I went to the dentist today. I began to become a little nervous when I realized I was not going to have my regular dentist clean my teeth, but instead a dental hygienist. My apprehension was warrented. Turned out she was the hygienist from, well, University Dental. I think I must have been her very first patient ever. She treated me very roughly, did not take her time, and fumbled around in my mouth a lot. She also hurt me a lot. Now you have to understand that I can accept a lot of pain. I have fibromyalgia and my back is often in a lot of pain. But this was strange to sit there and have someone inflict it on you when they could have been more careful. I knew it was going to be bad when she took the x-rays and gouged the side of my mouth. Wow. Then she said, "I am going to move your chair now", and swung me around and hurt my neck. I guess she has to give her patients warning, lol. Then began the picking of my teeth with that metal pick/scraper thing. She kept missing and jabbing me in the gums. No, poking me and stabbing me in the gums. I said "Ow" several times and she said "Do you have sensitive gums?". Yeah right, lady! I noticed myself tensing up real bad. I made myself relax. With each poke I tensed and after each poke I made myself relax as if that was going to make it hurt less the next time. Tense, relax, tense, relax. Then she jabbed me so hard I tasted blood. A stream of blood I tasted for about two minutes. I guess I won't go into the rest of the gory details, except I will mention that there was no sink to rinse and spit, and she was not using the water and suction machine on me to get the pastey/cleaning fluid out of me, except maybe once. She was making me swallow it! So I gagged! Well, if you have gotten this far, you are probably sick, so sorry I have mentioned all this, and I won't go any further. At least I can be happy that the dentist came into the room and announced that I didn't have any cavities. Hooray!
After I went out into the waiting room to set up an appointment for six months, my dental hygienist came out and came over to a young girl who was sitting in a chair in the waiting room. On the floor facing the girl was a little tiny baby in a carrier. The dental hygienist was excited and came quickly over to see the baby. In her excitement she kicked the baby! The baby awoke and started to cry. Then I started to think that perhaps the hygienist was not being careless on me and just trying to work too fast, but that she was truly clumsy! I wonder how long she will last in that profession!
Next a dentist (a different one than mine) came out into the waiting room to look at the baby. She took the carrier and turned it away from the young lady to face her! I couldn't believe it! Why would people be touching other people's children without asking? While they were sleeping, no less? Especially if they didn't know them. I know they didn't know them because they were asking questions. When everyone left the girl made a horrified face and turned the baby around to face her.
Oh, I forgot to say, when I first walked into the dental office, there was a woman standing there at the receptionist's window waiting to be helped. She said she had been waiting for 25 minutes and the dental office had been totally empty! After she and I waited there for awhile, the staff finally came in. Dentists and hygientists and office workers et all. Perhaps they were out taking a power lunch. How strange!
Well, that was my day at the dentist.
Hope your day was more fun than mine!