Aside from witnessing the decaying process of a dead tissue, I also got to learn that people from different races react to pain and treatment in different ways. It is interesting.
Indians (Asian) are MOANERS. Regardless if it’s a man or a woman. Everytime you put pressure, moaning grows louder and longer. They are HEAD BOBBERS as well. When you ask if they feel pain during a procedure, they’d just bob their head in all directions, making it impossible to determine if it’s a YES or a NO. Younger patients need all the TLC you can give.
African-Americans are big DROOLERS. They have an over active salivary gland. Man, talk about THICK and ROPY! If you’re not quick with that suction, the patient will either drown or you end up cleaning the overflow. I can always tell it’s going to be a long and difficult surgery if the patient is an African-American. They have the thickest jaw bone and most enormous teeth!
Hispanics and Orientals (including Filipinos) are about the same. I consider them GOOD patients. They tolerate most procedures well.
Most Orientals are lightweight. They get sedated pretty easily and stay still during surgery. One time, though, a teenage Japanese patient woke up from sedation….got up and did some blind Karate chops!
Hispanics are always grateful. Because, I think, they know how hard we try to understand what they’re saying. So they say, GRACIAS! all the time. They are chronic latecomers, worse than Filipinos.
Caucasians(White-Americans) are good patients,too, in general. For teenagers, it depends on where they’re from. West Plano: spoiled brats, afraid of needles, prone to hyperventillation, syncope, and some cry after waking up from sedation. East Plano: not as bad. I love the older patients. They’re funny and always have a great story to tell. But sometimes they talk too much that you have to shove that biteblock in their mouth quick enough before they can utter another word.
Hah! I love my job. After doing it for 21 years, I don’t think I could do or would want to do anything else. My job can be GROSS, but it’s definitely FUN!
A seminar leader wanted to make an important point, so he took a wide-mouth jar and filled it with rocks. “Is the jar full?” he asked. “Yes,” came a reply. “Oh, really?” he said. Then he poured smaller pebbles into the jar to fill the spaces between the rocks. “Is it full now?” “Yes,” said someone else. “Oh, really?” He then filled the remaining spaces between the rocks and stones with sand. “Is it full now?” he asked. “Probably not,” said another, to the amusement of the audience. Then he took a pitcher of water and poured it into the jar.
“What’s the lesson we learn from this?” he asked. An eager participant spoke up, “No matter how full the jar is, there’s always room for more.” “Not quite,” said the leader. “The lesson is: to get everything in the jar, you must always put the big things in first.”
Jesus proclaimed a similar principle in the Sermon on the Mount. He knew that we waste our time worrying about the little things that seem so urgent but crowd out the big things of eternal value. “Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things,” Jesus reminded His hearers. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:32-33).