I went for my dental cleaning this afternoon. Since missing these appointments can be super expensive later *cough* like a root canal *cough*, I always make time.
I was due for my annual x-rays and the tech person was prepping my mouth for the slides. She put the x-ray cards in my mouth, moved the machine near my face, and on her way to snap the photo, she tripped over the cord…
attached to my mouth.
The cord yanked my face into the machine and, well…
let’s just say there was a lot of blood for a queasy person like myself to handle. The fact that it was MY blood only worsened the situation.
‘Oh my…. Oh my…Oh God’ she said while staring at me wide eyed.
The instant shock from the pain brought a rush of tears to my eyes. She ran for some towels and I held them against my head to stop the blood.
‘Here, let me get you a mirror’ she said, running to the drawer.
‘Nope. Don’t think a mirror is a good call right now’ I said, wiping my head and my tears.
‘Heeeeeeeeeeelp!!!!!!’ she screamed into the hallway.
The room flooded with dental folks. All of them taking turns holding the towel on my head.
My dentist sat rubbing my arm, ‘Is there anything we can do? Anything you need? Do you need an ambulance? Oh geez. I’m so sorry!’
I’ve been sued over an injury (not my fault). I know the sick feeling you have when someone gets hurt – especially in sue happy California. Because of that, you’d pretty much have to lop off a limb to get me to sue you.
‘I’m fine’ I said, still wiping the tears that couldn’t seem to stop.
‘I’m so so so so so so so sorry’ she said.
After the bleeding slowed, she cleaned my teeth – but only after I begged her. She thought the cleaning and a banged head might be too much for one day.
Obviously the bill for her services was waived.
And I got a killer bag full of dental goodies.
Guess who won’t be buying toothpaste for the next century?
Yeah. Almost worth getting my head smacked into an x-ray machine….
or not. Yeeeeeouch!