Many, many, oh heck way to many years ago to keep this up...I worked in a Dental Office as a Dental Assistant to help put my husband through college. Actually I was attending college part-time while working full-time but that is not the point of this story. The point is part of my job wasI had to give dental x-rays to patients. LSU Dental School was never the same after I left their radiology department, I'm afraid. I was fair to middling in this chore. What I hated doing way back when was what was called a Full Mouth set of x-rays. It wasn't the machine that goes all around your heard for the panoramic, no this was putting the film in a patient's mouth all over so we had pictures of all their teeth. A complete set was 36 films. Ugh!
Well, one sad day I had a patient with an extreme gag reflex. This man was rather portly and the going was rough. I'd stop and let him breath deeply, drink some water and we'd keep on keeping on, trying to work our way to the finish line. Now in this office we had a system of lights. Green when the room was open for a patient. Yellow when the patient was in the room and waiting to be treated, red for when he was being treated and white for when we wanted the Dr. to come and review treatment given or release the patient. We did not have anything but our voices for emergency.
Almost at the end of the x-rays all of a sudden the patient started gagging vigorously. Before I new it he was starting to swallow the film! I tried to raise the seat with the electric button but it was moving to slow, wham...I flew him forward with my hand and called for the Dr at the top of my voice. Did I use the light system? Nah, I YELLED, SCREAMED...felt like crying, and called for the Dr. I thought for sure I was killing the patient. The Dr was there in a flash and found the film in the patient's lap. Thankfully when I flew him forward the film flew out of his mouth as well.
The Dr finished the rest of that set...
I wasn't fired.
I hated taking full mouth series x-rays from that day forward.
My husband graduated from college in two years (he'd gone back for a second degree so he had many of the required hours not in his program).
I never worked in a dental office again.
Claudia....this one was for you! Even people working in dental offices can hate part of what they do.