December 6, 2011

Christmas Cards


I've been getting lots of Christmas cards recently.

Most of them are from orthodontists and oral surgeons.

Since being diagnosed with needing the equivalent of mouth transplant, my daughter has acquired the status of a celebrity. So many people are clamoring to get to know her. I've never had so many people want to be my friend either, at least since we last needed a realtor.

I say this half in jest: most of our closest friends in grad school were training to be some variation of dentist.

The latest X-mas card came with a handwritten note from the dentist himself. "I look forward to seeing you soon!" he wrote with an exclamation point.

The man's enthusiasm for my suffering was extremely offensive and so I threw his card in the trash.

"Get over it," my husband keeps telling me.

That's easy for him to say. He doesn't have to live in the presence of all of the samples.

14 comments

Mom of 12 said...

You know, a second opinion would bring you twice as many cards...job security for your mail carrier? You could use them to wallpaper your doghouse...cut them into playing cards for the kids? Throw darts at them? You know a small investment in a bottle of whiteout and you wouldn't have to buy any cards to send out this year...
Sandy

Rudd Family Circus said...

I had to have jaw surgery when I was a freshman in college and the guy told me after it was all done at a follow up appointment that my face helped pay for his latest Mexican cruise....I was so happy for him.

CK said...

I also have 4 kids and know how expensive "everything x4" becomes. We havent had any dental issues or need for orthodontia yet (luckily! my oldest is 10, so who knows how long that will last) but I can just about imagine all of the time and money I will spend in the offices of certain medical professionals. I think you recently wrote you were sure you were funding someone's vacation house or something along those lines and I feel like that might be me soon. Trips to the dentist are already a nightmare, even though we've never had cavities (crossing my fingers for continued luck in that area). But a trip for all 4 in a day can easily take 3-4 hours and isnt that cheap.

I wore braces for about 2 years and I'm sure it cost my mom a small fortune. I'm afraid to think about how I'm going to pay for 4 potential kids in braces. Luckily my older 2 have pretty awesome teeth so far. My younger 2 are die-hard thumb suckers, so you can imagine the work they will potentially need because its absolutely messed with their teeth in a few ways.

But that dentist and his exuberance for seeing you (aka getting your money) seems a little bit over the top LOL

AnnieDubs said...

If I got a card from the dentist saying, "I hope your year brings as few visits to me as possible," I would be their patient for life.

Nicole said...

I know how it feels on both sides, I have 3 kids who will all probably need major orthodontic work AND my husband is in Dental school. Just so you know, even the teachers in dental school all have different opinions about what the students patients need. It drives my husband crazy! It all depends who is teaching that day. So I say get a second opinion about the ortho, hey, maybe you could try a dental school:-)

Anonymous said...

My Family Dentist happens to be my Bishop at church.... yeah...

Whitney and AJ said...

um, whats your picture of?? #confused..

Anonymous said...

Whitney and AJ - I don't get it either.

Strange, but expected.

Emily said...

I was coming to ask the same thing. Glad I'm not the only one with no idea what the picture was.

Leslie said...

Ooh, I'll make a guess!

It's their hardwood samples, the ones they don't get to decide between because they're getting braces instead.

Hooray!

AlsoMean said...

thank you Leslie!

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Miriam said...

Funny story......you are not alone. Not the best time of year to remind you of more money that you will have to spend. You will probably get some more on your birthday so be prepared.
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