Well it’s Euro final day and I’m really looking forward to the game later. I must admit I really like this English team and their manager, but I just can’t quite bring myself to support them tonight. I’m sorry to my English friends, patients (and wife!) but Forza Italia all the way!!!
I’m not an ‘anybody but England’ supporter at all…..I studied Italian up to A level at school in Belfast and while I was at Uni I spent one of my summers working in Rome for a couple of months, mainly trying to keep up the language skills. The apartment I stayed in at the time was on the street directly outside St Peters/The Vatican, right above a bakery where we’d get fresh Italian bread every morning. Incidentally the job I landed was on a bar crawl where I was paid to drink. As an Irish man it doesn’t get much better than that so I did have second thoughts about actually returning to finish my degree! I’m sure you can imagine coming home after a ‘tough nights work’ the smell of the bread being made was to die for 🤤
I reluctantly came home in the end and I now keep up my Italian with lessons online every week so it’s safe to say I’ve got a bit of an affection towards Italy!
It’s been a bit strange seeing the crowds for the football then still having restrictions on wedding numbers etc so it’s good to see some of those restrictions being lifted now that more of us are vaccinated. At work we’re still limited in terms of the numbers of patients we are able to see at the moment, which is why our appointments are booked so far in advance. Thankfully we have a new dentist starting in the next couple of months to help us out on that front though. She’s lovely so I’m looking forward to introducing her to our staff and patients. Watch this space!
In the mean time take care all and enjoy the game tonight if you’re watching it..
I had a great time at the Scotland game during the week with one of our dentists Kamal and his twin brother Kishan. It was such a good atmosphere for just 12k lucky supporters. Shame about the result but Croatia had an absolutely world class player in Luka Modric, who stole the show. The guy sitting next to us had his own thoughts on Modric though and kept shouting about him the whole game. “HE’S NOT THAT GOOD!…. JUST STOP MODRIC….I’D PUT HIM IN THE STANDS – IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT”.
I did admire his self confidence and passion but the Scottish players on the pitch were half his age and weight and couldn’t get anywhere near the former winner of ‘Worlds Best Footballer,’ so I’m not so sure it would have been ‘as simple as that.’ 😆 . To be fair to the guy at least he didn’t have ‘COVID , 19’ on the back of his Scotland top which I did see at one of the games. Just no. 🤦🏻♂️
It was a shame to see Wales go out yesterday too, only England left now from the home nations but I think the Italians, French and Belgians will have something to say about ‘football coming home’.
Looking forward to next week for the Costa del Glasgow weather we’re expecting. No need for a flight, two PCR tests and two weeks of quarantining to get some sun 😎. Would be nice to have a bbq but finding gas is near impossible at the minute so it’ll have to be a cook inside eat outside job. I’ll actually have to source a wee table and chairs for the staff at work too so we can have lunch outside when it’s nice. Although with the waiting times to order that type stuff we may as well plan for eating outside in Summer 2022.
By that time hopefully ‘Covid-19’ is gone from all football tops and gone in general too 🤞🏼
Busy week at work next week but please call us if you need an appointment – it’s as simple as that.
Enjoying some “R&R” up at Crieff Hydro this weekend with the family. It’s been good fun so far and the kids are loving it, making the most of the swimming pool, play park and pony rides. With us all staying in the same room though I think Raashi and I will need some proper R&R once we get back to Glasgow! We used to be sun lounging all day kind of people on holiday. Sadly those days are gone now. An ideal 5* holiday destination for me would now be a week in bed to be honest. No flights, luggage, queuing or quarantining required – bliss.
I’m excited for Scotland’s first game at the Euro’s on Monday, it’s a shame that neither of the Ireland’s made it but having lived in Glasgow for 15 years now I like to consider myself part Scottish anyway. Especially as my Irish accent is nearly fully gone and I’m now left only with the Graeme McDowell version. (For those who don’t know Graeme – he’s an Irish golfer but his accent is now more American/Irish/Dutch/I don’t know what). It’s bad form of him to pass me his accent and not even an ounce of his golfing ability too. 🙄
It was very difficult/distressing to watch the scenes at the Euro’s yesterday with Christian Ericksen, the Danish player who collapsed and needed CPR on the pitch. I was so delighted to see he has stabilised now in hospital, hoping he goes on to make a full recovery and enjoys his Extra Time brought about by the amazing medical staff at the stadium 👏🏼❤️. We have one of the defibillator machines in our practice too, fingers crossed we never have to use it, but it’s good to know these are now cropping up in more and more places like shopping centres etc just incase they are ever needed. Incidentally they were invented by a Professor from N.Ireland, Frank Pantridge. Well done, Prof! 🙌🏼 What we lack in football we make up for in medical inventions, golf and dodgy accents.
I’m excited to get back to work next week after being off on Medical leave after a recent op. All went well and I’m ready to get back to it. We’re also doing our best to get a lot of our regular check up reminders sent back out at the moment however please call us if you haven’t heard and would like to book in as we can actually do them again now. Looking forward to seeing my patients again and catching up with you all.
I’ve enjoyed a week of being pampered at home as I begin my recovery from a recent operation. Unfortunately our patients will know I’ll be off work on medical leave for another few weeks, but I’m feeling good and I’m in great hands at home. Raashi isn’t letting me do much at all, including putting on my own socks sometimes – which is absolutely great ☺️. I can get them on myself no bother but I might milk that one for another wee while (now that I’ve written this though it might be game over on that front!) She’s obviously got her hands full so it’s been so helpful having my own mum and Raashi’s mum around to help out with the kids too.
I’m also hoping to get back to Belfast in the next couple of weeks to take the sofa dwelling sessions international. Haven’t been back in a long time because of the pandemic so I’m really looking forward to having my favourite Belfast Delicacy – a Tayto cheese & onion crisp sandwich. 😋 A slice of ham can be added to that if you’re wanting to go for the Michelin star.
I’ve completed Netflix and Amazon prime video over the past couple of weeks so if anyone has any viewing suggestions out-with those I’m all ears. It’s a shame ‘Line of Duty’ is over. I was disappointed with the ending along with everyone else it seems. I’m probably more disappointed that it’s over though, hopefully big Ted doesn’t actually retire and run’s for PM next, I think he’d have a great chance of being gaffer of the UK. I can just imagine him listening to other politicians then shaking his head in disappointment and saying ‘mother of god.’
Work’s been really busy in my absence and our other dentists Laura, Kamal Mr Chan & Raashi along with all the team are working flat out at the moment. I’m looking forward to getting back to it in a few weeks to help them out and see my patients again.
In the mean time take care all and have a good week,
Really enjoyed the sunshine yesterday afternoon, even if it wasn’t quite warm enough for ‘taps aff’ yet. In fact I actually spent a lot of time putting an extra tap back on when the sun went behind the clouds. Still nice though, especially now that we’re allowed other people in the back garden again too.
We had a wee play date for the kids but unfortunately our daughter Sienna (2) chipped her front tooth on her toy garden table after Raashi and I spent Friday afternoon fixing it as well:
I actually had my own teeth fixed this week too, by our dentist Laura. My lowers were really crowded and overlapping so it was great to get my Invisalign treatment finished off on Thursday:
I’m all top teeth and gum when I smile but those lowers still always bothered me. She’s actually put some composite bonding on one of them too just to make them the same height, I’m not even sure which one it is to be honest and it’s my mouth and I’m a dentist! 🤷🏻♂️. Top class work Laura thank you!👌🏼
We’re also looking for another dentist at the moment as our waiting list is now at 6 months for new NHS patients so any dentists reading this and interested please give us a shout asap! firstname.lastname@example.org (practice manager)
Really looking forward to bent coppers tonight at 9pm on BBC1. I’ve got a horrible feeling one of the main characters is going to die or be ‘H’. (carefully worded so as not to spoil anything there incase there’s somehow anyone left on the planet who hasn’t seen ‘Line of Duty’.)
I absolutely love it – Mother of God, great show.
Take care all and have a good week, not long now until the pubs and restaurants open 🍻
Yesterday morning before starting work I was watching my younger brother Nathan continue his winning streak in his professional boxing career out of Brisbane, Australia:
I get really nervous watching his fights and have no idea how he actually does it. The training he puts in is ridiculous. I remember going to a boxercise class a few years ago and just trying to properly hit the punchbag during one of the 60 second stations was unbelievably tough. I could barely move the thing with how feeble my punches were, as I was so out of breath. Any momentum in the bag itself would have been enough to knock me out – thankfully my punches didn’t actually generate any! Compare that 60 seconds to 3 minute rounds of real boxing with someone who can actually hit you back hard….. Fair play Nathan and congratulations on the win – I’m a very proud “big” brother!
In complete contrast to that training and dedication I spent a large proportion of my week eating family bags of the new Walkers Max double crunch KFC zinger flavour crisps. If you’ve not had them yet then my God you must go out and get some. I did manage at least some exercise to justify stuffing my face with crisps, Raashi and I walked up conic hill on Monday (smashing a bag at the top of-course) and it was great to get back to non contact 5-a-side football on Thursday night.
Now that we’re able to do more treatments at work it’s been great to finish off treatment plans from pre covid that were delayed. One such job was with our patient Hannah who had Invisalign braces carried out. It was such a nice result, one that she was really happy with and all of our staff were delighted for her too. It’s such a good feeling when we know our patients are delighted at the end of a treatment plan, particularly when the treatment takes a few months and we get to know them so well. I’ll miss the banter with Hannah for now but look forward to seeing her again for check ups in the future (or maybe on our Christmas night out that she’s asked to come on 😆)
Speaking of Christmas nights out I’m excited that they will surely be allowed by then, although I’m not sure Shanghai Shuffle’s Karaoke night will be ready for my tone deaf vocals.
There’s only one thing I’m interested in tonight though, and thats catching bent coppers. For those of you that don’t know that’s ‘Line of Duty’ at 9pm on BBC1. If you truly want to be ‘suckin diesel’ you’ll need a bag of KFC zinger crisps to go with it.
Happy Mother’s day to all the mum’s out there! Hopefully not too long now before we can all actually get to see our mums a bit more often again. I know I’m desperate to get back to Belfast when it’s allowed and briefly say hi to my mum, give her a hug, then immediately hand the grandkids over and proceed to lie on the sofa for 2 days straight.
Raashi will have the sofa pass today although we’ll probably do the standard lockdown activity of going for a walk soon. The other activity of watching tv shows and films has been well and truly rinsed already. Last night we watched a true story film on Amazon Prime about a man (Daniel Radcliffe) who escapes from a South African prison. It was actually pretty good although surprisingly he didn’t just use his magic to get out – would have saved himself so much time. It might not have been as good a film right enough…….man gets arrested, goes to jail, abracadabra he’s out, …..the end.
Talking of saving time though, if you’re reading this then do yourself a favour and don’t watch ‘Behind her eyes’ on Netflix. It takes 4 episodes to realise that it’s not in fact a ‘who done it’ thriller but instead a show in which the lead actress can transport her soul to other places and even into other people. Total waste of time, 4 hours that would be much better spent going for a walk.
Raashi is actually back to work now too so we’ve been able to start taking on new patients again, although there is a bit of a waiting list. For our current patients we’re also trying to get back to routine check ups again so if you’ve not heard from us in a while rest assured we’ve not forgotten about you and will be in touch soon. Please also feel free to call us first if you’ve got something that needs urgent attention as we are able to do all treatments again too.
Enjoy the rest of your day to all the mum’s and don’t worry Dad’s our time will come (maybe even when the pubs are open 😜)
This week I realised just how old I’m getting when a patient asked to see “Joe’s daughter”, meaning one of our dentists – Laura. I know I’ve had a few kids in recent succession but it was a big surprise to think I may have had another one when I was 6! I thought it went without saying but I’d like to take this opportunity to confirm that I am not Laura’s dad. 😆
The signs of ageing were confirmed on Thursday though when my favourite football team fielded a player at 17 who I genuinely could be old enough to father. That was the final nail in the coffin for my harboured dreams of making it as a professional footballer! My friends will of course say that my lack of talent in that department was the larger nail in the coffin long before this, but I always held on to a glimmer of hope. ☺️
At work this week I accidentally shook hands with a new patient at the end of our appointment and we both had a giggle as we then sanitised. It was such a strange feeling as it’s the first time I’ve shaken another persons hand in almost a year. It’s crazy to think that would be the case this time last year, something so innocent that we’re used to doing multiple times per day and now it feels so unfamiliar. Hopefully it’s not too long now until the elbow bumps are gone, and we can bring back the good old fashioned handshake, high 5 and hugs. It might also feel a bit strange at the end of new patient:dentist appointments to start hugging all the time but hey you never know!
I mentioned last time that our practice is in a covid testing trial at the moment, for all asymptomatic staff and some patients on a weekly basis.
It’s been great to have the reassurance of weekly negative results so we know our workplace is as safe as possible at the moment. As part of the trial each week a league table of participating dental practices gets sent to us with how many tests were carried out. With only a few weeks left to go in the title race we’re currently in second, chasing the dental hospital for the top spot. They’re on good form at the moment but as we started later we’ve got a couple of games in hand. It could even come down to goal difference.
Come to think of it it’s possible that I’m still compensating in some way for missing out on that football career… 🤔🤷🏻♂️
Not quite the beast from the East but this weeks snow was still disruptive enough. Looks like it’s on it’s last legs just now though. We tried to make the most of it while it lasts and took the kids sledging yesterday after work:
Great fun on the way down the hill, not so great when Daddy had to pull the sledge back up, kids in tow. ‘Go faster Daddy’ – sorry but after nearly a years worth of doing nothing except watching Netflix there was ‘snow’ chance of that! Looking forward to the gym’s re-opening so that I can at least say I’ll go to one.
I was chatting to a patient this week who works in the hospitality sector and he was saying that pubs may be open in April but without being able to sell alcohol. It’s a good sign that we’re starting to at least talk about businesses opening up again but I thought that would be a shame for the pubs to be honest, especially for the ones that don’t serve food. I do understand the rationale behind limiting alcohol sales though as you can just imagine the whole 2m distancing thing going out the window when the ‘I love you’s’ come out for friends we’ve not seen in so long. Such a tough one for the government and of-course the people that run pubs. I’m glad I don’t have to make the rules up. There are unfortunately no easy choices or options that suit everyone with this god awful virus.
I’m also glad that the vaccine roll out has really picked up pace now though and it’s great to see so many of our older and more vulnerable patients getting it. I’ve actually signed up to be a vaccinator, along with most of our staff, so I’m looking forward to getting started with that soon. We’ve been doing covid tests at work now too for asymptomatic patients and staff on a weekly basis. Results are coming back really fast so it’s been reassuring for us to know that we’re not asymptomatically carrying. When your in for appointments we might ask if you’d like to participate, completely voluntary of-course. I know someone who was taking a test in his car at a testing centre and accidentally spewed all over himself – our only request is please don’t do that! 😂
For the remainder of valentines day I’ll be living up to my ‘Ultimate Casanova’ title that Raashi sarcastically bestowed upon me after receiving her panic bought reduced Asda Roses and no card 🤦🏻♂️
In the spirit of Casanova…..
Roses are red, violets are blue, *go away* Covid, we’re done with you!
(*other perhaps more suitable terms are available to use here*)
Groundhog day today with lounging about the house then going out for a walk. I didn’t think walking would be that much exercise to be honest but our girls like to take turns at sitting back with their feet up while daddy pushes them on their bikes. Last week I actually took the 3 kids out by myself for a walk and was pushing the pram with one hand, dog lead attached (& dog obviously), while also pushing Sienna on her scooter with the other hand and navigating Mila who was holding on to the back of the pram to pull herself along in her balance bike. Who said men couldn’t multi-task?
To be fair I can’t seem to master the art of multi-tasking just as well when I’m on my phone. If Raashi asks me a question while I’m texting someone I look up in total bemusement not really knowing what day it is, much to her discontent as you can imagine! ☺️
I think I spend more time texting friends now though as we see each other so less often. I came across this photo today from almost exactly 1 year ago:
Look at us all just sitting there, less than 2 metres apart, with no masks on, in a pub! Little did we know then how much we would appreciate the luxury of that! Someone sent me a whatsapp recently asking “if at the end of this lockdown you could chose between a foreign holiday with your wife or pints and steaks with the lads, what would be your choice:
A. Well done B. Medium C. Medium Rare D. Rare
Raashi reads this blog so let’s just say I never replied! 😂
Just incase we do get abroad soon though – I’ve made the most of the extra time lockdown has given me and booked a series of Italian lessons online (I guess that limits our choice of location right enough) – which has been good fun. I used to speak Italian fairly well after taking it for A-Level but I’d forgotten a lot of it. It’s coming back to me though and co-incidentally I managed to get to speak to one of my 2 Italian patients last week!
Looking forward to a trip to Rome at some point in the future and catching up with the other 50% of our Italian patient cohort!