Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Patient Patient

by Terri Ferran

As I reclined in the exam room chair at the endodontist’s office this morning waiting for my turn under the drill to complete my root canal (one of eight too many), I had a thought I wanted to share before it died of loneliness.

I reflected on being a patient and being patient. As a noun “a person who is under medical care or treatment” I do just fine. As an adjective “bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger or the like” I often fall short.

I concluded we may not be able to change or control what we are (the noun), but we can change or control how we are (the adjective). Fortunately, we are all works in progress and changes can still be made.

On a lighter note, if you’ve ever wondered if you’d rather have a root canal or a poke in the eye with a sharp stick—choose the root canal. I know, I’ve had both; but that is another story.

p.s. thanks to dictionary.com for the definitions of patient!


Tamster said...

Now that you've piqued our curiosity, you'll have to share the sharp stick story with us! :-)

Tamster said...

I don't know, though. That sounds painful and possibly a bit bloody. May not be G-rated! ;-)
Maybe I shouldn't be smiling over that either. :-|

Rebecca Talley said...

My husband always says, "Beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick." You'll have to elaborate.

Anne Bradshaw said...

What's with all these root canals people are getting these days? I think I need two, since getting crowns months ago that have pained ever since. I never used to hear of roots going bad until recently. Are dentists looking for more work, or are roots on the warpath?