Friday, August 28, 2009

A Day in the Life

So here is a little snippet of life at the dental school.

The date for our house closing on the new house (yes, CLOSING! We're not completely home free yet, because you never know what could happen--but so far, so good--more updates later) is September 15th. I am assigned to patient screening that day, which means that I am supposed to see the patients who come to the dental school for the first time and explain to them how the dental school patient program works--that procedures cost about half of what you would pay anywhere else, but that you have to pay up front, that procedures will take longer, and that you will have to come in for multiple appointments.

So anyway--since we are closing on the house that day, I have to be there to put my John Hancock on everything alongside Taylor--which is so exciting! Our first house (the one we are in now) was only in Taylor's name because he bought it just as we were getting engaged. So it's exciting to have both our names on everything! So, all that to say--I needed to switch screening days. My friend Jason (one of Taylor's pledge brothers in KA, and a good friend of mine from college and now dental school) kindly offered to switch with me. So we went down to the 2nd floor of the dental school, where we thought you were supposed to go to switch rotation schedules. Here's how it went:

"Hey, B (really sweet lady who works at the front desk), we need to switch screening days--is this the right place to do that?"
"Oh, no, that's up on the fourth floor with Miss Jackie and Miss Yvonne."
"Oh, ok, thanks!"
Run up the two flights of stairs to the fourth floor.
"Hey, Miss Jackie! We need to switch screening days."
"Oh, no we don't do that here honey, you have to go to the 2nd floor for that."
"Ummm....we just did that, and they told us to come to you."
"Oh, ok, well you will have to go talk to Deb then."
Walk out the door, run into Deb by the elevators.
"Hey, Miss Deborah--we need to switch screening days, and we were told to come see you."
"Oh, no I don't know anything about that--you will have to go up to the 5th floor to see Anita or Natalie."
Pound up the flight of stairs to the 5th floor.
"Hey, Ms. Anita--Jason and I need to switch screening days, and we were told to come see you."
"Oh gosh, I don't really know about that, let me see if Natalie knows."
Natalie walks out of her office when she hears her name They advise us to talk to the Dean of Academic affairs. (SERIOUSLY, people.....seriously. All this "switching" would take is for someone to take 30 seconds to punch it into their keyboard on the computer schedule. NO NEED. No need.)
We walk in to Dr. Buchanan's office. The Dean. And explain our situation.
"Oh, well, you need to go see Amy on the 2nd floor, she's the only one who can take care of that."
To which I respond that Amy is out on bed rest for the next two months before she has a baby.


Finally, later yesterday afternoon, we got it worked out because the dean sent an email to a couple of professors and had one of them do it. Seriously though--unbelievable.

This is basically the daily routine of my life at this point, for some reason or another. A lesson in efficiency, friends. Take note.


  1. Hahaha that sounds like Kurt's situation in residency! UGH.

  2. Yay, so yall found a house! Thats great!

  3. Same thing happened when I tried to switch study days with Mama Crenshaw! They ended up having BOTH of us as the study BOTH days...geez