What does it mean when you get excited to go to the dentist because it is an outing without the kids? I have had two appointments this week, enjoying the magazines for close to an hour at each appointment. Granted I had to read quickly because I could be called in at any point but very relaxing to be sure. Then an hour laying in the chair, I could have fallen asleep if it has not been for the the road to Damascus light shining into my eye’s. I laid there chuckling to myself because I realize that this is the only situation that I can’t get a word in edge wise! It also reminded me how I loved being a chair side assistant ( that means I did not have my dental assistant certificate) and a few stories that I have during that career.
I worked for a very smart dentist. I am sure he flew through school and did not have to struggle with learning. I on the other hand take time to learning a new skill. He and the ceritified assistant trained me on the job so I had no schooling at all. There is a lot to learn in a dental office and many, many small details to remember. It was easy to get confused and to make matters worse the dentist would become impatient.
At the end of a long day the dentist and I did a root canal for a patient. I was determined to do everything right. During the root canal I was required to light the cigerette lighter in one hand and hold the suction in the other. I have had very little practice with the lighter and have always struggled with using it. This time it would be different. I flicked the lighter and was relieved to see the flame, I was on a roll. But the Dr. took longer than expected and I could feel the heat on my thumb, still I would not move positions to readjust, surely he would have his instrument hot enough soon. Then to my horror my glove caught on fire! I just looked at it, no way was it going to get bawled out today. The dentist quickly put the fire out and started to laugh. It was not a flawless procedure after all. We both had a story to tell that day, along with the day I hit him in the head with the over head light and nearly called “Jesus” in for his appointment instead of Jesus pronounced Hasus. It was a career cut short because I came to Ontario to get to know my boyfriend better who is now my husband. Other wise I would have gone to school an become a cetified dental assistant. I applied to the program before I moved as my back up plan if Jason didn’t work out!