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A day in the life of a nurse

As a nurse, we have to put up with a lot of things, but this week I experienced something new. Someone bit my finger!! Yes, yes it was very funny at the time but I definitely don’t want to experience that again. There I was, in the surgery,doing my nurse thing, when Sen asked me to take routine xrays of our new patient. This patient was 78, so I explained thoroughly the process of taking an xray. I described how I would place the xray sensor into his mouth and ask him to bite together when it is the correct position. So, slowly I placed the sensor into his mouth…………………………..then it came!! The big canine tooth, sharp and ready to attack the index finger.Now this tooth was used, many years ago to tear through raw meat! Cavemen would use them to eat their catch of the day! I didn’t study radiograph for this.

We all had a giggle, and the patient was very apologetic. We saw the funny side of it. So, when having dental radiographs, think of the dental professional taking them. A finger is for life…… not just for xrays 😉

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