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I’m Still Afraid of the Dentist

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Last week, I posted about my fear of the dentist and how I had to have a tooth pulled. I hadn’t been to the dentist in a ridiculously long, gross, and unhealthy amount of time. I went back to the dentist today for a deep cleaning and to get my wisdom teeth removed. I was still as afraid as I was last week, but this time they gave me nitrous oxide.

So, I was screaming on the inside but completely fine on the outside. Also fine on the inside. I guess it was less screaming on the inside and more polite “just so you know this doesn’t feel like rainbows and cotton candy” or whatever.

He basically had to numb my whole side of my mouth, top and bottom, (we did the left side today) and do a deep, deep cleaning. I watched a jungle nature show on Animal Planet because they had a TV on the ceiling. I watched it by crossing my eyes (because I have special eyes) so that I could see around his head. I just sort of waited for two hours while he deep-deep cleaned, and then he removed my wisdom teeth and one other tooth that needed to go. Apparently it was the one in the very back.

I go back in February for him to do the right side the same way, plus remove the wisdom teeth. I also think he might pull one more tooth on that side. Then I think he’s going to look into doing a few root canals on some of my other teeth, and possibly I might need an implant if he has to pull one of the others.

He prescribed me some steroids, and some antibiotics, because I’m gross and have lots of infection. When I got home, I watched Cobra Kai and ate some broccoli & cheese soup because it said to take with food. I hope I didn’t mess anything up.

I’m writing this on Wednesday night. Now I’m going to try to go to bed. I requested off work tomorrow for a half day. I’m going to try to go into work tomorrow morning for a little while, but I dunno I guess we’ll see how I feel tomorrow once all of the anesthesia is completely out of my system. I for sure won’t be able to say much, but I can email I guess.

I’m still 1000% percent afraid of the dentist, but the nitrous oxide is really nice. It felt like I had two Against The Grain “Citra Ass Down” beers the whole time. If I’d known that worked that way I’d probably have gone to the dentist already and not let my mouth get this out of shape. I also didn’t say or do anything too weird, or pee all over myself or anything, so I’m putting that in the win column.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright. It’s no In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, or Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino or anything, though. But buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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My Curriculum Vitae

You can view my full CV here, and bits and pieces of it are on my About page. A short summary of my educational and professional accomplishments are below.


Bluegrass Writers Studio Emerging Writer Award Finalist, 2022

Western Governors University Capstone Excellence Award, 2022

University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship Award, 2015


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bluegrass Writers Studio, Eastern Kentucky University, 2024 (anticipated graduation date)

Master of Business Administration, Western Governors University, 2022

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Louisville, 2017


Designated Project Manager (Project Management for the Non-Project Manager) Certificate, University of South Florida, 2023 (anticipated certificate program completion date)

Workplace and Personal Wellness Foundations Certificate, University of South Florida, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida, 2021

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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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