It’s been a busy few weeks at Tiwari Watson Dental Care! Our patients will have noticed we’re allowed more people in the waiting room as we can see more patients now compared to earlier on in the pandemic. Our waiting times are unfortunately still quite long so I’m working on plans to extend if possible, bring in some more staff and bring those waiting times down! I’d also love to have enough space to re-install a shower in the building so that I can cycle to work. When we first moved over to our new premises we had to sacrifice the shower to make way for a bigger staff room. My cycle dreams were therefore over before they started as who would want a smelly dentist treating them 🤢😷
I need a new form of exercise now that my football career is over (1. dislocated my knee, 2. too old, 3. terrible footballer) so I’m thinking cycling could be the answer. At the minute it’s golf but I don’t think that’s enough cardio wise, and anyway I’d undo all my hard work at the 19th hole 🍻. I think I’m also in with a shout of being the worst golfer in Scotland (starting to realise I’m not actually great at sport in general) but I guess that means more steps/exercise trying to find my ball after every shot 🤷🏻♂️
Running about after the kids seems to be the best exercise I have at the moment. I had a dad my age in at work this week doing the same with his young daughter too. It was actually his daughters appointment and when I asked “is it just a check up today?” he panicked and said ’God I don’t know I was just told to bring her here at this time.’ It really made me laugh as I absolutely sympathised with the situation. Us guys are frequently told what to do re: after-school clubs, sports, parties, appointments etc. It might not be the best exercise but I think my fellow dad had a sweat on for a wee second at least 😆
Raashi and I had a wee break from running about after the kids last month when we went to old Trafford to see Manchester United. I emailed the club to see if we could swap seats because of my knee and they put us in a box for FREE! 😂:
Speaking of big changes some of our patients will have seen on our website & social media that we can now make dentures/retainers/crowns/veneers/whitening trays straight from intra-oral scans, meaning no more messy old school moulds/impressions of your teeth. Check out our nurse Tiegan doing a scan for one of our patients and the accuracy of the final result:
If Manchester United are the equivalent of taking slow, messy impressions, the scanner is so much quicker and better – a bit like Manchester City or Liverpool. Pains me to say that but its true!
I used to write these blogs once per week but since moving house that’s been a bit more difficult:
This is our life at the moment. Kids and stuff everywhere, & the dog is under the desk here too! We’ve been temporarily living with the in law’s for a while but hopefully now next month we will be moving out again and into our own new house.
It’s actually been great living with the in laws to be fair, our friends would even argue that we’ve been ‘living the life of Riley’. That’s not 100% true but we have been making the most of the in house babysitting, cooking and ironing services lately! Given what’s going on in the world at the moment too we know we’re just so lucky to all be together happy and healthy!
A couple of weeks ago we had our work Christmas (delayed) night out, a karaoke then clubbing affair which had our babysitters on patrol until 6am 😳! For my turn at the karaoke I went for the absolute classic ‘teenage dirtbag.’ I remember once singing the same tune on a stag do karaoke and it went down so well that I was crowdsurfing by the end of it. In my mind it was in a sea of hundreds if not thousands of people, all going absolutely wild in celebration. But the next day I saw a video of it and it was basically an empty club with 3 of my friends struggling to hold me up and the bouncer watching on in total disgust.
Unfortunately we’ll have to scale back on the 6am clubbing nights when we move out. At 34 I wasn’t so sure I still had them in me anyway but I guess you never lose it 🤷🏻♂️.
One thing I have lost lately though is my footballing ability (what was left of it) after I dislocated my knee trying to play 5’s. I was lying on the ground with my kneecap half way up my thigh thinking “That’s me done – too old for this s***”. Even the kids were gutted as they’ll now have to watch the football actually sitting on the bed.
I’ll make sure I’m back to full fitness in time for our works charity (Marie Curie) climb up Ben Nevis in the summer. Thankfully we’ve got some seasoned pro’s coming with us to help make sure we all make it up and down safely. There are still a couple of seats left on our bus for anyone else that would be interested please just get in touch, particularly if you’re good at piggy backs, just incase..!
What a week it’s been with the storms. I’ve seen a few videos online of trampolines going for a jump themselves and even bins and sheds doing the same. I’ve been trying to ‘get my steps in’ this week too but sometimes our dog wee Fergie just stands still with the ears flopped, head tilted and looks up at me as if to say “I can’t be bothered to be honest 🥺” I’ve been looking back saying “you and me both Fergs”. Raashi and I have been aiming for 10,000 steps daily but the end of the garden and back leaves about 9990. We’ve got a bit of catching up to do but I reckon we’ll wait until the weather settles incase we get hit by a trampoline.
This week we also booked a charity event for the Summer for most of our staff. We’re climbing Ben Nevis in aid of Marie Curie. The last time we were able to organise a team charity event was before the pandemic where we walked from Balmaha to Milngavie, raising over £2k for the same charity. It took us about 10 hours as we came off the track for lunch (& a pint!) and cost ourselves so much extra time and effort. I remember at the time the staff asking me If I had trained for it. I replied saying I’ve been walking since I was 2 and that no extra practice was required. That proved wrong as it was so tough and we were definitely hobbling to the finish line and for a couple of days afterwards! – This time around I’m putting in the practice and getting in at least 10 steps per day currently 👀.
Last week I took the kids to check out the other forms of transport available at the Riverside Transport Museum. It was pretty good and it’s all free too. If you’ve got young kids it’s definitely a good wee afternoon out. For some reason they also have a lot of dinosaurs around:
Lately we’ve been making the most of the transport options available actually and got the boat back to Belfast during the half term. I always enjoy the ceremonial handing over of the kids to the grandparents when I go back home. Raashi and I made the most of it and booked into a spa hotel that my parents bought us for Christmas pre pandemic:
We spent some time with friends too and even went clubbing in Belfast City Centre. 💃🏻🕺🏻. Never too old 😊. Once we had recovered we signed the kids back out and came back to Glasgow, it was such a nice trip! My parents probably need a spa visit of their own now though…
To keep up with the latest form of transport we’re in the process of installing an electric car charger at work. At the moment it’s only a staff one but we’ll be putting in more soon that our patients can use for free too. Apparently we need Scottish Power to give us more ‘va va voom’ to the building first. Watch this space ⚡️.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to write a blog post as we’ve been so busy lately with moving house, Christmas/New Year, and just watching TV in bed. Last night that was Season 4 of Ozark – if you haven’t started it yet – get on it! It’s my favourite show since Breaking Bad, and so far there’s been no ‘fly on the wall’ episode either so it may be even better!
This week I ‘celebrated’ my 34th birthday too actually. Sadly I didn’t have a party as I was on a training course for 2 days in Coventry. Well, I didn’t go to a party because it wasn’t a party, but even if there was one nobody told me it was a party but there was alcohol involved at night, but it wasn’t a party, as it was definitely work related and I was only there for the 25 minutes but then I stayed for the (not an) after party. Funnily enough there was a lady called Sue there. I don’t think anybody sang happy birthday but it’s a Gray area so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what Sue says about it.
It was a shame to be away from the kids for it but they face-timed me and made the most of my chocolate cake in my absence. The course itself was probably the best one I’ve been on since my graduation in fairness. It was to do with bone grafting and sinus lift procedures in relation to dental implants. I thoroughly enjoyed it and let’s be honest, who cares about the 34th anyway! I reckon anything in between 30 and 40 is the ‘meh’ emoji > 😒. My next big one is the 40th – I’ll not be booking any courses during that as there definitely will be a party then – BYOB.
Thankfully not all my trips to England are alone as over the last few weeks Raashi and I managed to get to Newcastle together to see a football game which was nice:
Raashi is originally from Newcastle but I think I’ve managed to convert her to be a red now. Although we were literally up in cloud 9 with the seats, it wasn’t to be the same with the result as sadly it was Newcastle 1 Manchester United 1, and we were lucky to come away with a point to be honest. It was still a nice day away though – with all the restrictions we’ve been used to over the last couple of years it’s nice to have things in the diary to get excited about. I’m looking forward to our next ‘away day’ which is in Belfast at my parents in a few weeks time.
At work we have a new therapist starting this week, her name is Saima and she will be helping to bring our appointment waiting times down as much as possible. I’m sorry our patients are having to wait so long at the moment but we are getting there and hopefully with Saima now starting we will see a big difference!
Take care all and enjoy the rest of your weekend..
I’ve had a few weeks off writing my blog as we moved house and are temporarily living with Raashi’s parents. As you can imagine it’s been a whirlwind few weeks for us getting everything packed up. For some reason the same weekend we were moving house we decided to book a trip to Belfast too. It was great fun and a chance to see everyone before Xmas. The grinch even made an appearance at our family party, I’m not even talking about any of my Uncles who look like him either, it was the real grinch – such a good laugh.
It was a double header for Raashi and I as we went out to meet friends (Naomi & Conor) the next night too. My movember moustache was still on it’s last legs at this point and it came in handy for the karaoke show at the end of the night. 🕺🏻
On the other hand the flight back with all the bags and 3 crying kids was not a good laugh. Picture me, hungover, sweating profusely under a coat and 2 heavy jumpers that I had no room to pack (we stubbornly refused to pay for the hold bags – what a mistake that was), kids fighting over the window seat and Peppa pig on our phones, Ronan repeatedly throwing his milk down the aisle. Some passengers did offer to help by taking a bag, my advice was to save themselves by taking the next flight. Next time I think we’ll take the boat and make use of the soft play, and in hindsight maybe move house on a different weekend!
After all the rush we’re settled at Raashi’s parents now though. The kids seem to be loving it. They think it’s one big sleepover party. Raashi’s mum has been making us dinner and ironing our scrubs too – part of me is having second thoughts about moving out.
It’s been handy having the in house babysitters too, last week I managed to get out for an afternoon 10k charity run. One of our patients Matthew runs Elation Fitness and they were doing 100k in 12 hours last Saturday for mens mental health. It was a ridiculous challenge so Tiegan and I decided we would do our bit to support them on behalf of TWDC and put in 10k. We also donated our community fund this month (£150) to their cause, last time I checked they were over £7k! I’m still baffled at how they completed it. Fair play to all involved and well done on raising so much!
We had a Chinese last night for dinner and I think it’s ok to have leftovers for breakfast after my 10k last week 😏. I reckon i’ll be ‘dining out’ on that one for a while…
Not long back in from our daughter Mila’s 5th birthday party this morning. We arranged for it to be in a nearby bar that has an upstairs nightclub/private function area. There were 28 kids in there all dancing & going absolutely wild with a few even sleeping in the booths at the side. It probably wasn’t too dissimilar from what went on the night before when the adults were in.
The kids chicken nuggets that were on the go were absolutely unreal so I made sure to clean up as best I could at the end. “All those plates were empty the kids must have been hungry 😋” . Thankfully Mila absolutely loved it too and is now napping on the sofa all danced out.
I’d go for a wee nap myself only we have to continue packing our house up for moving out in 2 weeks time. Explaining the move to our kids wasn’t easy at first actually. Their initial reaction was to cry as they thought that all our stuff, (their toys & beds etc) got left behind with the house. When we explained that all our stuff comes with us they thought we were physically lifting our house from the foundations and moving it elsewhere with everything inside. To be honest, with the amount of things we have this actually might have been easier!
Before the mayhem really begins Raashi and I were lucky enough to spend a night away at Glenapp Castle in Ballantrae last week:
This was courtesy of Raashi’s mum for my birthday last year, and we just got round to using it. It was a great wee spot with a delicious 6 course dinner and a better yet a lie in. For anyone out there without kids – never underestimate your lie in on a Sunday!
I wanted to wait until after Mila’s party to shave all my facial hair and leave the moustache so I’m sure Raashi will be delighted that’s the look I’m now going for for the rest of the month. Our community fund of £100 will be donated to men’s health charities this month for ‘Movember’ so apologies in advance for my Freddie Mercury effort. My younger brother Jordan says of moustache’s “they’re coming back into fashion”. Mine will be a pretty pathetic one so I’m not sure he will be impressed with my efforts for the moustache fashion industry.
If any of our patients have any good ones on the go at the moment please tag us as we’d love to see it! 🥸
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks in the Tiwari-Watson household as we get ready to move house at the end of November. We’ve tried to do a lot of the packing ourselves with the help of the in law’s but thankfully we’ve also got a professional company coming in for the rest! Raashi and I just have to pack the most important (but most difficult) packages now which are the 3 kids. Oh and we can’t forget about the dog wee Fergie 🐶. I’m actually wondering what he’s going to bark at now that we’re moving a bit further away from the flight path! 🤷🏻♂️✈️
We’re actually moving in with Raashi’s mum and dad until our new house is ready. They’ll be happy to have us but it could be until February so I think by then they’ll be happier to kick us back out 😆 – especially if wee Fergs finds something else that happens every 10 minutes that he can bark at!
Fergie (the human one) wouldn’t have been impressed last week when I was at Old Trafford to watch Man United get beaten 5-0 by Liverpool:
I was actually back down in Manchester again this weekend on a dental CPD course about implants and bone grafting. It was a bit painful to return to the scene of the crime so soon to be honest. My train was cancelled due to flooding on Thursday so I had to drive down after work. My teeth took an absolute battering on the way down with the Red bull, coffee, haribo & skittles but along with Micheal Mcintyre’s audio book they were essential for the drive after a long day at work. I guess being at a course with 20 other dentists wasn’t the worst place to be with toothache should it arise anyway!
The course itself was really good. It was a Friday and Saturday thing so it meant staying over in a hotel on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday night I was glad to get straight to my bed but on Friday night I went to the cinema right next to the hotel for something to do. I was trying to blend in and pretend I actually had some friends but after queuing for 30 minutes for popcorn I then accidentally spilt it all over the floor when trying to fill my juice up. I probably should have called it a day there and then but I felt I owed it to the staff member who gave me a free popcorn refill, to plough on. Sadly the film itself was the worst I’ve ever seen. It was called ‘Dune’. If ever you have absolutely nothing else to do and no friends available just sit in a dark room instead, don’t go see Dune. If you absolutely must then just bring your own popcorn in a bag!
I was glad to get back home in time for the Halloween party today with the family:
The Adams family..
There’s still plenty of sweets left for me to continue my weekend as it started. Looking forward to going back to work next week just to get one of our dentists to give me a much needed M.O.T!
Quick reminder that we’re still on the lookout for a new dental therapist at TWDC, for anyone reading who may be interested please get in touch.
Enjoy the rest of your Halloween all, easy on the sweets and if you need an M.O.T like me give us a shout!
It wasn’t a great start to the weekend yesterday after my beloved Manchester United were beaten by Leicester 4-2. The fans sometimes sing “Ole’s at the wheel, tell me how good does it feel” about our current manager. I think now though we’re slowly realising that maybe he isn’t a great driver after all as the bus keeps crashing and it doesn’t feel so good to be honest. It reminds me of that scene in Austin Powers where he’s trying to steer the car out of a tight space and keeps getting stuck:
I do still love Ole though and hope he sorts his driving out. Seatbelts & helmets on in the mean time. 😣
To be fair to him he’s not the worst driver I’ve seen lately either. That award might have to go to my wife Raashi. She managed to scrape the side of her car (third car this exact same thing has happened to) on the side of our house. We have a narrow driveway & when parking at the back of the house you have to just be careful you don’t turn too acutely or this happens:
Three times, three different cars. Thankfully we’re moving out soon! (I’ve got a great Ring camera CCTV recording of the moment Raashi gets out and realises what’s happened ((again)) but let’s just say the 1 word used wasn’t exactly family friendly so I could’t upload it 😆🤦🏻♂️)
Speaking of moving out we’ve got plenty of packing to be getting on with. I really didn’t realise how much stuff we have and how little it takes to fill a box! This morning I’ve just found a 2 CD pack of Daniel O’Donnell’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ album. I’m not sure that’s going to make the cut into the moving boxes so if anyone fancies it let me know!
Busy week ahead at work too. Our new dentist Lydia is settling in well and hopefully now our waiting times will come down soon. We’re actually also looking for a new dental therapist as most of our patients will know the appointments with Rebecca for scaling and polishing are months ahead at the moment. So if there are any dental therapists reading this who would be interested please get in touch – friendly team, nice practice, lovely patients and free staff parking at your own risk ☺️.
I spent Friday and Saturday this week at the UK & Ireland ITI (International team for Implantology) annual conference in Edinburgh. It meant staying over on the Friday night in Edinburgh which was great fun as there was also a party with a live band on at the National Museum of Scotland.
It was great to actually go to in person events like that again as opposed to ‘zooming’ them from home. It’s good to see people/colleagues that I’ve not seen in so long – plus there’s always free food at these things to make the most of. (Oh and yes its good to learn new things too of-course – the main reason for going!) 😆
It was a good end to a very busy week at work as we welcomed two new nurses (Megan and Caitlin) and a new dentist (Lydia) to our expanding team. They seem to have settled in really well already. We had a work night out last weekend to welcome everyone so you can imagine at my age I’m now hoping for quiet weekends until Christmas after the double header. 😴
We’re just back from Jurassic park (I don’t know the real name but it was a park with dinosaurs) with the kids this afternoon – at Cunigar loop in Rutherglen. Older kids loved it, youngest actually thought the dinosaurs were real and wanted to eat him so I had to carry him the whole way round – he’s not the lightest either! Word of advice if you’re planning on going, bring the welly boots – we got ourselves absolutely covered in muck! To make matters worse Ronan’s nappy had started to leak through too so muck wasn’t my only concern. Soaking, tired, cold & Covered in muck and pee. Not a bad Sunday but not my favourite either – I’m hopeful that a Chinese takeaway later on will save it!
Now that Lydia’s joined the team we’re hopeful our waiting lists will come down, so give us a call if you’re in need of an appointment or if your on the waiting list already we’ll be in touch ASAP.
It was nice to bump into Gary Oldman yesterday at the Manchester United game! I forgot his name initially and simply went ‘there’s that actor fella’ – thankfully my dad remembered and he was nice enough to get a photo with us. My dad and I got ourselves some season tickets at Old Trafford for this year so it was great to get down for Ronaldo’s returning debut. All week I was so excited about it, literally counting down the sleeps – it felt like Christmas and I was 7 years old again! Ronaldo didn’t disappoint either, 2 more goals to add to his ridiculous tally. He’s only 134 goals off Wayne Rooney’s Man United record now, I thought he had an outside chance of beating that yesterday but I was happy to settle for the brace.
After the game I was at a friends wedding in Liverpool too so it was a great day. There might have been some terrible dancing on display though after the beers all day at the game. Hopefully theres no video evidence. 🙈
Looking forward to getting back home (currently driving back) to see the kids – fingers crossed they all just want to lie on the sofa and watch TV and eat crisps 🤞🏼….Wishful thinking perhaps!
Busy week at work this week coming and our new dentist Lydia is starting in a couple of weeks too. She popped in to say hello to the team last week – she’s lovely so I’m sure our patients & staff will all get on well with her. Another Irish girl too, just to confirm in advance though she is NOT my daughter, as some patients thought our dentist Laura was. 😳
With her starting we’re hopeful this will bring our appointment waiting times down and the same with our new patient list. Just to confirm to all we are still taking new patients on at the moment. The NHS waiting list is around 12 months or there is availability to be seen sooner privately. These waiting times will hopefully come down drastically now though once Lydia starts.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a good week all,