Whew! What a day! In the dentist's office for 3 hours....got a cleaning, x-rays, oral evaluation.....the female dentist (loved that it was a woman!) and I decided on three teeth for crowns. Two of the teeth had pieces of tooth missing so instead of wasting money on fillings I am just going for the crown....the other one, well, let's just say I am very happy that I am going to have a porcelein tooth of one color to replace it.
Got back to the Mennonite Guest House and was enjoying another awesome Cadbury milk chocolate bar and one of the temporaries came out. Had to go to reception....borrowed the cell phone and called the dental office, the front desk ordered a taxi for me and off I went to get the temp glued back in.
While I was there I heard that I was absolutely the last person whose order was taken for crowns being done before the Christmas break in the labs. As the dentist said, God was with me on that one. I felt really bad though as there was a young boy who had fractured a tooth and she couldn't find a lab to do a crown for him.
She usually sends the ceramic work to South Africa because apparently the labs there do a "better" job of the crowns than the local labs in Nairobi. We had a long discussion about this. As it turns out it is all the better that I am just thrilled to be getting old, discolored teeth with way too many fillings replaced, I don't have a need to have a million dollar look. She said that folks in Nairobi are very particular. I apparently am not. Since all of the South Africa labs were already closed for the Christmas break I rejoiced that I am not!
In between all of these trips to the shopping mall where the dental offices are the only thing on the 4th floor I was the only person who enjoyed the scrumptious lunch that the cooks cooked up here at the Guest House. Did they read my mind that my most favorite thing in the whole world is mashed potatoes? Now if they come up with macaroni and cheese before I leave I will know that they read minds! Anyhow, wonderful salad, scrumptious Mexican bean dish and the chef shared the receipie when I asked for it!!! The excellent garlic bread again. All I can say is, wow. It is going to be hard to go back to my South Sudan cooking.
I have definitely lost weight again from being in Malakal for three months. My clothes are hanging on me. I am planning to find African fabric here in Nairobi to take back with me to Malakal. I have been introduced to a good tailor there and I want to have more of the wonderful African clothes made for me. I like to support the local economy (both in Nairobi and in Malakal) and these African clothes are creative and interesting to boot!