|Tuesday, I saw a double rainbow that looked a lot like this.|
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” — Maya Angelou
It had been awhile since I had been to the dentist. There were dentist complications in my old congregational setting. Lesson learned: No matter how well-meaning, don’t let the church drop dental coverage when a dentist in the congregation offers to “take care of it” because if that dentist is against gay marriage, and the denomination, not the congregation, passes a “Marriage Equality Resolution” … but that’s another story.
Then I moved.
Then I got busy.
Then I was scared to break in a new dentist.
And then I did make an appointment for a cleaning with a dental office I found through my dental insurance (yes, I have insurance again!). The first appointment was two months into the future. Then I broke a tooth.
My new dentist is a wonder! When I told him during our first visit that I was afraid, he said I had come to the right place. I didn’t believe him.
My appointment today resulted in a temporary crown, no need for root canal (praise be!), and an appointment in two weeks that I am actually looking forward to.
I asked him how he got to be so good at the “chair side” manner which got an extra-special workout today with this white-knuckled patient. He said he had been taught in dental school that there is a person attached to those teeth. He sees dental work as simply technique that he has long-ago mastered. What makes his practice meaningful to him is treating people’s anxiety and fear, and not simply their teeth. I was in very good hands, after all.
Wow! Simply WOW!