Rattiva_Mike wrote:I think my fear of surgery (or rather general anaesthetics) would rival Jim's fear of flying..
Swap 'ya.. Although I've never had any, I can say I have no fear of surgery and no fear whatsoever of the dentist. Mine and my hygienist are always staggered at my total calmness in the chair. Honestly, during the last root canal I very near fell asleep and it had nothing to do with anaesthetic...
Now, flying. No way. I'd need to be knocked unconscious before I ever fly again. It's so bad I even feel uncomfortable watching a plane flying on telly... Strange really as I've flown a huge amount in the past, including some bloody hair-raising ones on third-world airlines. An Air Malawi flight between Jo'burg and Lilongwe on an elderly BAC1-11 will always stick in the memory... My best flights have been aboard RAF VC10s and the very best on an RAF Herc. to Cyprus and back...
Mike, all the best for the rebore. It'll be the very best thing you will ever do
Think of it like root canal treatment. Terrifying in prospect but the end result is fantastic...
Well, sadly, as I have a stinking cold, they've put the operation off - 16th November I have to wait until. I have heeded your advice though, and I had actually got myself into a prepared state!
I have fallen asleep at the dentist three or four times now - all during root canals. What else is there to do? Your mouth is numb, you're lying on your back... Have a doze. Dentist hold no fear for me at all.
As for flying, I am no fan of it. I was ok when I was younger - first flight I ever had was on the Penzance-Scillies Helicopter as a 5 year old, A Sikorsy S-62. Interesting. Then a BAC1-11 from Manchester to London when we moved out to Hong Kong, then it was all DC-10s and 747s for years. Never had a problem with it until we landed in a Typhoon. Captain came on an hour out of Hong Kong and said it was likely to be "a little windy" - typical BA pilot understatement. 400 people on that plane had white knuckles and held their breath for an hour while we were tossed about like a feather. We were the last plane in for 2 days. I was 11. I have disliked flying ever since.
You can imagine my mental state last time I was in Brazil coming back from Florianopolis, trying to land at Sao Paulo Guarulhos in a thunderstorm on a Varig 737. 2 missed approaches was scary enough, but a touch-and-go is perhaps the scariest thing I ever experienced! Land, touch down, pilot realises he hasn't got room to stop because he landed too far down the runway, so cracks the throttles wide open again and pulls up steeply. We landed the next time around, though it just seemed like the captain threw the plane on the ground in desperation. We learnt later we couldn't divert elsewhere because Varig were in financial trouble, and the plane wasn't fuelled to go to an alternate airport..
Best flight ever? Probably the one from Budapest to London to see my first ever girlfriend. We were fog-bound in Budapest , so the airline gave us loads of drinks vouchers for the bar, so we got very, very drunk.. wouldn't allow you on the plane these days, but it was ok then!