It’s been a long 6 weeks.
Back in February, I had a crown placed. One week later, I was back because of pain. They didn’t really address it, but even after they put on the permanent, I still had pain. So last week, I was at the dentist for 3 hours (until 10pm!) getting the permanent taken off and a new temp crown placed. The experience was excruciating. So when I was told last week the only way to fix it was to get a root canal, I was freaked out.
Fortunately, I found a friend to come with me and be my doula for the procedure.
It was not fun to get the root canal done, and it ended up taking way longer than expected. But it was super nice to have that support in the room with me. So while a tooth is not the same as having a baby (Teeth being worked on: Not a normal biological process. Giving birth: A normal biological process.), they did have some similarities:
1) I didn’t know what to expect, but having someone talking be through what I didn’t know was helpful.
2) I had someone to keep me calm while being worked on. My doula rubbed my ankle, which reminded me I wasn’t alone and gave me something else to focus on.
3)When I needed something, she was paying attention to ME, and could communicate that with the staff. I needed more numbing in my mouth, and she MADE SURE that was taken care of quickly.
4) She reminded me to breathe.
5) She repeatedly told me I was doing a good job.
6) Most importantly, she was someone I knew and trusted. I didn’t know the staff (and, let’s face it– you’re not always 100% sure how much to trust them some times.), but I had a friendly face there for me.
So, major shout-out to the lovely lady who kept me sane today. You rock. <3, Veronica
Have there been unconventional times you wanted a doula?