Dr. Mommy Dentist

Saturday, February 24, 2007

so tired i'm wired!

two weeks and we've survived the following - runny noses and green snots, my first solo drive to michigan to visit nana, meeting the new dog, cookie barfing on nana's couch, trying to get cookie to sleep in her own bed at a normal, regularly duplicated hour, and five straight days of crazy dentisty. i'm tired.

i worked today, the first saturday i've been on in a while. i really enjoyed having my weekends off, but reality always sets in. this one was a doozy. i arrived at 9 a.m. , my first patient who was booked an hour and a half for Q3 resto no-showed and has no number where we can reach her. all of that was compensated for as i tried to leave twice when i thought i was done for the day, once at 3 p.m., once at 4:30, and it was finally at 5:15 when i got to go home. what is it with people that prompts them to phone in their dental emergencies at 4 p.m. on a saturday???? i recbonded a cracked veneer for a patient of my colleague (which is going to be replaced, i kinda had to do a jigsaw puzzle thing with it but it actually came out pretty nicely. thank god he saved the piece), dolled out antibiotics and pain meds for two endodontically and periodontically hopeless teeth that i will be extracting next week, cemented another old, crusty post, core, and crown that needs to be replaced but the patient doesn't want to pay for it, and adjusted another crappy denture (a nesbit appliance that the same crown patient can't seem to part with). this was not counting the recall exams and real dentistry i did as well. so much for leaving at 3:00 today! but it was nice, i had pepperoni pizza and french fries waiting for me, which i wolfed down because i didn't get to eat all day and hadn't eaten since my tiny bowl of shreddies at 7 a.m. this morning. it feels really good to be home after a hard day's work. and i'm looking foward to my long weekend.

3 Comments:

  • And then imagine on top of all of that running your own practice, where even though you might have an office manager, you still need to keep your mind on the business and staffing aspect.

    By Blogger Ameloblast, At Sunday, February 25, 2007  

  • even thinking about that far ahead makes me even more tired!

    but i have to say, at least when you own your own office you have a bit more control of things. you don't have to worry about your boss/manager breathig down your neck, you can use whatever supplies you want without justifying or explaining the expense, and the staff has a bit more respect for you because they work for YOU, not the boss. but i guess the grass is always greener, right?

    dentistry is hard work, i tell you, its hard! and i take my work home with me too, fretting about post-ops, obsessing over the crowns that i did (your crown-lengthening post made me think about a couple that i did a while back), and hoping that my dentistry doesn't appear on the "what not to do" section of the RCDS dispatch or the AGD newsletter. man, i don't know what i would do if i were a cardiologist or an ER doc. probably be dead by now!

    By Blogger Dr. Mommy, D.D.S., At Sunday, February 25, 2007  

  • Yeah, that was a big reason why I didn't go into medicine.

    By Blogger Ameloblast, At Monday, February 26, 2007  

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