Ahhh, Monday, my old friend. Why are you always so strange?
What a great weekend. It is only like 100 degrees here in middle-America with 70% humidity - but for some reason, the national networks are not doing wall-to-wall coverage on the heat wave in the Midwest. If only I could live in New York where 100 degree weather is a national news event. Here it just means another day in the summer - suck it up east coasters.
So anyway, eldest daughter had a soccer tournament this weekend. Four games in 100 degree heat on artifical turf (at one point the turf temperature was 160 - I kid you not). She played great, the team played great, the parents complained about the heat great (I think I drank more Gatorade than she did).
The culmination of my weekend was a text informing me that my only Monday hygienst wasn't coming in because of a family illness. That's a whole other discussion that I'm not comfortable having on this blog but if someone wants to post anonymously how you handle these situations I would love to read about it. As for me, my wife and I have 3 kids, both work, have no family within 3 hours of us and never had to cancel patients (shuffle within the day yes). I'm not real sympathetic on a payday when I have to reschedule $300 in prophies.
As for the remaining hygiene patients today, I have been able to see them myself (in between restorative cases). It is actually a lot of fun to spend that much time with the patients and to get to interact with them. For the first 18 months of my practice I did not have a hygienist at all, so I am still pretty comfortable grabbing the Pieso scaler and hand instruments.
However, the first patient today gave me a real wakeup call. This is a patient that has been into the office 5 or 6 times for hygiene (initial exam and perio maintenance 3x/year). He has never had restorative work but has had several exams from me. I went to the reception room and brought him back to the chair. As I am placing the bib on him he says, "Are you new here?"
%*@#$(! Am I new here??!!??!!
I just smiled. "No, I'm the doctor... The fact that you don't recognize me must mean that we are doing a good job of keeping your mouth good and healthy so you haven't had to spend much time with me over the years."
Lest I ever think I matter that much.
Have a great week!