Doctors and Dentists

This week’s prompt is: Remembering Visits to Doctors and/or Dentists

These are the questions that Lauren has asked us;

1) Where doctor/dentist appointments a regular part of your childhood?

Only when we needed to go. My father wanted to become a doctor when he was young and couldn’t, so he had read up a lot about different illnesses and would doctor us himself, that’s until it becomes obvious that his treatments weren’t working!

2) Did you go for well-checks or just when you were ill or in pain?

It was the later! Only when we ‘had to’

3) Were you frightened by the medical professionals? If so, were there specific reasons?

No I never was frightened of the doctors and was studying to be one.

4) Were your parents afraid of medical professionals?

Not afraid, but reluctant to go themself or take us in for a routine exam.

5) Was waiting in the exam room stressful to you?

Not that I remember. We all three older siblings went together and would amuse ourselves.

6) Did your early visits result in your being afraid of needles?

No, I never was afraid of needles. And when I was studying medicine, I couldn’t understand people being afraid of an injection or blood being drawn.

7) Does the sight of your own blood bother you?

It did when I was younger but not anymore. Though the sight of any of my kids bleeding makes me upset.

8) Did you ever have the need to go to an emergency room?

In college, I had an injury to my right knee and had to visit the emergency. It turned out to be a torn meniscus and I needed to have it removed a year later. That was my first surgery in general anesthesia. I went on to have three more knee surgeries later. One to remove another torn meniscus from my right knee and two for total knee replacements. I’ve had many more surgeries and am planning to have another one this summer to fix the pain in my left ankle. You can say that I’m not afraid of taking care of my health issues even when it involves an operation under GA!

9) Did your early experiences impact your current attitudes about medical care?

Yes, it made me want to be a doctor and help other people. When I was studying medicine, there were very few female surgeons in Pakistan and I wanted to be one. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.

10) My nightmare dental experiences;

I won’t go into much detail about my dental experiences since my teens. Suffice to say that I’ve had root canal treatments without anesthesia which made me hate going to the dentist for a long time. Due to my thyroid disease, I’ve had issues with my teeth since my teens and had to go to the dentist since then. Now I’ve found a great dentist who has installed 4 implants in my mouth and has done many other procedures. I’ve no complaints regarding him.

In response to Throwback Thursday, hosted by Lauren and Maggie



29 thoughts on “Doctors and Dentists

  1. I took myself to Emergency once. My leg had become swollen for no obvious reason. After almost half a day waiting in the Emergency it turned out to be onset arthritis in that knee joint.

    I had a root canal…I had local freezing to the area. I could not fathom that procedure without some kind on anathesia!

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  2. Thanks for joining in Sadje. Root canals are awful without the right dentist. I feel your pain.
    It is obvious that you would have been a great doctor. It sure seems like it was a “calling” for you.

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  3. I started growing up with an overbite, that’s when the lower teeth are in front of the top ones. From a very young age until my early teens I wore braces with had to be regularly adjusted to get them the right way around. It was a success but I’ve hated going to the dentist ever since!

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  4. That root canal with no pain meds sounds awful. They are bad enough with them. I had bad teeth even with dental visits, and finally had to get dentures.
    At least with your medical background you do have knowledge of some procedures, which probably helps understand what the Dr. is talking about. 🙂

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  5. Doctors have never really bothered me, but they did my Mom. And she avoided them as much as she could and worse still, would tell the doctor she was fine when she wasn’t just to avoid tests. And I don’t ever remember her seeing a dentist. My dad was fine with both.

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