This is the first of several journals about the trials and tribulations of breaking my own crown on a Sunday afternoon. If you haven't been a dental patient yourself for awhile, it is eye opening.
Lee Ann Brady DMD
Traveling all over the country sounds like a great lifestyle to some people and sounds like a form of torture to others. It's something I have done for over a decade, and like most things in life you develop patterns and routines and figure out how to make it work, even switching time zones every few days.
It's not of question of will you suffer from the physical strain of working chairside in the dental profession, but when. After 28 years I count my self lucky to have avoided any serious issues until this last year. My goal is to make sure I can continue to practice and feel good.
What do you do for some family time? One of my favorites is to go out for a walk in the evening with my daughter and mom.
Sometimes an unexpected negative event turns into a great positive, like when your vacation to Belize gets canceled due to a hurricane and you get to learn how great it can be to have a staycation instead.
Finding time to be creative and think about your business with a fresh perspective can be an insurmountable challenge. Without this time though, we often take a microscopic view of events and we become so focused on problem resolution that we miss the opportunity to see our vision of the future. Do you have systems in place for productive
Sometimes when i am treatment planning a case I wish I could go back in time and rewrite the patient's dental history. The learning from these experiences is to forward think and help patients understand that the decisions they make today can close doors to dental possibilities in the future.
One of the joys of practice ownership is dealing with the daily business dilemmas at the same time as we provide high quality care for our patients. There is nothing like coming in tot he office to be confronted by a problem to solve.