When someone attends college and medical school, one would think that this would give you the sense that they know what they are talking about. You should be able to trust this person who has spent years learning about his or her profession.
Their word should be gospel.
So, recently when our dentist told my daughter on a routine visit after $100 worth of X-rays that she needed her four wisdom teeth cut out, she believed him. Notice I say SHE! I was skeptical, it's my nature. He even told her "Your mother will probably say you don't need them out", and he was right. I balked at the idea like he'd suggested I cut off her head. But she insisted that he'd told her that her $4000 of brace work would be declared null and void, that the wisdom teeth would cause her mouth to look like a thirty car pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike.
I love my daughter more than anything. I deny her little in the way of creature comforts and do allow her to have her own opinions. She didn't want her million (minus $996000) dollar smile to be ruined. So, off I trapsed to the dentist office and conferred with him over her Xrays. Still figuring him to be in cahoots with the oral surgeons, I went my merry way to make an appointment with one.
And so we went, X rays in hand. The guy was wonderful, I couldn't complain about him if you paid me. He tossed her X-rays on the wall and launched right in..."Some dentists will tell you that if you don't get your wisdom teeth out, your teeth will go crooked. That's a lot of bull"..... If he was in a kickback scheme this is a funny way to go about it, practically talking us out of it before we started.
He went on to tell her the other reasons that maybe she should, and the things that could happen if something went wrong during the surgery, such as her lip going permanently numb. Presenting us with a bill for $50 for that (okay..so I CAN think of something to complain about) and a proposal (damn...he was cute, but I'm still married..oh yeah it wasn't THAT kind of proposal)...a proposal for $1200 to remove her teeth, we made an appointment. As we left she said, "With my luck, my lip will go numb."
Then we researched.
We mulled over the pros and cons of getting it done or not. We talked with people who had it done. I cashed the $9 check that Blue Cross paid of the $50 and thought about that percentage applied to the $1200. Lindsay thought about him saying..."sometimes a nerve is damaged and your lip is permanently numb". It's your decision I kept telling her, I can't make this one for you.
She called and cancelled the surgery. So, my dentist will think I'm a bad mother. So maybe I think he gave us bad information.
So maybe we shouldn't be so trusting. I may not even floss tonight.