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Monday, November 19, 2012

One Thanksgiving Day stands out in my memory.
It was cold and stormy; everything was covered with ice. I was happy to be indoors and warm -- even though I was in the hospital. I was lonely because no one could make it to the hospital to visit me. The roads were so slippery even the doctors and nurses had trouble getting to work.

I was looking forward to enjoying a “real” Thanksgiving meal – it would be my first solid food in 5 days.

Suddenly I felt something solid drop on my tongue! A dental crown had fallen out leaving a chasm right in the middle of my chewing surface. Ohhh. Not what I wanted to happen - and on a holiday – in an ice storm!!!

My nurse asked who my dentist was and offered to call to ask what she could do to protect my tooth and make me more comfortable until I could get it repaired. Well – my sweet dentist – [get prepared for this because it is truly amazing] - drove 16 miles in that ice storm to get to the hospital so he could put in a temporary crown. I was so very grateful. Not only for the dental repair – but for the incredible thoughtfulness of a man who didn’t have to go out of his way to help me – but he did. I’ve never forgotten it. (And incidentally – he never did charge me for the emergency care!) Here’s a big “Thank You” to the kindest dentist ever.

Now some of you may be wondering why I was in the hospital over Thanksgiving Day – so I’ll tell you. The most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me had taken place at that hospital. On November 22, 1970, I gave birth to my first and only child.

Before going into the operating room for a C-section delivery my doctor asked me what names I had chosen. Later when he lifted the crying baby, instead of saying, “It’s a girl” – he called my baby by name. “It’s Stephanie” he proclaimed, and all the staff welcomed her. Then they wrapped her in a pink blanket and let me hold her in my arms.

My first Thanksgiving with Stephanie is the one I will always remember.
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    Thank You for sharing that touching Memory with us!

    Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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    2009 days ago
    What a lovely story - it was very touching - thanks for sharing.
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    2010 days ago
    emoticon story and blog! It literally gave me goose bumps! You certainly did / do have a great dentist. I don't know of any other dentists that would do the same thing. What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving...with your first and only child! What a wonderful memory! emoticon to your daughter!

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  • BARBIE176
    emoticon emoticon That is an emoticon story. What a great gift you received for your Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing it with us and how emoticon your dentist was! Happy Birthday to your daughter too!
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  • JEANNE229
    timely and full of joy (for baby and dentist). I am also a Thanksgiving baby (Nov 24) so I wonder what my mother experienced.
    2011 days ago
    1970 was a good year for first babies. Mine now has graying hair. Where oh where do the years go?
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    2011 days ago
    What a beautiful memory! Your baby story and mine are somewhat similar. I gave birth to my son in the middle of a blizzard on New Year's Eve/Day. (Labored Eve, birth Day). No one could make it to the hospital to see us because of the horrible weather.

    I'm so glad you had the added kindness of your dentist to make your day better. Thanks for sharing this!
    2011 days ago
    What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. You had a lot to be thankful for, and still do!
    2011 days ago
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