Motherhood Overseas Life

Culture stress or just stress?

November 26, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I was brushing my almost 4 year old daughter’s teeth and noticed that she had a small brown spot on her tooth. I waited until this past Wednesday to take her to the dentist, since my husband had a day off from work. (The dentist we see here speaks some English, but none of his staff does, so that is why I urged my husband to come along. My husband speaks the language here way better than me. Plus, I always get nervous at the dentist.😁)

Wednesday morning, I prepped the family that we were going to go to the dentist. We all bundled up and left the house. It took us about 20 minutes to walk to his office. We got to the dentist and he took one look at our daughter and informed us that he doesn’t work on children her age. He took a quick glance and said that her cavity looked small so we shouldn’t worry. He referred us to a dental university hospital close by that doesn’t need appointments, assuring us that it was excellent and works with young kids.

We decided to take a minibus because unfortunately our entire family together exceeds the capacity for a taxi. My husband google mapped where we should go, so we took a 15 minute minibus ride and walked about 15 more minutes to the dental hospital. We finally arrived to this super crowded waiting room. The receptionist reassured us that there were only 3 people ahead of us despite the packed room and that we should wait.

At this point some of the kids were pretty tired and thirsty, but of course I didn’t remember to bring snacks or water. After waiting about 30 minutes, the receptionist called my husband over to inform us that the office was going to shut down for one hour so that the dentists could take their lunch break. She encouraged us to also take a lunch break and come back at 1pm when their office reopens.

We gathered up the kids and went in search of lunch. We were not familiar with the area, so we began walking around looking for restaurants. There were a few local places, but we wanted to give the kids a more familiar lunch since they were being really patient. Then I saw a sign for KFC that was only 600 meters away…I am not exactly sure what 600 meters means, but it sounded short enough so I convinced my husband that we should try to find it. We began walking 15 minutes up this rather large hill and still didn’t see the KFC! Since KFC was nowhere in sight and time was running out, I apologized to my husband and kids and decided that we should just eat at this local place that was in front of us.

We went in and despite their larger variety of menu options, the owner said they only had a beef and rice dish available. The beef looked decent and after my husband made certain it was cow meat and NOT lamb, we ordered beef and rice for everyone. The food came out and when we began eating, it was oddly cold. In addition, the meat was a REALLY DIFFERENT texture. My husband leaned over and whispered to me, “Uhh, I am pretty sure this is cow…LIVER.” Oops. The kids and I barely ate the food because suddenly no one was hungry.

We then quickly walked down the hill back to the hospital and went in for our appointment. When the dentist saw my daughter, she was very kind and spoke English pretty well. After looking in my daughter’s mouth briefly, she said that my daughter needed a semi-root canal! 😱 This was pretty shocking to me since we just saw our American dentist in June on our last trip and she didn’t have a cavity. The dentist also informed me that root canal would take a minimum of 3 more visits to complete. What?!

We returned home about 5 hours after we left. We were pretty exhausted and I was quite depressed.

A root canal at 3 years old?!

Three more visits to the crowded hospital…in a taxi?!

Plus we paid way too much for lunch at a random place that I CHOSE! As soon as we walked in the door all of our appetites suddenly returned, so we devoured a bag of chips and some chocolate.

My husband and I decided to get a second opinion and I am SO GRATEFUL that we did!

A mom friend referred me to a place that is 10 minutes walking distance from our home. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

We went today. The dentist and her assistant were SUPER sweet and treated my daughter like she was the cutest thing ever. She filled her tooth in 15 minutes and said the cavity was so small that she didn’t even need a novocaine shot! My daughter did great and they rewarded her with colored pencils and a gold medal.

Needless to say, I will be going to this new dentist for my kids as long as we live nearby. (We have an amazing dentist in America, but that is another story😉).

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