Sunday, October 9, 2011

Megan, Braces, the Golden Scaler and What the H E Double Hockey Sticks??

Picture of the Day...

What the H E Double Hockey Sticks??
During the month of August it reached 102 degrees in Atlantic City.
On the way home from work I noticed a old man in short-shorts, knee high red socks and a sweater buttoned up to his belly button waiting patiently for the bus.  I have a feeling the shorts and sweater were his deceases wife's old clothes   He made me smile.  To each his own.  

The picture above had nothing to do with anything but it always makes me smile.  :)

Megan got Braces!!!
She's a difficult case so she'll probably have to wear them for three years.
Her jaw slopes downward giving her an open bite and to make matters worse she has partially impacted teeth #19 and 30.  I have no dental insurance so surgery of any kind is out of the question. When I was a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant (CDA, RDA) I used to be the assistant for her orthodontist. He does great work.  He also did braces for my niece and her teeth look great.  I trust the work that he does and look forward to seeing the end result.
Megan plays field hockey for her middle school (probably why I thought of the picture above) so we went out right away to buy her a mouthguard specifically designed to protect her teeth and fit around the brackets.  It's florescent pink.
She looks so beautiful brackets, mouthguard and all.

Lol.  Megan ready to get her braces placed.

Megs new braces.
Megs new braces.


This week was busy. Yay.  
I'm the type of person that would rather be busy then sit around all day. So I guess you could say the week was good.  I got two hours overtime at my hourly job and my second job, which I work for a percentage of the production was well, productive.  If I made production at my main job I'd be the happiest hygienist around.  Wanna know why??

In this weeks meeting with the Big Boss I was told that I am the highest producing dental hygienist out of all the five offices in our corporation.  Wow.  I had a feeling but it was nice to see it in writing.  During a phone conversation the Regional Manager told me that since I started working for the company in May 2010,  I've raised the bar for what is expected from a dental hygienist.  Sorry ladies  I didn't mean to make your lives harder.  I swear.

Each week the dental hygienists get a printout with a list of our production for the week, our weeks production average and our weekly ranking amongst all the hygienists out of all the five offices in the corporation.  It's presented in a chart and our production and stats are displayed right along with all the other hygienists stats for all to see.  So anybody with a competitive mind, ie: Me, will strive to be number one.  

I'll admit it, the other hygienists didn't really like my style when I first started to work for this company.  They even tried hard to get me to quit.  What they didn't understand was that I was trained to work hard and effeciently.  I wasn't trying to make them look bad.  I was working hard out of habit besides the fact that I needed the job and the money.

When I started working as a dental assistant I was trained by a general dentist who worked hard and expected his employees to work the same way too.  I credit him for teaching me most of what I know today including my strong work habits.  (Thanks Ira!)

Maggie and Mommy-  Pre Braces
But I digress. 

Each month the hygienist with the highest monthly average for the month gets a $100 gift card to Wawa.  I've won four times so far this year. My boss jokes that if I win one more time he's gonna award me a "Golden Scaler".   This month I lost by a daily average of $17.47.  My boss joked that if only I did just one more sealant per day and I would've won.  Dammit.  I blame it on the flu that I've fought for two of those weeks and still feel like I'm fighting today.  I'm gonna miss the $100 giftcard but I guess other people have to win too. :(


This week was exciting because my niece Rachel was in the Homecoming parade and court for her high school.  My dad came down from NY and drove her and her escort/boyfriend in his convertible hunter green Corvette during the parade.  She looked supermodel beautiful as usual. (Although she doesn't realize it)  She said it was an amazing experience.  She wasn't chosen Homecoming Queen but in my book she won. Good job Ray!

Rachel with her escort/boyfriend Nick and driven by her Pop-Pop aka my dad Paul during the Homecoming Parade.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lauren, Fractures and Bugs!

Home... Lauren and Bugs

Lauren Pearl at age 5
One of my favorite pictures that I took of  Lauren   

"Lauren's Butterfly" Lauren age 9
A photo taken by my daughter Megan of her sister Lauren.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I'm deathly afraid of grasshoppers and crickets.  Especially crickets.  I'm not too fond of most insects in general but they top the list.
Wanna guess what my daughter Lauren loves?  Bugs.
My daughter Lauren loves any kind of bug or insect.  She loves to pick them up and if she can't she'll just sit and observe them.  She's been that way for as long as I can remember.
A couple of weekends ago she went to a fair in Cumberland County with her sister and dad.  Her sister Megan took a great picture of Lauren while Lauren was in a big tent filled with butterflies.
"Lauren's Grasshopper" Lauren age 7
A photo taken by me a few years ago.
Megan is a great photographer.  She has a really good eye.  I love the picture.
Megan's picture reminded me of a picture that I took of Lauren a few years back.  I happened to notice Lauren sitting on the deck staircase with her head laying on the step.  I was wondering what the heck she was doing until I got closer. She was laying on the stairs with her face about five inches from a huge grasshopper.  I have goosebumps just thinking about it.  Yuck.


Great news this week.  I was promoted to Perio Policy Supervisor.
A few months ago I was asked by the owner to design a Perio Policy for the corporation.  They sent it to their practice consultants.  The consultants tweaked it.  Now I'm gonna tweak it a little more so it can better suit our offices.
What will I be doing as a Perio Policy Supervisor you may ask. Lol.  I'm still trying to figure that out but this is the gist of what I got so far...
As Perio Policy Supervisor I have to make sure that, not just the hygienists but also the doctors, assistants and front desk staff are following the proper protocol for recalls, maintenance appointments and scaling's (SRP) and reactivation of charts according to the periodontal protocol.  Seems like a lot to do but I'm up for the challenge.
Not for nothing I love my job but I work my ass of for them every day and I do it 9 times out of 10 with a smile on my face. So it was a nice ego boost to be recognized by the owners and higher ups in corporate for the job that I do.  Thanks Scott.  ;)

Picture of the Day aka Fractures...

Tooth fracture #14 lingual 

Tooth fracture #14 lingual 

These two pictures weren't focused as well as I 
would have liked but for a picture taken with an IPhone it's not that bad.

Fractured tooth #10
The teenage patient was jumped and punched in the face.

Lauren in May 2011 with a Colles' Fracture from a bike fall.
This was taken right after we left the emergency room.
Megan and Lauren in May 2011 with Colles' Fracture.
Lauren was in pain but still attempted to smile for the camera. 

The Blog aka Share your Pictures

The blog is starting to come into its own.  I'm still tweaking it here and there so bare with me in the mean time.  Again if there is anyone who would like to share their photos on this blog just leave a comment and I'll get back to you asap.

Me and my...

Time to start my weekend and enjoy my one day off.
Sueprize (my cat) and I are gonna watch girly romantic comedy's all night.  Well not all night.  For some stupid reason I made appointments for both of my dogs to get groomed tomorrow morning at 9:00 on my only day to sleep in.  What was I thinking?

So this weeks issue of my blog ended up having an awful lot of pictures of my youngest daughter Lauren.  You're forewarned. A Megan themed issue of the blog is on the way.   I can't wait.    :)