A True Empathizer

Sometimes Verymom has a post that I just love and laugh over. I’m glad she seems to have moved past her poop posts. A recent post describes and illustrates a t-shirt I’d like to have made for Daria when she was pregnant. The shirt is perfect to a “t” (pun not intially but now intended). Says Verymom Everyone else on the planet has these nice, normal pregnancies where they maybe feel a little nauseated once or twice and then magically feel better when the second trimester rolls around. So much better, in fact, that they exercise and go to prenatal Yoga classes. They look amazing and wear designer maternity clothes…They glow like I always thought a gestating woman should and even enjoy the fabled incredible pregnancy sex with their...

Dylan’s Basketball

Dylan has now played in two basketball games this season with about 6 practices and seems to be enjoying his teammates and coaches. I like the coaches right now too. They play balanced lines and the league seems structured to change lines every 5 minutes or so by the referrees whistle. Dylan is learning and his court movement is improving each game. He’s got defense down pretty good and covers his man well. We are working on building Dylan’s killer instinct to rush the boards for rebounds. He is also a pretty good dribbler, though he plays forward so doesn’t handle the ball too much in games. He knows how to protect the ball and makes wise passes. It is incredibly weird to be sitting on the sidelines of your son’s basketball games instead...

Someone’s Pregnant

Someone I know is pregnant and I’m so excited for her! I’m not sure if she has had the opportunity to tell everyone she would like to but I just want to say how excited I am and congratulations! Obviously this isn’t Daria I’m talking about. If this someone happens to read this entry anytime soon I’d love to publish the expecting mother’s name for all to read. At lunch several classmates asked if Daria and I were finished having kids. I told them that we are on hold. We don’t really know if we are done, but our family does feel comfortably adequate in size and personalities right now. I love my kids so soo much that having another one to love doesn’t seem like an unthinkable concept. Of course we have no little girls...

Getting Worked

My parent’s are in town this weekend, and it is so great to have them here. I just enjoy being around them doing whatever. This morning my Mom really really wanted to keep up her workout schedule. Not wanting to miss out on any of the trip, she wanted someone to come with her. I volunteered and my Mom led us through one of her “light” workouts. Wow. If I worked out like that every day, let me tell you, I might actually look like Tom Cruise. It felt so good to get my muscles really working. I need a good workout routine planned by someone. This summer would be an ideal time to get in to shape and put on some pounds (don’t hate me). Again, I’m so impressed with my Mom. She’s totally gorgeous and people think my kids are hers. Craz

Dentistry Roundup

I had a great week ‘at the office,’ so to speak, having some real satisfying experiences, I’ll recount them backwards. This morning I extracted two teeth from an older gentleman. He had an involved medical history which I was able to assess correctly in terms of dental management. I also coached a classmate with her extraction which was enjoyable. Immediately afterward, I had a denture patient scheduled. We typically only see 1 patient in the morning so I was pleased when I booked his arrival almost to the minute. I delivered an upper complete and lower partial denture and it fit well with almost nil adjustment, which we will assess in a week. There are several steps and appointments in fabricating and planning a denture, so when it works out...

Criticism

I’ve been trained in critical thinking in a variety of ways-schooling, teaching, employment, etc. I also have a tendency to dish out criticism. I try to give positive feedback as well, or make it constructive and not demeaning; depending on who you are I might lighten up the tone or just deliver it straight up. Sometimes I’m extra nice about it but probably never as nice as some would like me to be. I’m sure a few of you are having some flashbacks and probably mostly of times when I was less than delicate in my opinions. All too often in the interest of time (or when I have no sense of patience or tact) I just cut to the chase and deliver my criticism with brevity and force. I love and hate this quality that I have developed. I like being able...

Like Pulling Teeth

I’m officially addicted to pulling teeth! That’s right everyone I got to extract two wisdom teeth this morning, one maxillary and one mandibular (upper and lower jaw)- and it was so much fun. My patient was extremely nervous, and scared about the procedure, even crying before a glove was put on. I felt total empathy for her, and we tried to calm her down with reassurance and confidence telling her they weren’t difficult teeth etc. We decided that laughing gas (nitrous oxide and oxygen) would be indicated for her so that was good to experience as well. I’m not sure how much it helped as she was fairly worked up. But like a trooper she held out till the end. We extracted three wisdom teeth in total (another student yanked the other one) over...

Table Clinic

This Tuesday evening I’ll be presenting the results of my research comparing Oral B Brushupsâ„¢ to regular toothbrushing. If you haven’t heard of these they are basically a “textured teeth wipe” that slips over your finger. Oral B has a hip flash website aimed at convincing the young singles crowd as to their potential uses. Basically if your on the prowl for a date you want to be carrying one of these in your pocket. How did they fair? Surprisingly better than we thought. After abstaining from any oral hygiene for 24 hours, we compared plaque levels before and after on 4 surfaces for every single tooth in 12 participants. Overall toothbrushes removed 83% of the plaque while Brushups removed 73%. On the outside surface of the teeth the...

Baby Blessing

This SundayApril 24th we will be blessing our youngest son Noah in our weekly Sacrament meeting (9:30 am). It is a wonderful event for a family to bond around as a young child is given a name and priesthood blessing, and added to the records of the church. This is one of many special ordinances performed throughout a mortal’s life. A short five paragraphs on mormon.org outlines just a few such sacred and meaningful times. I’d love to explain further to anyone who might have questions about Noah’s blessing or other faith-based questions. Of course everyone is invited-email or add a comment for directions times etc. I will be performing the blessing, guided by the still small voice—the Holy Spirit—and accompanied by other close...

What does it take?

I’m going to be interviewing candidates for next year’s crop of dental students; an instructor and I will sit down with a few individuals and try and score their responses. The interview isn’t all they have to do to get into dental school but it is an important component. I’m interested to find out what instructions they give us before hand as to how to interact and rate these nervous dentist-wannabe’s. I remember my interview experience. I’ll post that interesting memory sometime soon. What qualities, achievements, personality etc. do you think a person should have to get into the dental profession? What do you look for in your own dentist?