For those who have no clue what I am talking about, refer to this thread here for a little bit of the back story.
I never thought I would say this, but my TMJ appointment went amazing.
I happened to walk into an office which is employed by receptionists that were not only friendly but, patient and very informative. I wasn't treated like a patient I was treated like a person.
My nurse was amazing. She explained everything in perfect dumbed down detail for me. She spoke to me like she was a concerned friend. While waiting for my doctor, every couple of minutes she would come in to make sure I was ok, and would always ask if I needed something. The first time she checked on me, she brought in a warmed up Aromatherapy pillow that rests on the backside of your neck and on top of your shoulders.
Dr. Clifford was sensational. He apologized because I had to wait for him a couple of minutes longer than (He thinks) I should have. (I think I waited a total of 10 minutes once the nurse was finished explaining everything to me). He and I also learned that we share a couple of the same theories, which I thought was the neatest thing.
He asked me about my previous Dr. So I told him everything that I posted in the linked thread above. He and his nurse were angry when I mentioned the weight comment. They jokingly asked me if I hit her, then laughed when I told them no because it's a felony to assault a healthcare worker. (He is a funny Dr. I like that).
I spent 2 and 1/2 hours in an office surrounded by people who understand my TMJ, the pain it inflicts, and were genuinely concerned about my level of comfort. They made a mold of my teeth for a splint, and gave me a temporary one until mine comes in in a few weeks.
I wish all doctor's offices were like this. It has been a long time since I have been to a doctor that treats me like a person and a friend, rather than as a patient and an inconvenience because they have others they need to see. They were all absolutely amazing, and I made sure to tell the receptionist, the nurse, and Dr. Clifford that they were.
Thank you for reading. I hope all of you are having an amazing day!