Monday, May 15, 2006


Well, our internet has been spotty, at best, lately.  I have a couple of things to share from the past couple of weeks.  Two things happened to me that have never happened before and I hope never happen again.

First, I was hit on…… a woman.  Some may dispute this and indeed I, too, have tried.  Here are the events in no particular order:  she looked into my eyes numerous times, giggled at everything, complimented my style of scrubs (effusively) – I mean, it’s scrubs, and when I asked her if she had any questions before the Dr. came in, she pointed to a picture and said, “Is that your dog?”  It was implied and I think quite clear that I was asking about dental questions.  Coincidence?  Perhaps, but there is no denying that I never want to see that patient again.  She made me very uncomfortable.  Giggle, giggle. :)    

Second and perhaps most disturbing and yet strangely touching, a patient came in and told me that she needed to tell me something.  I said okay and then was surprised by the following conversation.  The interchange went something like this:

Pt:  I’m sorry if I was a little strange the last time I was here.

Me:  That’s okay.  (wracking my brain…I didn’t remember anything unusual)

Pt:  You see, I thought you died.

Me:  (Speechless)

Pt:  My co-worker came back to the office after her appointment and said that the girl who cleans teeth had died and I cried for 3 days.  I thought it was you but I can’t ever remember your name.

Me:  (still a little speechless)  Oh!  I’m fine; do you mean JulieAnn?

Pt:  Is that the other girl?

Me:  She worked here a few years ago and was killed by a drunk driver…it was very sad.  I went to school with her.

Pt:  Did I see her?  Did you work with her?

Me:  I don’t think you’ve seen her and I actually took her place.

Pt:  Well, I thought it was you and I was so upset and thought I should call or come in.  That’s why I didn’t come in for awhile.  Last time I came, I was so surprised when you came out to get me because I thought you had died.  That’s why I was quiet.

Me:  (at a complete loss for words and completely not believing I just had this conversation) Well, thank you for caring!

Pt:  I’m glad you are okay!

How strange.  It really makes you think.


Micah & Brad said...

WOW!!!! How did you think of anything in the world to say to that?!?!? I'm pretty sure if I had of thought that about someone, I never would have said anything to them about it!! Duh!!

Jen said...

YES, you shared the story of the woman hitting on you. :)

Second story...WOW. That's all I have to say. How weird for her though to see you, when she thought you were dead. How caring.

steph said...

I'm still laughing about these anecdotes (and yes these are classic ones!) and I've known about them for at least a week.
You should write a book entitled something like, Beside the Dental Chair.