Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Hygienist's High

This might not seem like a big deal to most of you, but something amazing happened today.  About six months ago I saw a 51 yr old patient who had 8 localized areas of  4-5mm pockets depths.  This means he had some localized areas of gingivitis.  As I do with all my patients I explained to him what this meant, how it is a big deal, and finally what he can do to arrest or reverse his gingivitis.  What I didn't expect was his concerned reaction.  Dr. Loftus told me that he always overreacts, but he seemed genuinely concerned with this new information. 

Well, as I said earlier he came back today.  The first think he said to me was, "I hope my gingivitis is gone, I've been 'C-shape flossing' everyday just like you told me to!"  Surprisingly there was only one interproximal area of 4mm pockets!  The best part about all of this was how excited my patient was.  He really cared about improving his oral health.  I helped and educated a patient who actually listened and changed. It happened, just like all my professors said it would. Oh the thrills of being a hygienist :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

24 sounds so much older than 23

I'm only a year older, but now when people ask me how old I am I have to say 24.  I know 24 isn't old, but it sounds a lot older than 23.  Some ages just sound older than others, like how 21 sounds so much older than 20, and how 50 sounds a lot older than 49.  So it's official...I'm 24, not 23..and there's nothing I can do about it.  Even though I had to work it was a great day.  The girls I work with treated me to Cheesecake Factory, and Sean made me a delicious steak dinner.  After dinner Sean invited some friends and family over for cake and ice cream.  It was a great day!

Our apartment is pretty small, I was was worried not everyone would fit but they did!

Sean did a great job decorating 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cruise to the Bahamas!

It's official!  I've booked our cruise to the Bahamas for October 25th-29th.  We're so excited!  I really wanted to go to the Bahamas for our honeymoon cruise, but going to Mexico just worked out better because we had a reception in California.  We wanted to go for our 2 year anniversary, but it turns out I have to book my vacations six months in advance because patients schedule their recall appointments 6 months out.  But, it will be for our 2 1/2 year anniversary instead :)