So much for promises, eh? I have been offline for a couple of days, thanks to a faulty computer which won't connect to cyberspace. Not sure when things will be back to normal.
In the meantime, the Noramly family adventures continue. A diabolical dentist tortured my daughter, more of which in a moment.
As for me, I suffered the ultimate in restaurant poor service last night, and was lucky to emerge unscathed. I kid you not: a waitress pulled the chair away as I went to sit down, with the result that I came an almighty and inelegant cropper spreadeagled under the table. Honestly, service these days...
As I have on separate occasions fractured two vertebrae in very minor incidents, I consider myself lucky that I had no more than a bruise.
Believe me, we didn't tip.
As for my daughter, she went to have the nerve removed from a tooth (in Melbourne) and ended up in a dermatologist's office being treated for a severe burn that removed 2 cm long x half cm wide of skin from her face and is probably going to leave a scar near her mouth. The lip was also affected, but seems to have healed ok. The dentist shrugged it off and said she must have been allergic to something. (Huh? To what? They put things in your mouth that take the skin off your face?) He paid for the dermatologist consultation, so I guess that is some kind of acknowledgement that he was to blame. The dermatologist said, nope, that's a burn. Because of my daughter's skin colour, scarring is usually very noticeable. Moreover, she has flawless skin.
I am in two minds what to advise. I am not one of these people who immediately jump up and down and say, Sue! Sue! when someone makes a mistake. No one is perfect, and we should go through life accepting that sometimes people eff up, just as we do ourselves.
But firstly, it sounds to me as if she was not told the truth about what happened. Her cheek and mouth were numb, so she really didn't know what was going on, but she did feel that something was not right at the time. Secondly, the only thing that I can think of that might conceivably have done this kind of damage is that they used something out of the autoclave that was too hot and when pressed against her skin for a prolonged period, produced a burn mark of those dimensions. Which sounds more like torture than a normal dental procedure.
Is there anyone out there who has any other theories? Anyone heard of anything similar?
In the meantime, I'm looking behind me. People are out to get us....