Okay. This is going to be an odd post, but I’m genuinely curious to hear what others might make of it.
Last week I went to the dentist…got some X-rays taken for some future work I need done. As I sat in the front of the office after the X-rays, nose deep in a magazine, the dentist was at the reception desk and asked me …‘Are you allergic to any medications’. To which I looked up from my mag and answered ‘No. Not that I know of.’
This is when it got weird. About 20 seconds later, the dentist asked me the same question, ‘are you allergic to any medications?’… to which I again looked up from my magazine and replied with the exact same… ‘No. Not that I know of.’
After I answered for what I thought was the second time in 20 seconds and watched the dentist write up the prescription, it started to really make me ponder why he had asked me the same question like that. Or why in fact I had answered just the exact same, instead of saying ‘like i said, not that i know of’ or some other variation of answer you might if you were oddly asked the same question in such quick succession.
Upon leaving, I made a future appointment…and I awkwardly asked why he had asked me about the antibiotics twice. He looked puzzlingly at the receptionist and back at me for a few seconds before he said ‘I didn’t’. At this point I mutter something lame along the lines of ‘oh okay’ and just proceed out the door.
I get to my car, and I sit for about 10 minutes trying to figure out what the hell just happened and plagued by questions. Did I somehow daydream that he asked me that the first time? Standard as the question may be, I really had no idea what the course of action was to be at that point. Not to mention that everything was the exact repeat of how it was to play out.
Now, I have had actual dreams in the past that somehow indicated what was to come in future. However, they are totally irrelevant and not helpful or significant in any way. Example being…
Once I dreamed I was reading the book “IT” by Stephen King and eating peanuts. It was right before I woke up…and upon waking I ran to the shop to get a few things for the day. While at the shop and standing in line, I overheard the couple behind me discussing Stephen King. The man in front of me I noticed was buying nothing but a single bag of peanuts. I was instantly reminded of my dream, and for a second things seemed surreal.
Now the dream incident I could pretty much sweep aside as coincidence of some sort, and the fact it was based in dream allowed me to do that with no problem. However, this experience at the dentist, I was fully awake, there were no drugs involved either just for the record. It wasn’t deja vu in the sense of just feeling like you’ve done it before, it was instant replay.
I guess I just want to know if anybody has had these kind of experiences. It really makes me think about time… and about things that I really have no grasp of. No, I haven’t been watching the Matrix or Donnie Darko on loop while dropping acid. I just can’t help but wonder about time’s secrets.