I am in the middle of having a root canal done.
For those who may not know, getting a root canal is not a one-and-done procedure.
First, the unhappy patient suspects a problem exists with a tooth.
She then consults her dentist, who examines the suspect tooth, takes x-rays of it, and then delivers the unwelcome news that a problem does exist.
In my case, my dentist referred me to an endodontist.
The endodontist examined the tooth, took x-rays of it, and confirmed I needed a root canal.
It’s tooth #28, the rotten scoundrel!
Well, not rotten. This tooth has never shown signs of decay.
Apparently, an insidious, destructive process within the tooth’s root has been ongoing.
“It happens,” the experts say.
Unhappily, my tooth requires more than a run-of-the-mill root canal. It needs an apicoectomy, which requires two incisions, followed by sutures, in the gums.
You can watch a YouTube video of the procedure, but why in the world would you?
I have endured the first part of the procedure and will see the endodontist a second time in late June. After that, I will return to my regular dentist, who will place a crown on the tooth.
That is, I will have a crown placed if all goes well.
If things go awry, the tooth will need to be removed.
I am more than angry at tooth #28.
For most of the tooth’s existence, I have faithfully brushed it and flossed around it twice a day. I rinsed it with antiseptic mouthwash. Twice every year I took it to the dentist for routine cleaning and an exam.
Despite my faithful nurturing, it has turned on me.
I deserve better treatment from this tooth.
Ingratitude is an ugly business.
Maybe you have felt the sting of it when you performed a kindness and went un-thanked or were even rebuffed for your efforts.
Good parents experience the full force of ingratitude when a child, whom they have loved and tended for years, rejects and discards them. Think of the father of the Prodigal Son at the beginning of the story recorded in Luke 15:11-32.
Is there someone (Someone) who has treated you with kindness and grace to whom you are showing ingratitude?
I hope not.