Today is the day! Today is the day I get the second half of my teeth sparkling clean! This is going to be a breeze. Compared to my first cleaning experience and tooth extraction, today should be a piece of cake! Um, at least it was supposed to be that way!
I am brave! I am fearless! I am going to the periodontist by myself! My beautiful wife will stay at home taking care of business while I alone venture forth bravely to face the periodontist and all his instruments of torture! I can do this; I am fearless!
What am I doing? I must be nuts!
I arrive at the periodontist office at about 9:40 or so for my 10 AM appointment. I want to be early in case they can get me in and out early. I have another chiropractor visit today at Noon, so I’d like to get this simple operation done and be able to go to my Noon appointment.
Boy! How naive and unprepared was I for this day!
First thing, I couldn’t get the door to the periodontist office to open! I pushed on the handle and it wouldn’t budge. I thought, oh, surely they open before 10:00 AM but who knows about this place. They have some strange hours. Anyway, as I stood there looking at the door lock, I kept telling myself that it was just too hot already this morning to stand out here waiting for another 20 minutes so I did what any normal person would do, I tried to open the door again!
Well, they must have came and unlocked it because this time it opened right up! Stupid door handle!
So, I walk in and I see the receptionist. She says, “Hello. The periodontist is running a little late today so we’ll get to you as soon as possible.”
“Ok!”, I said, “I’m early anyway.” I said this without any trembling in my voice or anything.
So now I wait. There are no magazines that I want to read on the coffee table. I don’t think any of the magazines were printed in this century anyway! If history buffs every wanted to find historical records all they would ever need to do is look in a doctor or dentist office. They keep magazines, especially National Geographic magazines for 300 years on their coffee tables. I know.
So I’m waiting some more. My appointment is at 10:00 AM. It’s now 10:10 and I’m still waiting! There hasn’t been anyone else come into the office nor anyone leave since I got here. It’s now 10:20 AM and I’m still waiting. If there’s one thing I have, that’s patience. I can usually wait for anything if I have to, some times. It’s now 10:30 AM and no one has even looked at me since I came in. By rights, I should have just left and had them re-schedule when it was convenient for me but I have a hunch that it never would have been convenient!
Because I left my wonderful Wife at home, I, myself, cannot go home without getting my teeth cleaned. There is no way in the world that I could convince her that they just kept me waiting too long! I’m stuck here for ever if that’s how long it takes!