Thursday, September 2, 2010

Brace for it!

"Yes, she'll get both the top and bottom braces at her next visit."

My mom and the receptionist continue to chat on about insurance and payment.

I feel tired.  I had to interact with a new adult that I really didn't want to meet -- the ORTHODONTIST.  Even though orthodontists are inherently evil, this guy is really nice. Hmmm... maybe my brother is wrong about them...

So tired...

I lean my head up against the wall because I'm so tired. Braces.  I don't want braces.  It's a lot to take in for a twelve-year-old.  But, the appointment itself was humdrum and easy -- tooth impressions, pictures, and lots of explanations.

My head is really heavy.  Why am I so tired? The receptionist gives me a weird look.  I'm trying to listen to what my mom and the receptionist are talking about, but there is this weird buzzing in my ear.  The buzzing gets really loud.  I can't hear anything but the buzzing. They both look at me -- with great concern.

Everything fades out.  The buzzing stops.

Stop staring!

Why is everyone staring at me? And what are they saying? Wait.  Am I on the floor? How did I get here?  It feels like ten people are chattering above my head, but it's probably only 3 -- the receptionist, my mom and the orthodontist.  They try to prop me into a chair, but I faint back down onto the floor again.  Everyone is chattering at me, but I have no idea what they are saying. 

Put me down!

Suddenly, my orthodontist PICKS ME UP.  He is carrying me.  I'm only half conscious, but the entire conscious half of my brain is mortified.  Put me down!  Where am I going?  He takes me all the way through his office to the back -- to his personal office.  Where there is a couch.  And lays me down.  

If I could have stood up without fainting again, I would have ran out of there out of shear embarrassment!  A young tween doesn't get carried by her orthodontist!!??!!  Who faints after getting tooth impressions and pictures taken??? 

Can I leave with half my dignity now?

After they are convinced I will not faint again, I am allowed to leave with my mom.  Unharmed, but thoroughly embarrassed.

I have an upcoming root canal (oh, joy!).  I am having elective IV sedation for the procedure.  I had lots of waivers to sign.  Well, either they sedate me, or I run screaming from the office before the procedure is done.  I think I'll pick choice A for $500 out-of-pocket.  Ouch.
This post is in response to Mama Kat's prompt.  I actually combined and answered 2 prompts:

1.) Childhood fears you’ve taken into your adult life.

3.) Why were you mortified? Write about a true embarrassing moment as though it was happening in slow motion.

Mama's Losin' It


Sippies71 said...

I feel for you. I've had bad experiences with dentists too. Not fainting but fighting with them from too much gas. Good luck with the root canal.

Tarunita said...

I still have my braces on and will have them for next 4 months... I can understand what you must have gone through.

Great post!

Booyah's Momma said...

That's crazy! I bet the orthodontist had never seen that one before. Did you ever figure out why you fainted?

Dawn said...

thanks for the comment on my post today. returning the favor with much heart felt enthusiasm!
Ummm, never had a problem with the dental aspect, but DO NOT ask me to RETURN an item to a store that does not have everything you need for house, family, pets, yard, and car maintenace in one stop.
You know the stores where you pay a small fortune to have their name on your shirt... yeah. I break out in hives ... even if the sales person is a 16 year old pimply faced turnip. Phobias... what ya gonna do?

Lesley said...

Dental work is not very high on my list of favorite things to do, either, but you've got me beat with the fainting.

Stopping over from Mama Kat's. :)

moveovermarypoppins said...

I'm suddenly thankful that in four years (yes four years), I never fainted in the Orthodontist's office.

Found you via Mama Kat's.

Kristen T. said...

Booyah's Momma -- So, after much contemplation and discussions with my mom, the cause of the fainting was "just" nerves. Prior to this appointment, my "wonderful" older brother told me devilish tales of evil orthodonists torturing children. I put on a brave face, but I was terrified.

And my brother was only telling half-lies to pester his sister: my mom had gotten me a different orthodontist after my other brother's did a hack job on him. Really -- you should see his teeth now; the guy should be sued. :O

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