How to contribute to other people? Being helpful to others is worthwhile for living. They say three forth of people hate their jobs. Luckily, I love my work. As a dentist, treatments for patients are contributions themselves. Clocks are ticking and my days as a dentist are numbered. That’s what I am thinking after birthday of 60.
I have been working at the biggest business town in Tokyo. Because of Corvid 19, the number of patients has decreased to 70 percent. Business person are working at home, not at office. They come to their office only once or twice a month. They changed their dentist near their home instead of coming here.
But I have a few patients who watched my clinical case reports and read my blogs and wanted my skills, saying “I want my devastated teeth fixed like your cases in the homepage”. That’s my big motivation to work. They come from countryside by train, contrary to the office workers around here. Consequently, I have lots of time for them, enough explanation, treatment planning, and of course treatments themselves.
A female patient came and rejected surgery which I proposed, at first. But, she gradually changed her mind and accepted my proposal through many time’s conversation. She will have the best quality of functional chewing by the surgery, I believe.
I am not sure what the future holds for me. However, I will keep learning and control what I can control, not focusing on uncontrollable things such as the coronavirus and the number of patients. Be patient for patients.