The Wrong Day
has finally happened - dementia. I knew I was getting old but I didn't
expect to lose my mind so soon.
I had a dental appointment the other day, my 6 months
checkup. I had it on my calendar. I always write things down like that
so I don't forget.
I also had received a reminder card from the dentist's
office. I put it on the refrigerator so I would be sure to see it and
not forget. They say people tend to forget dental appointments more
than any other kind. It is psychological. We forget what we don't want
The appointment was on Monday. Trouble was, my
daughter had a doctor appointment on Monday and I had promised to lend
her my car. How would I get to my dentist appointment?
"Honey, can you take off early Monday and take me
to the dentist?" I cooed. "I suppose I could change it…
but I won't be able to get another appointment in the late
"I have something else to do Monday afternoon.
Maybe I can drop you off, do my errand, and come back for you."
"That should work." I hate all the
rearranging and juggling to keep medical appointments. It is okay for
them to make you wait an hour after you get there, but you must be on
time. And just as sure as you are a few minutes late, they will be on
schedule for the first time in 20 years and pass you by.
When I arrived at the dentist, I signed in on time and
was ready to go.
"Excuse me," said the hygienist, "I
don't have you down for today."
I was dumbfounded. I knew it was today.
"Well, when is my appointment?" I asked.
"In two weeks."
I knew she was wrong but what could I do?
"Well, okay, I guess I will have to come
back." I called Honey, "Can you come back and get me? It's
the wrong day." He was at the bank and not happy about hurrying
"I'll be there in a few minutes."
I have to take medication one hour before an
appointment. Not valium or anything, although that's not a bad idea.
It is an antibiotic because I have knee implants and if infection gets
in your blood… Oh, never mind. You don't want to know. Four pills of
penicillin all swallowed at the same time. Yuck!
"Oh, I forgot you have to be medicated. Well, let
me see; maybe I can work you in quickly."
I called Honey again. "Never mind, they are going
to take me."
"I just love coming here so much I couldn't wait
until it was time." I kidded with the hygienist.
She took x-rays, did her thing and then the doctor
came to check me out. Naturally, he managed to find a cavity.
"You will need to come back and let me take care of that. Maybe
you can just come on the appointment you already have."
Everyone is a humorist.
I made a new appointment and called Honey for the
When I got home, I checked the card on the
refrigerator, sure I was right and they were wrong. No, they were
right and it is there in writing on my refrigerator and on the old
appointment card. I was so certain that I had not bothered to check.
At least when you arrive two weeks early, you can't be
accused of forgetting because you did not want to go.
Next appointment is Tuesday, at 2:30. I hope I don't