Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren chose the topic of “Remembering Visits to Doctors and/or Dentists.”
This week Lauren would like us to think back to our early medical and/or dental visits.
1. Were doctor/dentist appointments a regular part of your childhood?
As far as I can remember, yes.
2. Did you go for well-checks or just when you were ill or in pain?
Once my permanent teeth came in, my parents took me to the dentist every six months. When I got braces on my teeth, I went to the orthodontist once a month for about two years. I hated that. As far as my pediatrician, I don’t remember routine doctor visits, so I guess it was mostly for illness or injury.
3. Were you frightened by the medical professionals? If so, were there specific reasons?
Not really, but I didn’t like to go to the orthodontist for my monthly adjustments. That caused my mouth to ache for a day or two after each visit.
4. Were your parents afraid of medical professionals?
Not that I recall.
5. Was waiting in the exam room stressful to you?
Not so much stressful as boring.
6. Did your early visits result in your being afraid of needles?
I obviously wasn’t a fan of needles/shots, but I don’t remember being afraid of them. I am certainly not afraid of them today for things like the flu shots or COVID vaccines.
7. Does the sight of your own blood bother you?
Actually, I’m more bothered by sight of other people‘s blood than I am of my own.
8. Did you ever have the need to go to an emergency room?
More times than I care to remember.
9. Did your early experiences impact your current attitudes about medical care?
I suppose so. I still go to the dentist every six months (now that the pandemic has lessened a bit). I also have an annual physical exam from my primary care physician. But when it comes to other health care providers, I only go when it’s absolutely necessary.