Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Anti-Dentite

I'm an Anti-Dentite. I'll admit it not only to you, but the first time I met my dentist I made it clear to him, as well. I'm not ashamed. I'll proclaim it loudly. I'm terrified of the dentist. I need a strong sedative just to get my teeth cleaned and don't even talk to me about fillings.

Yesterday, my son and I both had dentist appointments. He had his first cavity filled and I had my teeth cleaned. (It was a traumatizing day and The Pastor didn't provide nearly enough sympathy for me.) Before the appointment, I was trying to muster up the courage to tell my son that "Going to the dentist is fine. It's no big deal." Yeah, right. The advice I really wanted to give him was...

"RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!"

Anyway, he got his first filling and things went extremely well. He walked out of there like he'd been at a party. I, on the other hand, after meticulously brushing and a serious (though not very consistent) effort to floss, wound up needing not only a filling, but a crown. What is up with that?!

I had myself quite a little pity party for the rest of the evening, convinced that it's not fair that I put out the genuine effort and still I must endure a painful process. But why should I be surprised? After all (in the words of Steven Curtis Chapman) God is God and I am not. Doesn't the sovereignty of God also apply to the dentist chair? Doesn't he know what's best for me in EVERY aspect of life? Do I believe he's working ALL things for my good according to his purpose...even my dental health?

I suppose I need an attitude adjustment in this area, so I'll try to let God be God in my whole life and quit with the whining. But it doesn't change the fact that I'll need a strong combination of Nitrous Oxide and Xanax to get through my next appointment....

3 comments:

Kelly H-Y said...

Great post, Cari! :-) Anti-dentite ... where have I heard that?! Was that on a Seinfeld episode?! If not, it should have been! Very funny!

CariJ said...

Kelly,

You're right! In the post, the word Anti-Dentite is a link. Click it to see the orginal Seinfeld clip!

Amy said...

Funny, I was thinking the same thing yesterday after my dentist appointment! I have a great dentist, don't get me wrong, but I just hate sitting in the chair for 2 hours to get my teeth cleaned! I sit there and get to thinking of all the things I need to do or the things I'd rather be doing. I mean really! If I'm going to be out and about without kids...I want to do something FUN!

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