Funny Story of the week
One day I answered the phone to help Daisy as she was busy on the other line. Immediately on the other end, a patient asked, "Dr. Vu?"
Me (surprised someone recognized my voice so quickly): Hello?
Patient: Dr. Vu? Is that you?
Patient: Maybe, Dr. Vu?
Me (recognizing the voice now): Yes, maybe Dr. Vu
Patient: It's me, David.
Patient: Yes, David. Maybe, David?
Me: What? (smiling now)
Patient: No, wait. It's not maybe. It's definitely David.
Me (laughing): What?
Patient: It's definitely David. I need to see you soon.
Me: Okay, when can you come in?
Patient: After lunch.
So the patient came in after lunch, sat down in the chair to show me his concern then turned to me and said, "Okay Maybe Dr. Vu, I'm Definitely David..."
So funny. I have some of the funniest patients. I think I will have to call him Definitely David from now on. He has been my patient for over a decade. We have a long history together. A few years ago, he said some people have cigarette addition, alcohol dependency or waste their money on junk. Him, he just lacks proper dental hygiene at home so his "vice" is to pay me to clean his teeth every 2 months. Therefore, it's a "good" bad habit to have. Also, it's a good excuse not to floss or keep up with nightly home care (according to Definitely David.) Silly guy. here to edit.
Today we had a young man with a broken heart come in. His cheerful demeanor was a distraction to his sunken heart. Our normal cordial exchanges took place and something was admist. As I laid him back to start my exam, tears started to well up in his eyes. Slowly, he closed them only to let one run down quickly to his cheek. I stopped for a second. Not wanting to make the obvious evident, I continued my exam calling out the pocket numbers and anything else I would see. As I was only half way done, a smile suddenly came across his face as I took another moment before proceeding again. I couldn't help but asked what he was thinking.
His reply left me laughing so hard I couldn't continue for a few minutes.
He said, "For some reason, Dr.Vu calling out the numbers is so soothing."
Bobbie: It's probably not her voice but just a sound of a woman's voice being so gentle and not screaming at you is soothing.
We all laughed. Of course I couldn't be soothing anymore. I gave him a hug before I continued. Another tear followed the release of my arms. As an older sister, I reminded him to always try to be kind even to mean people. When he finally left, he was thankful for the 2 hours of therapy and support, along with some dental treatment.
Our patients are like family to us. We know them for so long that we exchange stories and information throughout the years. When one is hurt, we all gather to form a pillar of support. This is why our little office is so unique. We embrace all kinds of pain and will help you work through it slowly. We will also find a song to sing to cheer you up. The singing may not be good but the intention is pure love and greatness.
Last weekend my family was asked to foster 3 weeks old puppies. As my youngest had been asking for a dog, we thought fostering would be a good option in lieu of actually getting a dog. It's a win-win for everyone. So we got these two little ones. They are sweet. They comfort each other and play together nicely. I'm looking for a nice stable home for these little guys. They will be returned to the humane society if I can't find someone for them. My hope is not to have them stay at the shelter as they are so young. It could be intimidating for young pups at the shelter. I also hope someone can take them together so they don't have to be separated and be alone. They're joyful now, I would like for them to remain that way. So, if you are interested in adopting these little guys, please let me know. I will help you get all the adoption papers done.
FYI...there are more dogs out there who could use a loving home. Please visit www.hssv.org to see all your options.