Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Responsibility and Relationship

I purchased some solar Christmas lights yesterday. Of course, I couldn't wait to charge them up and see how they worked, so I put the little solar panels in my office window for the afternoon. I was shocked to see the lights come on when it was dark, or when they perceived darkness, such as when I stuffed them back in the shopping bag to bring them home. I was walking around with a lit up bag - it was kind of cute. When I got home, I put them on my kitchen counter, under a sky light - so they would charge again today. I was surprised to see they were still shining bright when I woke up this morning.

Today I am going to see a new dentist. I have been seeing the same dentist for 15 years. I am very attached to long term relationships, faithfulness, and consistency - I think these are very important things we learn in sobriety. The decision to see another dentist was very difficult for me.

I am in the middle of a huge project in my mouth and I came to realize last week that I have lost confidence in my dentist. Last week when I saw my dentist, the novocaine shot hurt so much - nerve shooting pain like lightening through my head - that I was still jumpy when he came at me with a drill. When he started drilling, I felt pain. I told him. He stopped for a moment, and then started again, I felt pain again. I jumped. He told me he could not work on me because it was not pain, it was my nervousness. He wanted me to take valium (a whole other subject I could write about and probably won't) and come back - we set an appointment for December.

In the meantime, I have got a tooth with an open drill hole in it and a toothache. Three weeks is a long time for either or both of those conditions. Yesterday I called around and did some internet research, picked a dentist, did some more research, including looking for actions against him on the state database. I found a man my age (I am sick of young, young, young people) who is nearby and has a website with testimonials from people who were formerly afraid of the dentist. There are photos of the office and it looks clean and bright and not frozen in the early '90s (like my other dentist's).

It made me sad to think that I did not used to be afraid of the dentist. I am now. My dentist of 15 years has hurt me and I have a bunch of crappy dental work in my head that I have paid a lot of money for. It is time to move on. It took me a l o o o o n n n g time to realize this.

It is important for me to face the reality of my relationships and take responsibility for myself. I don't have to dislike the old dentist, I think he is a very nice man who probably did nothing about keeping his skills once he got out of school. But I don't have to keep going to him. I am sad about it though.

If you are so inclined, please say a prayer for me, I am afraid. ( my prayer in the dental chair always starts by thanking God that I am able to see a dentist at all - there were years when I could not afford to. I am grateful for this.)

8 comments:

Carverlane said...

Yay for state-of-the-art dentistry! I LOVE going to see my dentist, with all the fancy gadgets. Yes, it is expensive. But my teeth are the pearls that I wear every day.

Kelly said...

prayers being sent your way. Your relationship with your dentist reminds me of one I am getting out of. Interesting.

C. said...

When someone is going to be doing these kinds of things to us, we need to be able to trust them, and we need to know that they are open to hearing that we are not frozen enough yet!

Let Go, Let God said...

Things change, I get that. So do long term friendships and dentists, unfortunately. I hope your experience with the new dentist is everything you need and want.

Syd said...

Sounds like it is a good move. I don't want any doctor that I see to make my visits miserable. Dental visits so far are a breeze for me but I still don't like to even hear the sound of that drilling on another patient.

Mary LA said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am terrified of dentists and keep hoping the fear will ease. Your new dentist sounds great and I love practitioners with plenty of experience.

Scott said...

hi MC :-) I will think of you and your dentist, wishing you warm thoughts and peace of mind...

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Glad you're moving fearlessly (or at least moving toward relieving anxiety and fear :)

Sorry your tooth is not fairing well, I hope it is corrected quickly and efficiently without pain. :)