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What's up Doc??!!!

 It's become evident that few people can go to the doctor for a simple, even non-clinical requirement and come back without feeling like they were modern-day Frankenstein's monsters or something to that extent.

I'd gone to the dentist over the weekend for a simple scaling. A scaling I tell ya, and I met with the most lachrymose-type doc I'd ever met. I was wondering if she'd starting weeping at the sight of my plaqued teeth or not. But Ye Funereal Teeth Cleaner Lady just told me with the right amount of doom in her voice, that I had an overbite and that my teeth were grinding against each other.

When I asked her how my teeth could grind themselves without any help from me or my jaw, she looked even more melancholy and said my teeth would get shorter, but conversely with my gums receding my teeth would become more exposed (imagine me as all gleaming calcium caps on display peeps!) and in time they (the non-pearlies) would become lose, move (teeth migrated too huh?) and I might have to get them extracted- UNLESSS...
I wore braces!!

So she very glibly told me about her orthodontist friend who again, very conveniently also attends the clinic where I'd gone to. She then mistook my gobsmacked look to mean that I didn't know what an orthodontist was and proceeded to explain.

When I recovered from the experience of being told my mouth and teeth were on the highway to hell (dentally of course) I asked her if wearing braces would curb the problem for sure. Mrs. Dirgeful Mourning 2011 told me that nothing was for certain and that after atleast 1.5 to 2 years of wearing the braces we'd know then.
I was feeling quite bummed out (mainly by her tone and demeanor and about braces which I've hated since I was a kid) and told her, "I never thought I'd have to wear braces at my age!" She promptly asked for my age and when I told her (you thought I'd mention it here, didn't you? Suckers!!) she told me with a lot of gloomy relish that it could happen to anyone but mine was in the initial stages so I should be happy.

After all that nonsense we finally got the damn teeth clean! Thankfully another doc did it. I wouldn't have opened my mouth for the sad freak ever!!

I kept thinking that I had no disease per se and the Angel of Doom was making such long pronouncements about it in her most sepulchral manner; what if she'd been another kind of doctor and had to tell the patient that something WAS seriously wrong with them? She'd probably have Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique playing in the background to give it the proper doomsday tone!!

Am I going back to see the orthodontist? No way Jose! If they have a problem with that I got something to tell them- Bite ME!

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kingsly
Feb. 5th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
Unfortunately this is SOP with the majority of dentists(all my dental problems started *after* I got braces)

Better to live with crooked teeth or even with no teeth than to let them do their pre-emptive treatments.

Unfortunately real doctors are getting there too, a few years ago as I was recovering from a cold there was some blood in the mucus and an over-cautious/concerned doctor friend made me visit an ENT, by the time made it to the hospital(~24hrs later) I was feeling fine.(went more for the friend than me.)

The doctor examines me, makes me get an xray, claims I am infected and there's pus in my face and also I have a deviated nasal septum which is what is causing all the problems and I'd need to get surgery done to fix it. [and during the course of conversation also advises me to get married/stop drinking(And I barely manage to clock a few beers a year!)]

The worst I've been sick(infected swollen foot-ankle/fever/barely able to walk) only required only 2-3 tablets, and this guy fills out a prescription for tons of tablets/drops/sprays(2 full sides!) and I'm feeling perfectly fine.

So end up having to get a second opinion from a different hospital/doc the next day, who is even reluctant to order an xray. But get him to do it anyways to ensure he makes his decision based on the same inputs. And he finally prescribes some karvol for inhaling and even that he seemed to do more for my satisfaction than out of real necessity.(probably thought I was an hypochondriac)

We only hear about the worst of the lot and the exceptional ones who go out of their way. People also need to write more about about doctors/dentists who just do their job right. We need to know more of those so we know whom to visit when sick.
fumunarc
Apr. 9th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
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fortunatecave
Apr. 14th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
:)
thank you
(Anonymous)
Apr. 15th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
sms
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fortunatecave
Jun. 7th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: sms
thank you very much...appreciate the vote of confidence :)
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
very instructive
what I was looking for, thanks
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