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Dentists and Doctors: Motivation Enough!


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Dentists and blood tests: Ugh. Is there anyone out there with good childhood memories? When I was a kid, I regarded them all as MONSTERS! Nowadays, I am blessed with the gentlest dentist in Raleigh, and I actually look forward to getting my teeth cleaned, but the mere mention of Novacaine sets me into a panic. As far as doctors go, those yearly blood tests make me wince. I also despise the way my family doctor leaves me sitting for what feels like HOURS half-clad in those horrid paper gowns, (If I were a doctor, I would provide cushy robes and a cushioned chair.)
Yesterday was my day: I bit down too hard on a peach pit, and I got to spend two and a half hours in a dentist chair being pricked, prodded ... Drilled ... OUCH! On top of that, I already had a scheduled physical, which meant even more needles ... Syringes ... Ghastly things, aren't they?
Today, though, the relief of knowing I have been cared for leaves me fairly ecstatic. And in spite of all my fears about doctors, How blessed I am! That dentist and his assistant -- hovering over me for such a long time just to be certain that molar stays alive -- The overworked doctor, who keeps me waiting because she is so good, so personable and caring that she spends time -- real time -- with each patient so she can be certain she's covered all the bases ... They are wonderful people.
My hat's off to this profession. I cannot imagine what it is like to know you're on call every second of your life. Nevertheless, my goal remains: Stay FAR, FAR away from them! It's why I'm on Spark ... REALLY!!!
PS I wrote this blog a couple of hours ago, and my good feelings were, moments ago, confirmed as the dental assistant took time out of her busy day to call and make sure that I am okay. Wow! If you live in Raleigh, I highly recommend Dr. Wiggs.
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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/2/2013 10:47PM

    It's hard to find good doctors and dentists. Unfortunately, I must visit them too often. Dentists don't scare me too much, especially now that I found out that novocaine doesn't work right for me and I need 3-5x a normal dose. I thought it was only meant to take off the absolute worst of the pain until just a few years ago!

It takes a special person to be a GOOD doctor or dentist. Too often they become overwhelmed and lose their heart. Too often they're burned by a patient, have their egos destroyed by patients with chronic illnesses that can never be cured, and get bullied by insurance companies that only care about profits. Over time, too many doctors become less able to deal with patients and problems, which is so unfortunate.

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AKATHLEEN54 7/2/2013 10:15AM

    So glad you have such wonderful caregivers. As a nurse I am one of the ones who pokes and prods an I hear so many stories about doctors who are abrupt, non-compassionate and are always in too much of a hurry to spend any time actually listening to their patients. You are one of the lucky ones to have found both a good doctor and a dentist. emoticon

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MUTTSBARK 7/2/2013 9:06AM

    Hi, Evie4now. I cannot get your page, so I will comment here: I hope you are not in ICU as you write ... Sending a prayer.

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EVIE4NOW 7/2/2013 8:43AM

  I too have the most wonderful doctors and dentists. What I really hate is getting shoved into ICU and never knowing if it's for a day or 2 or a week.

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