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The D word. - helen-louise
The D word.
After quite literally years of fear and procrastination, I have booked an appointment at the fang doctor's. Monday 17th March at 12.45pm, which was the earliest day available when I thought I was likely to be better. (While the d-person is relatively unfussed by germs as the mouth's full of them anyway, it's not worth me going if I'm coughing or sore throaty and can't open my mouth wide enough). Now I just have to get myself there at the appointed time and not freak out (too much).

I would like to be congratulated.

(Of course, I'm now sitting here crying from stress, but that's a step up from complete avoidance.)

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polyfrog From: polyfrog Date: 5th March 2008 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
baratron From: baratron Date: 5th March 2008 17:43 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, from you it means a lot. (As in, you understand the TERROR.)
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 5th March 2008 17:26 (UTC) (Link)

Also, thank you for rescuing a rucksack and bin-bag full of stationery from us.
From: skibbley Date: 5th March 2008 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
Well done booking a pitstop!
purplerabbits From: purplerabbits Date: 5th March 2008 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
taimatsu From: taimatsu Date: 5th March 2008 17:52 (UTC) (Link)
Well done. I too have the fear, though maybe not as bad as you; I have an appointment for the day afer yours. I hope I can get one sooner as front tooth has just collapsed in a heap and given up. Bah!

Very very well done to you.
baratron From: baratron Date: 6th March 2008 00:11 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, it means a lot to hear it from you. Good luck with yours! Collapsed tooth is Not Good - try to give them a call in the morning? (Maybe when your overenthusiastic morning person housemate starts the loud music? Pain in the arse though it is, it can be your Wake Up And Call The Dentist alarm clock.)
redbird From: redbird Date: 5th March 2008 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
Well done, my brave friend.
From: kshandra Date: 5th March 2008 18:13 (UTC) (Link)
Go, you. And were I not eight timezones away, I'd gladly come hold your hand in the waiting room.
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: 5th March 2008 18:15 (UTC) (Link)
As someone with a bad dentist phobia, I am very proud of you.
baratron From: baratron Date: 6th March 2008 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, it means a lot to hear it from you.

I have no specific reason to have dentist phobia - I've had almost entirely good experiences there. (The exception was the NHS orthodontist who wanted to take out EIGHT teeth, and we fixed that by going privately. In the end I had a horrible headgear brace at night for a year, but no teeth removed.) It's more that I have medical phobia in general, and it's manifesting across the whole range. I seem to be almost capable of going to the GP now though, which is a start.
karen2205 From: karen2205 Date: 5th March 2008 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
Well done. I've been avoidant of that d person since 2000/2002 and keep finding 'reasons' why continuing to avoid is better than going to see one.
baratron From: baratron Date: 6th March 2008 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes, the "rationalisations". Those are often the biggest obstacle to overcoming the fears. Well, that and avoidance.

I shall share with you the books I've been using just as soon as sufficient coherence exists to do so.
From: artremis Date: 5th March 2008 18:30 (UTC) (Link)
From: judiff Date: 5th March 2008 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
teefs are cool!
And like looking after them is cool to so Yay!
brooksmoses From: brooksmoses Date: 5th March 2008 18:34 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations, indeed. I know how hard booking appointments for doctors that one's stressed about can be, so good on you for having followed through and dealt with it despite that.
xiphias From: xiphias Date: 5th March 2008 18:35 (UTC) (Link)
My grandfather, uncle, and cousin are dentists, so I don't have that phobia, but, for the same reason, I'm very supportive when people DO work through that phobia!

(The fact that my grandfather is both a dentist AND a clown may explain something about me. . . )
boxofdelights From: boxofdelights Date: 5th March 2008 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
You are brave. That was hard and you did it. In celebration, I am going to make an appointment with the foot doctor.
From: fluffymormegil Date: 5th March 2008 19:02 (UTC) (Link)
barakta From: barakta Date: 5th March 2008 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
Yay. I hope it goes okay.
ailbhe From: ailbhe Date: 5th March 2008 20:47 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations. I do not have a fear of dentists, but on Monday I have to meet a speculum, so I can offer some fellow-feeling of fear, anyway.

I hope your dentist is as lovely as all of mine are.
firecat From: firecat Date: 5th March 2008 21:53 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! I hope it goes well.
nou From: nou Date: 6th March 2008 00:52 (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah for you, and congratulations.
otterylexa From: otterylexa Date: 6th March 2008 04:30 (UTC) (Link)
well done. I really ought to see one myself, I think it's been about 10 years. It's mostly been a lack of spoons, plus fear of being charged $BIG_MONEY in my case, but I did get as far as registering with a local one before my pre-christmas crash.
jinian From: jinian Date: 6th March 2008 04:42 (UTC) (Link)
Good job!
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