Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New at something: first gold inlay

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? I am spending my Thanksgiving in Orlando with the bestie and we're determined to find pumpkin pie on Thursday. 

Today I tried something new in clinic: gold inlays. In dental school, we do stuff for the very first time on a real person... it's uncomfortable and scary. 

This got me thinking about the whole business of firsts. My first amalgam filling was scary. My first prophy cleaning was scary! And remembering that feeling (while embarrassed: "I was nervous about that?" but still very fondly) is good. It reminds us where we started from. Kind of a silly thing, but I remember when I took my very first plane trip alone. Senior year of high school, visiting colleges. I know I am secretly terrified in those photos at the airport.

And I must say this: I am so so so thankful for having good friends. I called Alex on my way from home to rant about how crazy these inlays are: compared to simple preps, these inlays are on a whole new level. I was able to express my fears and doubts about this dental school thing (Will I ever reach my faculty's level? If not, why even bother?). And the fourth years in clinic who calmed me down, checked up on me, and encouraged me.... I'll spend my whole life paying back all the love I get.

Now, I don't know about you, but Thanksgiving is going to be all fun and no work. I refuse to pick up my work phone at all. My fingers are crossed that my plane does not get cancelled tomorrow!