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Craniofacial appointment was today. The Dandelion Rapist 18 kids; New Mexico 6885 posts
31st Jan '13

For those who have no clue what I am talking about, refer to this thread here for a little bit of the back story.



http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about2435118.html




I never thought I would say this, but my TMJ appointment went amazing.



I happened to walk into an office which is employed by receptionists that were not only friendly but, patient and very informative. I wasn't treated like a patient I was treated like a person.



My nurse was amazing. She explained everything in perfect dumbed down detail for me. She spoke to me like she was a concerned friend. While waiting for my doctor, every couple of minutes she would come in to make sure I was ok, and would always ask if I needed something. The first time she checked on me, she brought in a warmed up Aromatherapy pillow that rests on the backside of your neck and on top of your shoulders.



Dr. Clifford was sensational. He apologized because I had to wait for him a couple of minutes longer than (He thinks) I should have. (I think I waited a total of 10 minutes once the nurse was finished explaining everything to me). He and I also learned that we share a couple of the same theories, which I thought was the neatest thing.



He asked me about my previous Dr. So I told him everything that I posted in the linked thread above. He and his nurse were angry when I mentioned the weight comment. They jokingly asked me if I hit her, then laughed when I told them no because it's a felony to assault a healthcare worker. (He is a funny Dr. I like that).



I spent 2 and 1/2 hours in an office surrounded by people who understand my TMJ, the pain it inflicts, and were genuinely concerned about my level of comfort. They made a mold of my teeth for a splint, and gave me a temporary one until mine comes in in a few weeks.



I wish all doctor's offices were like this. It has been a long time since I have been to a doctor that treats me like a person and a friend, rather than as a patient and an inconvenience because they have others they need to see. They were all absolutely amazing, and I made sure to tell the receptionist, the nurse, and Dr. Clifford that they were.



Thank you for reading. I hope all of you are having an amazing day!

thisunrest India 10364 posts
31st Jan '13

That's awesome:-). It's good to hear stories of doctors and nurses that remember why they got into he field in the first place.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
31st Jan '13

Glad you had a good experience!

The Dandelion Rapist 18 kids; New Mexico 6885 posts
31st Jan '13
Quoting thisunrest:" That's awesome:-). It's good to hear stories of doctors and nurses that remember why they got into he field in the first place."


I am going to name my previous doctor t**t.




I 100% agree. It seems like doctors similar to the one I had seen today are extremely hard to find these days. Dr. Clifford even told me that to get to med school applicants should be required to take an empathy test. When I told him about my previous primary care doctor, Clifford acted as if t**t insulted a close personal friend of his. I think I am more shocked (In a good way) about how well everything went today.

The Dandelion Rapist 18 kids; New Mexico 6885 posts
31st Jan '13
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" Glad you had a good experience!"


It was amazing! :) And I didn't get lost! It was actually my first time driving in Albuquerque, and I did it by myself. Though drivers out here scare me. The seem to really like to change lanes in the intersection. I thought I was going to get hit a couple times.

The Dandelion Rapist 18 kids; New Mexico 6885 posts
31st Jan '13
Quoting Buzz and Almond Joys momm:" Glad you had a good experience!"



By the way, I don't know if I had said it yet, but thank you for giving me the info for your doctor. I will schedule an appointment to get in soon. Seeing as how I am running low on my Citalopram, I don't have any refills on it, and I refuse to go back to Dr. t**t to get one.