|Hannah Rose - March 2010|
So when I got home I booked another one for two months later. When it came time for that appointment another grandbaby arrived unexpectdly six weeks early so I was called upon to babysit the baby's siblings while the parents were at the hospital. Who could blame me for missing that appointment???
|Tate - May 2010|
Again I rescheduled for two months down the road. Again...wait for it...another grandbaby was born and once again I stayed home to look after the baby's siblings.
|Quinn - July 2010|
Did I mention that 2010 was a very busy year for babies in our family and a very neglected dental care year for me? It was!
When the dentist didn't call me back to book my annual check-up in August I figured he must have written me off. Fine with me. I had some issues with his care, or lack thereof, earlier when I had a root canal - another story altogether. So I told myself I'd find another dentist - actually I planned to go to the one he sent me to who really helped me with the root canal.
But because I'm a huge procrastinator, combined with the fact that I really don't like going to the dentist, I never made the appointment. Then in steps Lloyd. He's in High Level. He has a toothache because he never went and had the temporary filling on a broken tooth replaced with a permanent one over a year ago. Do you see a pattern here? I wonder if our grown up children ever go to the dentist? I must check. Maybe it's hereditary.
Anyway, Lloyd called and asked me to make an appointment for him with the dentist I had planned on going to myself. So I called and made an appointment for Lloyd and while I was on the phone, I made one for myself too. I figured it was safe because none of my daughters or daughters-in-law are pregnant right now.
Today was the day. I was dreading it because....I was feeling guilty....I was sure some dread disease had lodged itself in my mouth due to my neglect...I figured I'd have to have lots of work done, etc. Was I surprised! It was a great experience. The hygenist was wonderful, funny, and gentle. The dentist was the same. I got my teeth cleaned, was given a gift bag with mouth wash, toothpaste, special rubber gum cleaners, floss, toothbrush, etc. It was like going to a kid's birthday party. And my insurance covered all but $16.00 of the treatment. I'll go back for a follow-up in three months without a care in the world.
I remember (though some of you younger ones won't) when Mum started taking us to the dentist when we were 4 or 5 (way back in the 1950s) the dentist would give us a can of tooth powder as we were leaving. Have you ever used this stuff? It was actually quite fun to use. You would sprinkle a bit of the powder in the palm of your hand, wet your toothbrush, rub the brush into the powder on your hand and make a paste right there in your hand, and transfer it to your teeth with your toothbrush, and then scrub. Kids just don't have fun like that anymore.
And that was my fun for today.