Let me tell you, it is not easy to be a dental hygienist! Some days, the patients make me want to hide out in the Bahamas on, sit on the beach and drink a lot of those fruity drinks! I love the patients who arrive late to their appointments, with total disregard for my time, they rush into my chair, telling me to “hurry up and get the job done”.
Some days, I wonder why I went to school for this.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to get in there and really get those teeth clean. Most of my patients are fabulous, they are on time, super nice, clean and they regularly brush their teeth. This blog is about the odd ones, the token few who keep my job interesting yet, disturbing at the same time.
When I am working on a patient, I usually have them hold the suction. I think that this helps them to feel involved and have some control during the appointment. The other day, I had an appointment with an older male patient, who thought he was really funny. When I handed him the suction, He smiled a greasy smile at me, and said, “Now you need to let me know what you want me to do with this thing, you know you’re the one who wears the pants in this relationship”. He began to snicker, obviously proud of his inappropriate words. I almost vomited as the spit began to fly out of this mouth as he laughed and waved the suction around the room.
Gross! Yes, it was but not as gross as the day that Mr. Podre showed me the food catch that he thought he had in his lower anterior tooth. He told me that is lower gum had a pocket and it was collecting food, he pointed to a lump in his gum. Before I could get the words out, “you have an infection”, Mr Podre pushed on his “food catch” to show me the captured food. He said “look, I can push out the food with my finger” and he did just that! Only it wasn’t food, it was pus! Mr. Podre, than told me that he kept it cleaned out by pushing with his finger on a regular basis. Then he did the most disgusting thing that I have ever seen, he ATE it!! He told me that he gets more mileage out of his food that way; I had to get up and leave the room.
What is the deal with some of these people? Were they raised by humans or were they born in a barn? I think that I have seen it all, from the patient who ask me to dinner, to a seventy year old man who choked on his words as he asked me if he could get perio disease from preforming oral…. ~ Oh my ! I never know what will happen next, which keeps the job interesting and gives me some great stories to tell my friends.
People are unpredictable, that I know for sure!
With your success in mind,