issues. But I will take the image of the frenzel goggles to scare the sh*t out of him. I look like one of those giant flies in a horror movie! Miss Dizzy, or anyone else if you have any more of your classic images send them my way please. I need to be armed with all the silliness my heart can hold.

Miss Dizzy
16-07-09, 09:53 PM
Hahahaaaa... we are off again with the sillies and on such a serious subject too. I do apologise if I am at fault. A giant fly from a horror movie http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif First Kate Winslet Dizzytink and now Geena Davis. Instead of Brundle-fly it would be Brundle-tink! Even worse, imagine how large his nostrils would look! As we would say over here, they&#39;d resemble the entrance to the Dartford Tunnel!! And the hairs up them would resemble a nest of giant prehistoric snakes from the Land that Time Forgot movie http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif

And as for a period-ontist, sounds like someone I need to see, lol.

In the meantime Dizzytink I do hope you will have a private giggle to yourself whilst being excavated by Professor Gumboil. We&#39;ll all be thinking of you... and if in doubt, do it as Mr Bean does it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJyp4bAi0I

17-07-09, 04:42 AM
Oh Miss Dizzy, You have outdone yourself this time! You have taken silliness and elevated to new heights of greatness! Professor Gumboil!!!! Period-ontist!!!! Yes, he is like a bad case of what we call PMS (premenstrual syndrome) over here in Yankee territory, you know bloating and the pimples... Thank you, for that totally relevant youtube of Mr. Bean going to the dentist. My favorite part was when the dentist got stabbed with the novocaine shot and falls to the floor. Sweet revenge! I have some great visuals now to think about.

Miss Dizzy
21-07-09, 10:31 PM
Dizzytink, when are you flapping your gums at the Prof? We can all practice a kind of tele-kinetic global hug for you... DIZZY POWER!!

22-07-09, 02:27 AM
Oh Miss Dizzy, bless you for thinking of me in my hour of need. My appointment is on Thursday, July 30. at 3:00. But as usual I am revving up the old anxiety engine way before. When the time comes, the anxiety engine should have enough juice to launch me up through dear Professor Gumboil&#39;s ceiling and out into the atmosphere! (Now that I think about it, maybe the weightlessness in space would actually be more suitable for a dizzy who has challenges with earth&#39;s gravity.) Anyway, I think 3:00 pm here is about 11:00 pm your time which would be terribly late for a dizzy to still be awake, unless someone was undergoing a dicks hall pike, pardon me, I mean a Dix-Hallpike, of course.

Miss Dizzy
22-07-09, 08:25 AM
Oh Dizzytink, you could take part in one of those anti-gravity weightless fights where you could somersault and backflip until to your dizzies&#39; content. Or maybe a few rounds in the centrifuge should do the trick? You could sit there straining in your anti-gravity suit before you take off in a U2 Spy Plane. With Mr Dix-Hallpike in the cock-pit of course! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

22-07-09, 02:32 PM
Oh Miss Dizzy, "Mr. Dix-Hallpike in the cockpit!!!!!!!! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif I have to say, Miss Dizzy, that we are a pair of saucy girls! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif

Before my maiden voyage, well maybe no longer a maiden... I should go through some rigorous training. So I am thinking that as a dizzy astonaunt who wants to be in good shape for the journey, the most suitable training regimen would be the balance tests: The requisite caloric test, the rotary chair, posturography platform, the 360 degree ride in the Epley chair, and finally the most intense part of the training: The Olivia Newton-John manuever in case I run into aliens or stray space vehicles that might try to run me over.

22-07-09, 06:26 PM
Saucy!!!!! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif This thread started off as a dental query and has morphed into something deserving of an over 18 stamp http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

i am bringing a bucket of cold water to this thread for you two the next time i visit http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

22-07-09, 08:01 PM
Sorry, YMD, Now I understand why that practitioner poured cold water into my ear and I thought it was a test for vestibular function.... http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif

I think my Dating with the Dizzies thread, or more properly, my "Lack of" Dating with the Dizzies has spilled over and begun to contaminate some of my other threads here, especially on the very serious topic of a visit to the dentist. http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif Please forgive the impropriety! You might want to avoid any threads started by "Dizzytink" in the future, because one never knows....I can&#39;t speak for Miss Dizzy, but she is highly questionable as well. http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif

22-07-09, 08:17 PM
That is ok dizzytink......I am enjoying your banter and wondering how you will be able to stop thinking of it when faced with you dentist!!!! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif

22-07-09, 10:49 PM
That&#39;s actually the point. I want to have silly thoughts rather than grim ones; it will make eveything a lot more tolerable.

Miss Dizzy
22-07-09, 11:54 PM
Me corrupting this thread? Never!

As you say Dizzytink, its all to do with diverting your thoughts whilst at the mercy of Professor Gumboil. I liked your rigourous training strategy suggestions, before you completely submit. You could also take on your Reagan cameo from The Exorcist maybe http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif , with that 360 degree head turn and projectile vomit... oh no sorry, that&#39;s just another dizzy spell! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif That manoevre is handy for driving... you never miss your blind spots - and can speak to the person with ease in the back seat http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

23-07-09, 08:08 AM
Me corrupting this thread? Never!

As you say Dizzytink, its all to do with diverting your thoughts whilst at the mercy of Professor Gumboil. I liked your rigourous training strategy suggestions, before you completely submit. You could also take on your Reagan cameo from The Exorcist maybe http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif , with that 360 degree head turn and projectile vomit... oh no sorry, that&#39;s just another dizzy spell! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif That manoevre is handy for driving... you never miss your blind spots - and can speak to the person with ease in the back seat http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif this poor chap has no idea of what he&#39;s in for!

24-07-09, 12:26 AM
Yea, I can see the headlines now:

World-Renown Period-ontist Professor Gumboil Collapses Following a Routine Treatment of A Dizzytimes Patient.

30 July 2009. BBC WORLD NEWS. It was to be a routine deep cleaning procedure performed by the eminent Dr. Gumboil. What transpired in the exam room is still under investigation as there were no witnesses. Staff and patients who were in the waiting room recalled hearing a large explosion. When the dental assistant rushed in, the 20-year veteran dentist was found supine on the chair. His head was positioned back off the recliner at an angle, beneath him a pool of vomit. His eyes were darting back and forth in a torsional nystagmus pattern. He was said to be mumbling something about a 360 degree head swivel. Above the chair, on the ceiling was a large gaping hole. The only other evidence was a plain business card embossed with the name: "Dix-Hallpike." It is believed that the Dizzytimes patient is still somewhere out there at large and on the loose.

24-07-09, 08:16 AM
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Miss Dizzy
24-07-09, 09:41 AM
http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif ... it has further been reported that the suspect was discovered at a nearby military base, hiding in a cockpit whilst munching a packet of marshmellows. The woman in question (known to be a member of an organised dizzy cult) was found babbling in an incoherant manner in a deep male voice about the centrifuge being the new rotary chair. She is presently handcuffed in hospital and repeating notions of being sucked up into a vortex by giant nostrils and keeps insisting her name is Geena Davis. The case continues...

24-07-09, 11:09 AM
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24-07-09, 09:51 PM
Miss Dizzy, once again you made me almost have to make an emergency visit to the "loo" due to my uncontrollable laughter So here it goes the further adventures:

BBC World News Greenwich Very Very Mean and Cruel Time

In this late breaking news, it seems that the police have apprehended another suspect believed to be telepathically involved in the near demise of the accomplished Prof. Gumboil. The female suspect, a resident of the U.K. is believed to be one of the notorious and nefarious ring leaders in the dizzy cult. The jogging young woman dressed in spandex and hair band was nearly able to elude police by bobbing back and forth and singing hits from the 80s musical "Grease". Once under custody, the dizzy cult member was brought down to headquarters for questioning. Investigators used water boarding, sleep deprivation and other torture tactics to get her to admit to her role as an accomplice in the gruesome crime. The only interrogation technique that successfully broke the stubborn silence of the Dizzy cult member was blindfolding and forcing her to remain motionless while standing on marshmallows. The FBI, CIA, as well as MI5, MI6, MI7 are still investigating this grisly crime. If anyone has any information leading to the whereabouts of these two ruthless cult members escapees, please contact your local police department.

Miss Dizzy
26-07-09, 08:23 PM
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Miss Dizzy
28-07-09, 08:17 PM
CNN (Chundering-Nystagmus-Nausea) reports coming in... read by Mi Graine...

Police will be staking out the consulting rooms of the victim, Professor Gumboil on and around July 30. British intelligence will also tracking down a well known gym where recent assaults have been taking place. The "spandex suspect" had been witnessed bumping into people and knocking them over. Police believe these are mugging attempts to steal disability aids and MP3s. It is believed her American accomplice has been holding hostages - Mr Period-ontist, Mr Dix Hall-pike and the pilot of a U2 spy plane and forcing them to toast marshmallows whilst bound, gagged and wearing Frenzel goggles.

Police are still trying to extract information from the UK suspect, regarding the dizzy cult. They have had leads to a website where the two suspects regularly discuss movements. The suspect&#39;s British counterpart continues to be held for questioning and remains under interrogation. She is under repetitive caloric testing and is blindfolded with blackout goggles, whilst strapped to a rotary chair. The only confused muttering that was just about audible sounded like "You&#39;re the one that I want, ooh ooh ooh..."

28-07-09, 09:17 PM
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Miss Dizzy
29-07-09, 01:44 PM
Oh Dizzytink I (and I&#39;m sure many of us) will be thinking of you tomorrow (July 30) at 11pm or 3pm your time. I haven&#39;t got a Totem pole or ancient stone in my garden, monolith, or spiritual shrine etc, but I will be jigging and chanting around my rotary washing line for you in my new lycra cycling shorts if that is of any help (lets hope its a full moon). I shall render myself dizzy by girating around the pole as a kind of sacrifice for your procedure. I hope the spirits of the dizzies will keep you safe and strong and that you will pass through the plane of Gumboildom to be reborn again so that you can flap gums once again in comfort http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif

29-07-09, 09:55 PM
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BBC World News. In this hour, we have another late breaking story from the Professor Gumboil files. It seems that it is not just stealing disablility aids or MP3s that are on the minds of these criminals. No, these two have been involved in another heinous act. Within the past hour, there has been a dramatic escape. Eye witnesses saw a woman wearing a new pair of spandex biker shorts carrying a portable sized totem pole, get into a rotary aircraft being piloted by unidentified person wearing large frenzel goggles. As police broke down the door of the interrogation room, where the British suspect had been held, the chief interrogator was found on the floor babbling and singing "Beauty School Dropout" http://www.youtube.c...?v=0TOxhzAm7fY. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TOxhzAm7fY.) While he appeared unhurt, when he tried to stand, he could not. Neurotologists, ENTs, and Neurologists were rushed to the scene. No one could come to a consensus about a diagnosis, some thought migraine, others thought an anxiety disorder, however, all agreed that the veteran police officer&#39;s vestibular system had been stolen. If anyone has any information regarding a missing vestibular system please contact your local balance center, that is if you can find one!

30-07-09, 03:52 PM
Dizzytink, hope it goes as well as it can for you today.

I hope you don&#39;t scare the pants off your dentist http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

Miss Dizzy - i think your lycra clad chanting and assault of your washing line really needs to be depicted by photograph http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif

30-07-09, 04:37 PM
Thanks YMD, I appreciate it!

30-07-09, 04:44 PM
I sent this question to the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) and here&#39;s what they answered me:

The intense lighting and chair reclining used during dental procedures can be very problematic. To help, wear dark sunglasses during the procedure, and also inform the dentist about your situation. Before your visit, consider telling the staff about your disorder so that the dentist has extra time to prepare. Ask if:

1. The chair can be lowered first, and then you lie down on it. During breaks, return to a seated position prior to the chair being slowly raised.

2. The chair&#39;s general setting should only be as low as absolutely required. This setting can be automatic instead of what&#39;s truly essential for the dentist&#39;s comfort. Also, the dentist may be able adjust his or her own chair to a lower height.

3. Any time there is a break in the work, see if they&#39;ll let you sit up—however briefly. This often helps you to maintain orientation. Set up a hand signal to inform the technician if you need a break.

30-07-09, 04:51 PM
Dizzytink, I too will be thinking of you and sending you positive vibes tonight (it&#39;ll be bedtime here), and I&#39;ll be sending a virtual stinky eye to Professor Gumboil http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif

Just don&#39;t get a fit of the giggles thinking about Miss Dizzy&#39;s scenarios or he&#39;ll think you&#39;re a right loony!

Good luck xxx

Edit: I&#39;ve just seen your latest post - do you think the Prof could cope with this list of demands? Might be worth a try, make him work hard for his money http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif

30-07-09, 06:45 PM
Good luck Dizzytink - hope it all goes well.

I was interested to read the reply from VEDA as I&#39;ve problems with the dentist & a very unsympathetic dentist - I really should go back but keep putting it off!

30-07-09, 07:41 PM
Be thinking of you Dizzytink! hope it goes ok for you.

30-07-09, 07:42 PM
Thanks Pamela and Roseyrose for your good wishes. I really appreciate the support! Roseyrose, don&#39;t put off going to the dentist, otherwise you might end up having worse problems. There was a period of time that I didn&#39;t go to the dentist and I am paying for it now, by being at the mercy of Professor Gumboil! Maybe you can find a more sympathetic dentist or else try to bribe your current dentist! (lol)

30-07-09, 07:43 PM
Just missed you post by one minute, dizzysal, Thank you as well!

Miss Dizzy
30-07-09, 07:47 PM
http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif Don&#39;t get too giggly Dizzytink... you will have to face the wrath of Professor Gumboil as it doesn&#39;t sound as if he has much patience... or patients even http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif He really should be showing the same compassion towards all disabilities. Would he still be so grumpy if you were in a wheelchair for example?

And don&#39;t forget when you finally burst out of the surgery and flee home Dizzytink, that you have removed the mouth retainer that prizes it open http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif "Ahh aghh agh agh aghh aghhhhhhhhhhh" http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

And me a looney? The men in white coats gave up with me. They are lucky if they can get me to a basket weaving class these days http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

PS: Missing vestibular system indeed Dizzytink, hahahahahaahaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... maybe its got lost in a labyrinth somewhere (enter David Bowie).

31-07-09, 05:32 PM
Thanks to all of you who sent me good wishes and to the wonderful Miss Dizzy for her outrageously funny visuals! Well, I am post my visit to the cavernous depths of the nostrils of Prof. Gumboil. I am still alive, but a bit shaken by all that transpired. My wonderful daughter came with me to the appointment and supplied me with a Stevie Wonder CD to listen to while going through the excavatory (don&#39;t know if that&#39;s a word, but you get the idea) procedure. While P.G. shot me full of novocaine, when he got to some of my bottom teeth, I could feel his mini shovel like probe unearthing years of fossils, and who knows what other archaeololgical finds under the gumline, perhaps even a missing pair of the first frenzel goggles ever invented! I do wonder who invented the Frenzel Goggles, just looked it up; it was a German physician (later put on trial for Nazi war crimes, just kidding!)

The good part is that it is over, the bad part is that it seems to have screwed with my already somewhat tenuous brain-vestibular connection so that I feel like one of those bobble-head dolls today. It reminds me of how I first felt when I got this 24/7 dizziness seven months ago. I suppose one can kind of think of it as having an extensive Dix-Hallpike test, This "test" was also accompanied by delightful sound effects at the same time. I was lying there, much more "supine" than I normally am, for about an hour and a half with this high speed ultrasonic grinding going straight into my damaged ears. So I am hoping that in a couple of days, my system will return to its more functional dizziness.

What helped me get through the procedure without drugs or a massive breakdown was the support of my dizzy friends, having headphones, Stevie Wonder,


shaded glasses, and, I kid you not, the idea that this man Prof. Gumboil really wanted to help my teeth get better. (so I apologize Prof. G. for all the nasty rumors I spread about you throughout the world.) Love to all my dizzy pals out there wherever you are and my thought for the day is:

Just remember to floss!

Miss Dizzy
31-07-09, 08:10 PM
Oh Dizzytink I&#39;m very proud of you after coping at the wrath of The Boil. I&#39;ve been hoping you are OK and have been checking DT throughout the day at various times to make sure you got through it! So glad your daughter accompanied you and that you had Stevie in your ears... and not a Frenzel goggle in sight!

I can imagine how disorientated you must have felt with all the drilling... I feel dizzy just with the buzzing of my electric toothbrush and also when I had the noise from my MRI I also felt quite woozy for a day or two. You have truly been so brave and so glad that focussing on the outcome got you through. Like you Dizzytink, I always look to one step ahead and say, "in such and such amount of time it will all be over".

We don&#39;t seem to face such scaremongering over here... when we visit the dental surgeon, after our check-up we then see a Hygienist (usually a very pleasant and friendly lady) who does most of the scrubbing and delving there and then!! I even seem to hold a full blown conversation with her throughout the cleaning - I think they are well reheased in "agh agh agh aghhhhh" language and seem to understand every word I say http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif

Well done again Dizzytink. I bet you&#39;re so relieved and hopefully wasn&#39;t as bad as you thought. http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif

31-07-09, 11:50 PM
This wasn&#39;t a routine cleaning, Miss Dizzy, I have had one of those while being dizzy and that was not a problem. No, this was a last ditch effort to save my teeth from departing my mouth forever. He is actually one of the top people in the U.S. using this technique of deep cleaning down to the root using fiber optics. (He doesn&#39;t have time for a dizzy girl&#39;s shenanigans!) This procedure is in lieu of gum surgery where there would be cutting and stitches and a screwed up looking mouth afterwards. I think though it might have loosened some of the crystals because I am very very off today. I am feeling some BPPV symptoms on top of my usual. I might have to go for a Semont or Epley maneuver. It makes sense since he had this high speed thing going for an hour and a half by my ear and my head was way back. He probably loosened the crystals so there was nowhere for them to go, but to collect in one or all of my semicircular canals. Thanks for all your support, Miss Dizzy. I will miss our escapades in Gumboildom, but we will probably find other places to disturb and distract on Dizzytimes.

Miss Dizzy
01-08-09, 09:31 AM
Oooh very painful sounding Dizzytink - doesn&#39;t even sound on the same scale as routine cleaning - and I can&#39;t even stand that! http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif ... the thought of anything fibre optic going into my roots would have probably rendered me unconscious on the waiting room floor...

I do hope you recover very soon Dizzytink, at least so we are up to our escapades again, though I expect the assault on your vestibular system has left you needing some rest and TLC.

Hope you have a restful and peaceful weekend http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif

01-08-09, 11:52 AM
Well done Dizzytink, you are the bravest dizzy I&#39;ve met - not only to survive the ordeal but also to endure the Prof http://www.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

I hope you&#39;re recovered today and are pampering yourself for the weekend.

01-08-09, 03:04 PM
Thanks girls, Pamela and Miss Dizzy. The truth is I am getting tired of pampering myself. I am dying to be active again, running around doing and being there for others. Feeling sad today, because my vision and balance still seem more off. Hoping though it is just a temporary backslide. I think we all deserve medals for putting up with what we put up with on a daily basis. When I become rich and famous, I will donate all my money to buying each and every one of you a brand new vestibular system.

Miss Dizzy
16-10-09, 09:52 PM
Oh how I miss this thread... Dizzytink do you have any follow up appointments with the Prof?

16-10-09, 10:58 PM
Not until next year, however I will get to see his assistant in November, so I can perhaps use her to launch into craziness!

Miss Dizzy
17-10-09, 09:57 AM
Will look forward to the prospective hilarities...

17-10-09, 07:30 PM
for some strange reason i had missed this thread so just read through it all, hilarious lol you lot have a brill sense of humour. next time i go to the dentist i shall post in this thread for encouragement http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif

17-10-09, 10:14 PM
Agnes, if you liked this thread, you might like Dating with the Dizzies as well. We won&#39;t tell your hubby if you take a peek! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif

Miss Dizzy
18-10-09, 10:13 AM
My dear Agnes, how on Earth could you have missed Dizzytink&#39;s famous encounter with Professor Gumboil? http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif ... astronaut training, Frenzel goggles, U2 Spy planes, Jeff Goldblum, Mr Hallpike and his incredible first name, Spandex all-in-ones, along with the new discipline of period-ontistry! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif Where have you been?

18-10-09, 06:58 PM
lol i was hiding under a bushel haha. have looked at the dating with the dizzies too. very funny xxx

Miss Dizzy
11-11-09, 12:27 PM
Oh no Dizzytink, I&#39;ve just seen your status update! What&#39;s the Prof been up to now? Have you once again been at the wrath of the Boil?? I&#39;m at the wrath of the masonry drill and the long foamy pipe http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

11-11-09, 02:51 PM
So the renovations continue? Hopefully you will get some peace soon.

Well, Miss Dizzy since you asked. It was another trip back to Professor Gumboil&#39;s for my three month torture, I mean "cleaning" I was met by a very pretty young woman with a very sweet and innocent face dressed in a lovely frothy pink surgical paper gown. "I&#39;m Lavonne, she smiled, showing her perfect white teeth, your dental hygienist." I was reassured that the professor was gone and I would have this gentle-handed young woman to do the cleaning. I explained to her my "condition" that is the dizzy issue and she said: "No problem." I was reassured by her enthusiastic response. Little did I know what was in store for me. I was not laid back too far, however she instinctively sensed that my right side was the BPPV side, my achilles heel, my kryptonite, as it were. So I was made to lie with my head turned to my right side, right ear down, with my mouth propped open for about an hour while she repeated some archaeological expeditions below my gumline. The grinding of the ultrasound next to my inner ear as well as lying on my right side with my jaw uncomfortably propped open was further proof that Gumboil was a force to be reckoned with, and this sweet young girl looking like a princess from a Disney movie was just as evil and sinister as the professor. I watched while she worked and saw her ability to bend her head sideways for long periods of time and realized that she was slowly draining the battery on my vestibular system. Hers was getting stronger as soon she could quickly flip her head back and forth between me and her notes. The next day I suffered the effects of their evil tampering with my vestibular system: Her drain had caused the return of the characteristic rocking motion, the almost spinning, the mild nausea from the moment I woke up. I would put an emoticon here, but this is serious, folks. Gumboil is on a mission, so watch for signs of vestibular drains in your neighborhoods.

Okay I&#39;ll put one here: http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif

Miss Dizzy
11-11-09, 04:03 PM
Oh Dizzytink, I thought the street lights had been flickering outside my house recently http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

Again another strange but true parallel, trans-global event my friend... while you were having your cavities archaelogically dug out... my cavities were being filled (of the wall kind) http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif That reminds me I must purchase a masonry drill for sheer entertainment value. I hope it wasn&#39;t one of those being drilled into your gums? I hope it wasn&#39;t the "day release" student from construction college? http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

My dear, dear Tink. I&#39;m so sorry that this sweet, gentle young girl turned out to be the devil incarnate - Professor Gumboil&#39;s second in charge. (Are you sure it wasn&#39;t him?) http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

I do hope things ease a little for you really soon Dizzytink. I&#39;m sure you could really have done without that my brave dizzy comrade. I hope period-ontal nirvana finds you soon http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif

11-11-09, 07:49 PM
Thanks Miss D, I am better today. Perhaps it WAS the professor, but with his evil superpowers, the fifty-something-year-old has the ability to transform himself into a sweet, innocent twenty something female. Hadn&#39;t thought of that! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif

12-11-09, 02:12 AM
I have the dreaded dentist on 1st of December. Hate it when the drilling kicks of an episode. I thought I was fine last time decided to quickly visit nip into the local supermarket afterwards. Well someone bumped into me and after clearing a couple of displays hit that marble floor chipping my crown.

I have had some very bad dental experiences like having a tooth extracted were the local anisthetic couldn&#39;t work because there was a big abuse in it. It was were I had my very first experience of balance loss. I have nightmares about it, and now I have to worry about cross dressing dentist LOL thanks Dizzytink http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif

12-11-09, 02:38 AM
Spindizzy, yes nothing worse than a cross-dressing dentist with a weapon in his hand or worse the wrong tooth extracted in his hand! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif Well, if you are concerned about your trip to the dentist, I recommend this youtube video Miss Dizzy found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJyp4bAi0I

Miss Dizzy
12-11-09, 09:59 PM
Oh dear oh dear, Dizzytink... Spindizzy! A cross dressing dentist http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

Maybe it was Professor Gumboil&#39;s alter ego... Madam DK Ginge E. Vitus http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

13-11-09, 12:54 AM
Madam DK Ginge E. Vitus http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif Pye O. Rhea, Dente L. Caries , Rut Canal, some other members of this dastardly criminal ring, http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif

13-11-09, 10:14 AM
http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

You two are hilarious - you definitely have a future in comedy! Maybe you should write a sitcom and make millions http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif

Miss Dizzy
13-11-09, 12:59 PM
Rut Canal http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif I&#39;d rather Rutger Hauer... wouldn&#39;t mind him giving me&#39; gnashers a once over!

... And their secret lovechild... Hal Itosis http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif (Its OK pam I told the other dizzy folks at the VRT class this morning that my diagnoses is "a looney" and I "apparently" need to see a psychiatrist http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif )

13-11-09, 02:55 PM
(Its OK pam I told the other dizzy folks at the VRT class this morning that my diagnoses is "a looney" and I "apparently" need to see a psychiatrist http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif )

I&#39;m sure that didn&#39;t unnerve them at all! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

Mind you, since they too are dizzies they probably understood completely.

13-11-09, 10:37 PM
Pam, that&#39;s a great idea. We could do something like "The Office," only it would be a balance center. We could have Miss Dizzy star with her new love interest, the man in the front row with the hat! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif

14-11-09, 10:25 AM
I don&#39;t mind where you set it so long as there&#39;s a role in there for my George (Clooney) http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif

Ooh he could be the hunky balance specialist who devotes his life to finding a cure for us!!!! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif


14-11-09, 04:38 PM
Maybe I can get him to try out for the role and then bring in an unknown, yet talented actress Pam to be his nurse and love interest! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif

14-11-09, 06:10 PM
http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif *blush

Well if you insist......

16-11-09, 03:33 AM
You are too cute, Pam!http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif

Now that I think about it, maybe you don&#39;t want to be his nurse, it would be better to be his patient. Yea, nothing dreamier than having George lay you across the cold, hard examining table and then perform the Dix Hallpike on you When he looks into your eyes and sees the nystagmus, he becomes instantly mesmerized! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gifNow that I think about it, there&#39;s a whole series of tests we could have him perform on you. Maybe, for example, for the caloric test, we could have him blow in your ear instead of putting in cold water! That should make you good and dizzy! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif

16-11-09, 10:08 AM
Maybe, for example, for the caloric test, we could have him blow in your ear instead of putting in cold water! That should make you good and dizzy! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif

Well it would definitely induce swooning http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif

Miss Dizzy
17-11-09, 10:21 AM
http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

I&#39;ll tell you what girls... there&#39;s nothing ever again going within a 10 mile radius of my ear-hole after that caloric, not even the hot breath of our dear George... The George Looney Test http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

Back to the thread of our choppers, I had to cancel my dental check-up today as after a fever and chills all night and consequently the dizzies at full steam, I just couldn&#39;t have coped sitting in a waiting room and then being tipped right back and not being able to breath through my nose... plus the thought of the British equivilent to Professor Gumboil.

Miss Dizzy
15-12-09, 09:39 PM
OMG... finally got to the dentist and I made an extremely swift exit from dentist&#39;s chair earlier today when he offered to file down a couple of my teeth - because they are giving me gumboils!!! http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

I&#39;d already had the dizzy spell from hell after being tipped right back with the hygeinist with not good positioning of the spotlight above either - beaming down like a UFO waiting to land on an inflated walnut, already emphasising the parts of my face that didn&#39;t fit...

Well after the hygeinist had finished her wicked way (am actually only in there for about 10 mins and am always complimented on my gums)it was straight into the dentist himself who began complimenting me on my perfume and my "youthful appearance" http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif After examining the sore I have on the inside of each cheek from my tooth rubbing it, he offered to file them back.. well I "thanked him" but "no thanked him" and even jumped out of the chair before he even elevated it back up to its full height. I just felt so nauseaus by then especially after two X-rays and gagging on that horrible rubbery thing (and I remember when they were cotton wool - real supergag material back then).

I wondered whether anyone has had a tooth filed down, how long it took and whether the reverberations were bearable??

Or I shall need Professor Gumboil to look at my gumboils http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif

16-12-09, 04:17 AM
Oh the final revenge of the nefarious Professor Gumboil, actual gumboils in poor Miss Dizzy&#39;s mouth. I am glad you made it through your cleaning and were complimented on your gums, perfume, and your youthful appearance. Hopefully that made the discomfort all worthwhile. http://community.dizzytimes.com/public/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif