September 1, 2010

when i arrived home yesterday evening, i felt like a 9-year-old laptop computer — slow, unreliable, and intermittently malfunctioning. my gums/teeth were throbbing from a painfully thorough dental cleaning, and i just didn’t want to face the kitchen or my study materials.

i needed one long night of serious shutdown — and i got my wish! approximately 10 hours of sleep later, i feel much better. my alarm was set for its usual wake-up call (5:00 am), so you can do the math regarding my indulgent (maybe slightly ridiculous) bedtime.

it worked! i feel like i went from this:

to this:

remember formspring?
remember the formspring craze? several months ago, these anonymous question-boards popped up all over the blogosphere, only to disappear just weeks later. i certainly participated in the trend, and found it interesting to see what questions people had when they knew no one could identify them.

last night, someone must have been perusing the archives, because two questions popped up out of the blue!

question #1: “How annoying are the teenagers? Does it irritate you to see a 16/17 year old when there are 2 year olds waiting?”

i actually like seeing teenagers — more than 2-year-olds most of the time, anyway! during your average clinic appointment, teenager are much less likely to start bawling and throw a tantrum on the examination room floor, making it nearly impossible for mom to hear (or process) anything you might have to say to her.

no, in all seriousness, there are plenty of reasons to find various patients/parents annoying, but i try really hard to fight these instinctive negative feelings and instead at least attempt to see things from where they are coming from. that said, the patients who rub me the wrong way tend to be either ones who

a) don’t want to hear what you have to say (ie, they have come here for a DIAGNOSIS and to have all of their problems SOLVED and if there doesn’t seem to be an endocrine answer, then you have failed them)


b) don’t seem to want to take responsibility for their child’s health (letting your obese 4 year old continue to guzzle sweet tea OR allowing your 12 year old type 1 diabetic to live constantly on the edge of DKA are both forms of neglect, as far as i’m concerned).

so, in conclusion — no, adolescents don’t annoy me. after all, they are just as likely to have an endocrine issue that needs attention (perhaps more?) than your average 2 year old! also, luckily our clinics are staffed well enough that there doesn’t tend to be a big buildup/backlog of waiting patients. that would happen with my primary care clinic all the time and it drove me crazy! nothing like walking into a patient room where mom is already pissed at you for having to wait with her brood of highly energetic toddlers for the past 60 minutes.

question #2: “Is it supposed to be possible to see your answers to formspring questions on formspring itself or are they always posted to your blog? At this point it seems to be impossible to see the answers on the website itself.”

i think some people have it set up so that the writer can post answers on the page, but mine is not set up that way. i guess i figured if one person has that question, perhaps there are others wondering the same thing, so might as well write about it in a post!

anyone else have anything to throw into the formspring pot? looks like it still works!



workout: 35 minutes elliptical + 20 minutes full-body weights circuit

the dinner that wasn’t: i snacked on some pita chips & hummus upon arriving home from the dentist’s office only to find that the crunchy edges hurt my recently ravaged mouth.

i was going to get some TCBY and call it dinner, but even that proved to be too much hassle and i ended up passed out on the couch. on rare occasions, sleep > eating — and i guess last night was just one of those nights!


  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I hate getting my teeth cleaned but since my mom works at a dental office, she is always on my case about it. I don&#39t know how they always manage to make my teeth hurt so much but I guess they figure out a way :-P. And I never seem to be flossing well enough (ok now I&#39m sounding bitter lol).

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I had one of those nights last night. I&#39m glad you were able to catch up on sleep and feel human again.

  • Reply Becky March 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    The other night when I got home from work my family asked if I wanted to go out for ice cream. It&#39s probably may favorite thing ever, but I so tired that I skipped out. You are right. Sometimes sleep trumps food. Glad you were able to get some good snooze time and recharge!

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