Speaking Different Languages

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March 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm

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Female Dental Hygienist (speaking to Male Dentist about me, the patient):

“She’s doing much better. She’s been nursing and I think once her hormones stabilize…”

Male Dentist (interrupting, addressing me):

“Doing better. Good. How’s school treating you…good?”

Me (with foamy fluoride in my mouth, and a little thrown by his question as I’m not in school & made no comments as such):

“Things are going well, I…”

Male Dentist (interrupting, addressing me):

“Good. Good. How much longer do you have in?”

** At this point, I finally realize NURSING = school to him, and that he’s totally not thinking of any alternate meanings, despite my previous request to delay an antibiotic treatment because I was still actively breastfeeding my kiddo. **

Me:

“Actually, no, I am not in school. I work from home and have a 1-year-old.”

The rest of the conversation was that annoying awkward, “How fast can I get out of here without appearing rude?” on the dentist’s part, poor guy. I was hoping the dental hygienist would help draw some crayon lines for him to associate nursing with breastfeeding, but she seemed as thrown as I was.

C’est la vie. I don’t blame the guy… almost all of my time has been with the dental hygienist, not the dentist, so all he has to go on are the tidbits he picks up from the hygienist or other overheard conversations. If you mishear a word or cue in on the wrong meaning, you end up in a dead-end alley wondering what happened.

What’s funny is, now the dentist is probably going to make a mental note to ask how my hormones, nursing or whatnot are doing on Monday when I have a follow-up, and he’ll still be on the wrong page because I authorized the antibiotic treatment today, which effectively forces me to wean Sara (or express my milk for a month while the antibiotics work out of my system.)

Like most women who’ve breastfed for any appreciable length of time (and, if you’re a woman, any length of time *is* appreciable, BTW,) I look upon having to wean Sara today with mixed feelings. The fact is Sara’s been slowly weaning from breastmilk since 7 months, with a big decline at 9 months. She’s had a few upswings in the past month, but I think this is as good a time as any. We’re going to try her on some whole cow’s milk soon, and see how that goes.

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March 6, 2008

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Oh, dang!

Sorry Dr. L. picked up on the wrong cues; he really is the best dentist we (Dad & I) have found in ages and eons!

Maybe I ought to arm you with a copy of my article for Monday – he & his staff seem charmed by the miniatures, and it will send the conversation off in a diferent direction:-)

March 6, 2008

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It’s no biggie. He literally ducked in to look at my chart at the end of my visit. We’ll have plenty of time to talk (as much as I can talk with a numbed mouth and a high speed dental drill going in my mouth) on Monday while he fills my *mumble* seven or so fillings…

March 7, 2008

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To be fair it did take me several minutes to get from “nursing” to “Nursing.” But then.. I got up at 5am.

March 8, 2008

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See, but you got it right — Nursing, as in the career field, is what he assumed, vs. nursing as in breastfeeding, which is a logical follow-on to a woman discussing changes in her hormones “after nursing”. (I’m sure Nursing school is rigorous but I’m pretty sure female nursing students aren’t at a disadvantage so much so that they discuss their hormone issues in relation to their academic success.

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