Tuesday, April 2, 2019

IWSG: How a Routine Dental Exam Led to Hoof & Mouth Disease


It's time for another edition of the  Insecure Writer's Support Group Be sure to visit Alex J. Cavanaugh  and the rest of the talented bloggers who are always willing to lend a helping hand.

                   How a Routine Dental Exam Led to Hoof & Mouth Disease

I was looking forward to a thorough teeth cleaning, when the dental hygienist caught me off guard. After she prepped me with an oversize bib and goggles; likening the contents of my mouth to a crime scene, she paused to ask me a very inappropriate question:

"Didn't you used to have a serious illness?"

I told her that I still have a serious illness.

Then she said, "Oh, well I remember you lost a lot of weight, but it looks like you gained it all back."

When I explained that I probably lost about 10 pounds and gained five back, she covered by adding that I looked much healthier now.

Thank goodness I floss religiously, or she would've let me know how she really felt.

Needless to say I was not pleased. I wanted to tell her off, but I was too busy rinsing and spitting.

The next day I relayed the story to someone on the dialysis staff.

She thought for a moment before asking, "So you get weighed when you go to the dentist's office?"


  1. Those were pretty weird comments for a teeth cleaning. I always dread mine, but for other reasons.

  2. Who tells someone they have gained weight? That's not nice.

  3. Professional chit-chat is not what it used to be.

  4. Wow. Well, I am speechless, just like when my friend recently told me that her dad (who recently was moved to a memory care unit) said, to her "I hardly recognized you, you gained so much weight."

  5. And that's why I like to wear headphones when I go to the dentist.

  6. Yikes! That was just outright rude. I hate going to the dentist.

  7. Natalie - Yes, going to the dentist is never fun, but at least I got a blog story out of it! Thanks Natalie!

    Alex - Her intentions were good, as she thought she was complimenting me. Apparently she was on a strict diet, so maybe she just needed to eat something. Thanks for hosting another wonderful IWSG, Alex!

    Debra - You hit the nail right on the head! Thanks Debra!


  8. Rhonda - Oh no! Your friend must’ve been beside herself. Hopefully, she cut her dad a little slack given his condition. Thanks Rhonda!

    LD - This is a perfect solution that could’ve saved a lot of aggravation. I’ll be sure to try it next time. Thanks LD!

    Connie - At first I thought it was quite rude too, but I also found the humor in it. There was some satisfaction in sitting back quietly while she tried to take her foot out of her mouth. Thanks Connie!


  9. OMG, glad I don't go to your dentist. I'd ask for a different hygienist.

  10. Diane - Something tells me she won’t make that mistake again. Now if my teeth start falling out that”s a different story! Thanks Diane!


  11. Yikes! Going to the dentist is usually awkward, but that sounds particularly so.

  12. Nick - Funny, I ran into an old friend today who told me that I looked like I lost weight, so things have a way of evening out. Though my teeth cleaning was awkward, exams where I have to change into a gown top the list. Thanks Nick!


  13. She stepped way out of place. Unless she felt there was a serious issue with your teeth, then she should have found something else to talk about.

    1. Susan - True, but I still thought it was a funny story. Thanks Susan!


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