Bird Almost Gets Hustled Today

This morning I woke up with the most horrible toothache ever. I couldn’t even think clearly, it hurt so bad. Chef had set up an appointment for himself, but he kindly gave me his appointment, and off to the dentist I went.

Now, I hate going to the dentist. I have a whole separate case of PTSD from a dental visit when I was 16. My mom had decided to save some money by taking me across the border to MexicoΒ to have a tooth pulled. The

Medieval dentist removing tooth
Medieval dentist removing tooth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

dentist made some bad errors, and I ended up screaming in pain, and later had to get some of the tooth pulled in the States because he had failed to pull all of it out. On top of that, I ended up with a bad infection…wonder how that happened???

The result of that trauma is that I only go to the dentist when the pain is so bad it outweighs my fear…like today.

This is a new dentist to me, and I have to say I was very unimpressed. My appointment was at 1:30pm, but I was to get there at 1:00pm to fill out paperwork. I filled out my paperwork in less than 10 minutes. I tried handing my paperwork in to the receptionist, but she waved for me to just set it there on the counter. I didn’t think much about this at first, but even when she was off the phone, my paperwork with all my private information just sat there for the world to see, while patients kept going up to the counter. Finally, I had to tell them to put the paperwork down where everybody and God couldn’t see it. They were polite about it, apologizing for the oversight.

An hour later, I was still waiting, and no one had mentioned anything to me about why they were running so late. My pain-killer was wearing off, so I went up to the receptionist and asked her what time they were planning on seeing me. Her answer kind of threw me off. She indicated that they had decided to have an impromptu staff meeting, and that they would get to me when they could. Now, that is not okay. She apologized for the wait, and then launched into a diatribe with another patient about the importance of showing up for his appointments on time…If he was more than 15 minutes late, he would be charged for the visit and would have to reschedule to be seen by the doctor. I just made eye contact with the receptionist as she said that, and she quickly looked away. Hardly seems fair to be so strict with your patients when you aren’t living up to your own expectations, huh?

An hour and a half later, the dentist finally saw me. He was very charming, and I felt somewhat shuffled through the process. He informed me that he would give me some medications to get rid of the infection, and if I qualified for credit, they’d reschedule me to come in and get the work done that I needed. Then, hurting even worse because of his poking and prodding, I was escorted into the finance room where I had to fill out a credit application. No one had even discussed with me what needed to be done, much less any prices yet. It was at this point that I told the finance guy that I needed to know how much of this my dental insurance covered. His answer: we don’t take insurance. Now, why did they need a copy of my insurance card if they don’t even take insurance??? I wasn’t pleased about that at all, as it seems kind of deceitful to me…There are no signs anywhere indicating that they don’t accept any form of insurance, but making a copy of an insurance card that they obviously don’t accept….that is plain, old lying, in my opinion.

I let the guy know that I appreciated all they had done for me today, but that I was probably going to find a dental office that accepted insurance. He said he understood, then quickly told me that I had pretty red hair, and that he couldn’t believe I had three grown children. The change in the conversation was so random, I was caught off guard, and all I could say was thank you. Then, he asked me the next question on the credit form!!! He was trying to make me so giddy with his compliments, I wouldn’t notice we were still filling out the credit application!! I politely asked for the form and let him know that I would talk with my husband about this and we’d get back with him. Wow!! It’s been a while since I’ve been hustled!!!

I have to say kudos to that office, though. The last time I dealt with this sort of sleazy salesmanship, I was buying a used car!!

I did get the medicines filled though, and now I’m feeling no pain… πŸ™‚ We’ll call that little experience worth it…

πŸ™‚ Β Bird

 

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Author: Catherine aka "Bird"

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43 thoughts on “Bird Almost Gets Hustled Today”

    1. Luckily, I have a fantastic doctor…Maybe I’ll ask him to refer me to someone. He knows what a weirdo I am about trusting my doctors…

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  1. Doctors just want to scam people. It is all about the money. Are you familiar with Mike Adams and his natural news website? It is awesome stuff, I think you would like it. I got my blog up about “The Two Sabbaths” and I have had my largest amount of views to date. God has blessed me for sure. I hope you get to feeling better.

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    1. Thank you, James. Congratulations! I still haven’t caught up with all of my regulars..you included, but I’m getting there. I’ll try to hit your tonight.

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  2. This is unacceptable. We have left competent doctors because of waiting periods. We always ask ahead of time if the office accepts our insurance.

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    1. Chef had picked these people out from our insurance website, or so I thought…I have an awesome doctor…now I need to find an awesome dentist!

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  3. Once when I couldn’t get my daughter into her regular dentist, we went somewhere else. She was in there forever and I finally had to say something. She was just suppose to get her teeth cleaned. An hour and a half later and they hadn’t even done that. ! I felt a little not nice, but we just left. They were telling her she had 3 cavities too . .. but when she got back into her dentist, they couldn’t find any. hhhmmm. haha! So thankful God watches over us. And Bird .. you do have nice hair. teehee!

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    1. lol…I have learned the value of finding a good doctor and sticking with him/her. I’m going to do the same with the dentist!
      Let me tell you how awful my hair was today. My tooth had been hurting me all night, enough for me to wake up from my sleep in night sweats. When it hit full on capacity in the morning, my hair got a quick brush through — no washing. It was a big, frizzy mess…..Salesman overplayed that hand, because my hair looked like crap…But you are just a sweetheart to say that.. πŸ™‚ (I don’t owe you money, do I?…lol, jk)

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  4. Yep. Lovely hair, for sure.
    I might know a dentist you would like . . . not sure what your requirements are.
    And I have elected not to have dental work done, then gone to another dentist to be told it was not necessary. I mean, I was supposed to have gotten a filling where I later did not have a cavity. Figure.

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    1. I know that I have at least 3 teeth that need to be pulled. They are severely broken so that is no mystery. Today, now that the pain is under control, I’ll be finding a dentist that I can trust…

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      1. Oh, ours is trustworthy, but he would refer you. He says, “I’m not well-equipped enough to handle the big stuff, just simple maintenance.” He does fillings and crowns, will pull some, but others not. In other words, he knows his limits and will not leave you with infection or parts of teeth.
        Trustworthy.
        But you need someone with bigger guns. Sorry.
        He would be happy to refer you,though. And he has a sweet personality.

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  5. Bird, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine blogger award. I remember that you’ve won awards before, so you may already have this one. Either way, you know the drill. And, I’m happy to direct some of my readers your way.

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  6. Wow, so at turns unprofessional, slimy, scary! Hope your mouth is feeling better, Bird. Thank you for the reminder of caution– we trusting people need to be so careful sometimes. Too bad. : )

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    1. Yesterday, I hurt so bad, I would have traded a kidney for a morphine drip. Good thing they were so OBVIOUS, or I would have been suckered right in.. “-)

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  7. Woooow… I deal with medical professionals a lot since my child is special needs. I’ve been tempted to bill people for my time. I know someone who has and the office actually paid her after she was in the office for just over 2 hours.

    How unprofessional. Wow.

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  8. I have never understood why a doctor/dentist/anyone you make an appointment to see would think his/her time is more important than mine. Okay, he/she went to college. But so did I. Okay, he/she may have gone to school longer, but I bet I have more common sense. AND the fact that the guy in the finance office thought he could weasel you with a compliment is just the icing on the BS cake they tried to feed you. I don’t blame you at all. Sandy

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! I felt the same way. Of course, had they rolled out a morphine drip so my mouth didn’t hurt so bad while I waited, I might have been a tad more patient…but dumb move to tell me they were having an impromptu staff meeting…lol..I could tell as soon as she said it that she was kicking herself silently. That is the last time I’m letting Chef choose a dentist..their office was called EasyPay…seriously, Chef???

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      1. Easy Pay? That should have been your warning that MONEY was the first priority, not the patient. I’m praying for you to find a good dentist that will ease you anxiety. Looking for a new dentist for Claire. She hates it as well. Left over anxieties from when she was five and they refused to let me go back with her (at first). The first cry I heard, I was back there informing them they could either treat her with me in the room or we’d go elsewhere. They treated her, but it’s never been a good relationship. Sandy

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