November 27, 2007

Meet My Patient

I didn't know part of being a dentist was being a therapist too! You would think having your hands in someones mouth would shut them up, but noooo. I had many oh-i-need-to-pour-my-heart-out-sessions; and I have perfected keeping the look of impatience off of my face (god bless my mask). One of my patients, female, mid thirties, started showing my bruises on her body, and telling me the story of each.

This she said pointing to a bruise on her wrist was because of you.

excuse me?

from last time I was here, I got home late and he got mad.

who got mad?

My husband!


Could you try and hurry up today?

Of course, ill do my best, please lay back.

Wait let me show you the bruise on my leg.(
lifting her dress up)

ma'am please put ur dress down.

You know when we first got married he was so sweet

ma'am your going to be late again

I never thought in a million years this would happen to me

I understand, please open wide

We were so in love

ma'am the anesthesia is going to wear off

But everything changed.
(starts crying)

No wonder dentists commit suicide!
All i wanted to do was tell her to SHUT UP so i can finish my work. So she wont be late and her husband hits her then she comes back claiming its my fault!

I didn't finish on time, but she freaked out so much, I just put a temporary filling, and then I drove her home.

9irt draiwel akher 3mre!

God she made me feel so damn guilty! I know its not my fault her husband is an abusive maniac, but when someone tells you your the cause of their misery it still feels bad!
I just felt really sorry for her, and when she asked me to take her home I couldn't say No.

So much for my embracing the word no post!

posted by eshda3wa at 1:40 AM


dentists commit suicide because they have boring jobs!

November 27, 2007 at 2:17 AM  

Its definitely her husband fault .. I advice you when you keep facing this problems again and your feeling toward it is the same, then change your job or change your patient :)
but to change it for what type ?? I have no Idea !!

November 27, 2007 at 2:28 AM  

loooooool that was an interesting conversation,hehe

November 27, 2007 at 2:37 AM  

I really doubt that you are a dentist! I mean come on, local anesthesia doesn't WEAR OFF that fast!

Usually dentists have a minima of psychology class to deal with such situations. This woman was trying to ask you for help, and all you did is fucking drive her back home? so that her fucked up husband beats her up again?

No wonder our hospitals are full of shit, since this is the mentality of our doctors and "dentists"!

November 27, 2007 at 5:27 AM  


November 27, 2007 at 5:28 AM  

That's the only reason why I choose to get into dentistry! I think this is what will keep you entertained.
Anyways, Next time ask her to bring her husband with her ow bel ghala6 doray 3aleeh full mouth extraction, jeleal el 7ayah..

November 27, 2007 at 7:22 AM  

wow! do dentists commit suicide more than any other doctor? and wow allah iy3eenich!

November 27, 2007 at 7:49 AM  

You know its good that you listen but she is in one hell of a situation and it was very good of you drop her off. Alah ekoon ib 3oonha.

November 27, 2007 at 8:50 AM  

wooow , alaah y3eenich dear

poor lady i feel sorry for her

but 8ij u have hard job

November 27, 2007 at 9:43 AM  

Have a sign somewhere that says no talking. or please shutup!

Something funny, so they wont be offended! ;p

November 27, 2007 at 9:49 AM  

maybe coz doctors can keep a secret? dayum ur show is PACKED this season, having said that, what happened to her car? how did she come to the clinic?

:( be careful you might have lots of psycho stalkers needy patients types that won't let u go...

November 27, 2007 at 9:49 AM  

Poor women! Both you and her! Lol!!

November 27, 2007 at 11:18 AM  

2 words.

General anesthetic.

November 27, 2007 at 12:29 PM  

my job is not boring! well... not much anyway!
ppl fear me man its entertaining!

i dont face alot of these situations, most of the time patients just come in and out, you just learn not to dwell

it was.. sad

no it dosnt, but i use that line alot so patients let me work.
and believe me when i tell u, no matter how many psychology classes you take, once ur in the situation its a totally different matter.
Yallah sheday 7alaich and make a difference in our hospitals!
ooops 3ala shino?

actually the thing i find so entertaining ... and its mean i know.. bs its how much fear ppl have towards us!
ya3ne as a normal person ma7ad ma36eene waih :P bs as a dentist wahahahaha!

yes we have the highest rate of suicide min any other profession! i have no idea why!

shes a frequent visitor of the hospital, she has been advised time and again to take action, bs ehya ma tabe, which makes me feel totally helpless u know?!

new bride
eeh wayd takser elkha6er

blue dress
actually i wouldnt mind offending a few :P
bs the supervisor bel clinic maykhaleeni

she lives very close to the hospital, bs it was faster for me to drive her back.
I know, i actually crossed a line by agreeing to take her home, bs kel 6rag eb ta3loomah.

allah y3een eljamee3!!

November 27, 2007 at 12:40 PM  

but it would make my clinic alot quieter!

November 27, 2007 at 12:44 PM  

Oh my ;/ Allah y3eenich la ta36inha majal again.. Good luck o bil tawfeg enshallah :)

November 27, 2007 at 2:02 PM  

looooooool, now i feel guilty for my dentist post ;P

You tell me when you practice so I can come over and fix my teeth ;D and we'll call it even.

Allah Ye3enich, dealing with people is HARD

November 27, 2007 at 2:18 PM  

LOOOOOOOOOOOOL @ "open wide" hahahahahahahaha

I am so sorry girl, I didn't know it is that bad!

My clients aren't any better trust me! I think next time you should give anyone who visits full anesthesia

November 27, 2007 at 2:47 PM  

Oh!I feel sorry for her bas also you more! poor thing gotta stick your hands in people's mouthes :$

November 27, 2007 at 2:55 PM  

LOL! girl! I love your reply ;)

November 27, 2007 at 2:56 PM  

part of being a doctor/dentist is not only 'fixing' people physically, but fixing their mentality too. You have to reassure them it will be fine, and so on.

Unfortunately this situation doesn't really count as part of it :p

November 27, 2007 at 6:01 PM  

Allah ekoon fe 3onech! :/

November 27, 2007 at 9:25 PM  


wat a conversation !

November 27, 2007 at 9:32 PM  

You won't regret it. Bless you.

November 27, 2007 at 9:47 PM  

Today’s dentists, like other health care professionals, are required to deal with their patients as whole not only focusing on the teeth and the mouth. If I where were you I would’ve phoned the social worker and asked for an advice because this woman is having a serious problem and as a health care professional you should empathize with her. I think trying to help her getting rid of the abuse she is suffering from is far more important than fixing her teeth.

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be rude but I think you have a great responsibility toward your patients.

November 27, 2007 at 11:24 PM  

Shako radaiteha? enty mo msawya shay ghala6! :D

November 27, 2007 at 11:36 PM  

oh God

that's terrible

and what a situation to be caught into

November 28, 2007 at 12:23 AM  

OH MY GOD!! ya3ni ok ehya maskeena kaifha, bas moo kafi u have to drill and fill!! hope you dont have too many of those

November 28, 2007 at 12:30 AM  

awww, apparantly though she is the type that likes to be abused else she wouldn't put up w/ it.

My friend was my dentist (student) in the states and I never minded that since he was excellent.
Unlike others though I liked the dentists' visits, its always like he's doing his thing while I lay there rest and clear my mind. w/ occasional gargaling ofcourse :)
He told me as opposed to a dentist phobia I was a dentist lover, tehre is such a thing?

November 28, 2007 at 10:48 AM  

your a dentist ... finally

am reading your blog months ago , and never thought ur a dentist :D

November 28, 2007 at 10:56 AM  

5osh elly msawya post o NO NO o madry sheNO a5er shy kadeshetich..sawetich sayig, wallah lo ana chan ma awa9ilha takil tiben terkab kafy ma36eha min waqty elthameen..o lo erkibat, wullah adoos feha o abatwin lamma a5leeha til3an elsa3a elly erkobat m3ay o elsa3a elly shift feha her teeth, LoL ;p

November 28, 2007 at 12:37 PM  

i think you have gone beyond the call of duty by driving her home. no doctor has volunteered to drive me home no matter how sick i was or just needed a ride.

but her being late is NOT your fault at all. in the end, what you did for her - to drive her home - is not done really out of guilt but the goodness of your heart.

god bless you, dear friend.

November 28, 2007 at 5:22 PM  

god bless you !!! i know how bad it can be when someone is trying to do their job and someone else is just NAGGIN' on them :D

bs 7aram do you think its true ? that he beats her up ? :(

November 28, 2007 at 5:35 PM  

im definitely not!
thankx sweety

eeeh 7aram kila thalmeena!
yallah ill call u rite after graduation!

if only it were possible!

3ade im so used to blood and saliva now!
dealing with an apprehensive patient is one thing... bs that situation was a total other.
allah kareem!

y3een eljamee3

i know

i hope not

u werent being rude, that patient is well known around the hospital, and believe me everything has been done to help her, its the same story everytime she steps into the hospital

shasawi eksarat kha6re

tell me about it

ashooof 3ajaayeb!!

ur very very rare!
one of a kind!
u r the only person i heard say they like the dentist!
even I hate going to one!!!

yep i am
i try not to talk abt it too much

7araaam 3alaik !
shasawe eksarat kha6re!
ya3ne ana ensana 3nde e7sas oo masha3er!

the prem
u always manage to be so sweet and nice!
may god bless u and ur family!

November 28, 2007 at 5:57 PM  

navy girl
bs she had lots of bruises
and she did seem terrified
allah y3eenha!

November 28, 2007 at 5:59 PM  

God bless you

November 28, 2007 at 7:38 PM  

Damn, I don't think you should leave work and risk having an encounter with her abusive husband while driving her home..unless you know kung-fu or have some drills and knives hidden up your sleeve.

I recommend giving her laughter gas next time to take the sadness away..and to make it more entertaining.

"my husband beats me so much..AAHAHAHA..=(..AAHAHAHA"

November 29, 2007 at 1:19 AM  

so now ur a dentist, a psych & a driver! LOL.. ;p

November 29, 2007 at 10:18 AM  

miskena al lady, but she shouldnt have blame you.

ya 8alby she really made u feel guilty, if i were in ur place i'd feel the same.

allah y3eenik

November 29, 2007 at 1:07 PM  

la wulla, eshqa9dich, ya3ny6 ana mayyit e7sas...6ayib egsy 3lay, mafy a7ad merta7..

November 29, 2007 at 1:19 PM  

If I were a dentist, I'd redesign her whole teeth. Maybe she'll become scary and her husband will think twice before hitting her. :P

November 29, 2007 at 1:49 PM  

Min 9ejha? maskeenaaa some people have so much pain that 9eej they can't take it anymore oo yamshon oo yashkon!
wallah il shakwa lghair allah mathalaa...
oo ba3dain shal rayel ;/ she should leave him!

November 29, 2007 at 4:34 PM  

lmao! wow..I have no issues so my session should be quick:P oh and abusive men should be burned at the stake:D

November 29, 2007 at 5:11 PM  

I think she needed to get it off her chest. Its not ur fault, she should know her husband by now and plan her appointments accordingly, go to marriage counceling or leave this sorry fool. I think its good u dropped her off.

Dentists do A LOT of good for ppl!!!!

November 29, 2007 at 7:09 PM  

ok, so i was browsing some tech websites (what else is new, right?) and i saw this post which reminded me of you!

November 29, 2007 at 8:24 PM  

so u r a dentist too :)

I dealt with that type of patients before

I usually let them talk and postpone the whole tx to another day :S

This type of patients are nice compared to others..I'm sure u know what I mean :/

December 1, 2007 at 6:12 AM  

oh I am a hard patient don't want to deal with me :P

lo that happened to me too..I was wondering what I shall do then...

Hmmm...poor lady...don't you think she was just hmm...shes very simple

each profession has its shit :P get over it lady..u will see worse...!!!
I suggest you just laugh!!

December 3, 2007 at 9:33 PM  

seriously allah e3eenech 3la these kinds of patients !!!
elq80s patinet de3la o 3balhom kelshay eser eb one second ! however ma 3ndehom wa3i and they dont know how to use the toothbrush ! o fog hatha kela eldentist mo 3ajbhom o yet7al6mon...

keep the good work up mate.. and i wish u all the best ya denstistatna :)

December 5, 2007 at 5:58 PM  

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