Do you ever have little things in your life, that are basically insignificant, but cause you to go into a tailspin?
For those who read my blog, you might have come across the fact that I hate making personal phone calls. I don’t even call my parents if I can avoid it. Text and email work perfectly fine for me.
This morning I had to call my dentist. I’ve been putting it off for a few weeks, but it’s about time that I had another check up, and I LOVE my dentist (read about my last appointment here). So I called and was put on hold right away, no biggie. Then got taken off hold and my throat decided to go into a coughing fit so I put the phone on mute, then hung up and called back. I felt so bad but I couldn’t breathe.
I asked to book an appointment and this new lady on the phone was like “well how about tomorrow?” and I just chuckled and said “Oh, no. I have a few requirements: I need a Friday appointment, after 10 am, and with M”.
Friday’s are my day off, and if I’m going to rent a car and drive to Kitchener, I’m going to want it on my day off so that I don’t have to be rushed and I can squeeze in seeing some friends as well. I’m driving from the far side of Toronto, so I need to make sure that I can get around rush hour on the highway. And M – well, she has been my only hygienist for the last 7-8 years. She is amazing. We have so much in common, and she is such a bubbly person.
This new lady on the phone paused, and quickly said, “Um hold please…” Then I got someone I recognised! She has been there for at least 15 years and knows me well. So I told her my name, and we had a nice little greeting and then told her the requirements for my appointment. She said, “No problems, except M is no longer with us.”
She apparently got an offer for a job closer to her home. I am crushed. I booked in with her best work buddy, who I’ve had before while M was on vacation and whatnot, and who does a great job. But it’s just not the same. She can’t just leave me like that! I literally asked on the phone, “but who is going to clean my teeth now?!” There was literally no other option for me in my mind.
The appointment is in a month since I have to be so specific with my appointment times. This might actually be good. It might persuade me to switch to a dentist which is closer to me. But it’s hard to change things like that. I’ve only been to this one dentist. Well, except for the dentists I saw when I was in Korea. They have literally seen me through my entire life.
Now to change my doctor…the one I am currently registered with is retiring but that’s out where my parents live. I can justify a 45-minute drive to the dentist since most of my friends live in the city, but I can’t justify a 2.5-hour drive for a doctor’s appointment. While I was out yesterday I found a sign saying that a doctor’s office was accepting new patients. So that’s another phone call….which can probably wait for a day or two…