Tucker, age 3
Friday afternoon, I officially completed my treatment plan with my dentist (that was my announcement, by the way). From now on, I am a normal patient, who goes in for cleaning and exams only. In fact, I plan to call the office this morning to make my appointment. Whoo-hoo!
I walked into my new dentist's office for the first time in December of 2007, and thus commenced one of the most painful arduous years of my life. And as Adalia (12) says, "Well, mom, hopefully this is the worst dental year you ever have!"
I have burned through more bottles of Vicoden and Percocet than I can remember (and yes, I know they're highly addictive, and no, I don't find my consumption of them the least bit amusing- for a woman who literally went years without taking so much as a tylenol, I find this highly disturbing).
I've made a handful of "emergency" trips into the dentist, when things have gone bad. Including seven o'clock one Friday night. There was the time I had to take several small children with me and leave them alone in the waiting room. I've had root canals on the morning of family camping trips, and nine hour long sedation appointments. And who could forget my surprise birthday visit? My teeth have proven to be unique in every way: extra canals, s-shaped roots, and canals so long, they weren't entirely visible on the x-rays.
I'm thinking of writing a book about my experiences, and calling it A Year of Dentistry. I mean, if these people can sell their book, why not me? I'll simply compile the thirty or so blog entries I have referring to my dental visits, and pair them with photos of my beautiful children.
Here's what the back cover will say:
From failed root canals to forgotten retractor cord, from vomiting during procedures to teeth that won't stop bleeding, join one dental patient as she navigates the world of modern dentistry.
Catchy, don't you think? I'll even give a complimentary (autographed!) copy to my dentist, for his waiting room.
Okay, now for the giveaway. I have personally assembled a Dental Hygiene Kit, for one lucky reader. Included will be: a new toothbrush, several toothpaste samples, floss, a child's toothbrush, a free drink at Starbucks, some chocolate, and a hand sewn, terribly imperfect pencil roll (come on, you didn't think I was going to give away just dental supplies, did you?).
To join in my giveaway, simply leave a comment, guessing the number of hours I spent in the dental chair in 2008. I'll pick the closest guess (or several guesses) for my giveaway. Due to logistical issues, I only plan to send the package to places in the US, but the rest of you feel free to join in. Come on, I know you don't really want the new toothbrush, but humor a gal, would you? If it weren't for the prospect of blogging about all these visits, I don't think I would have survived.
I'll announce the winner (and post a photo of the prize) tomorrow.