I just finished a root canal. Dr. Victor Garcia was the artist that tickled my ivories. I have never had a painless visit to the dentist. I don't respond like a normal person to Novocaine. I have always felt everything when my teeth were drilled. When bits of tooth hit the roof of my mouth, I knew precisely where that piece of tooth came from.
When I was in middle school, I had to have four cavities filled. I told them not to waste their time with the shots because I didn't want my jaw to hurt from the needle. So, they drilled my teeth like they did in the old west. I just thought pain went with those procedures.
Dr. Garcia is a genius. I felt nothing during the procedure. However, I'm at home now with the blinds shut. The nerves in my jaw and head are in an open assault on the rest of my body. A personal poignant lesson that I'm learning right now is that pain follows the event. The most painful events in my life often come long after the bone-headed decision that caused it.
Fortunately, the event was a root canal therapy. Through it I faced my fear and experienced temporary pain for a long term win. For the truly good things in life, you've got to be in it for the pain if your want to make it to the victory.
Now, where's the Tylenol?