A case study of my dentist- who did what he loved

Case Study

When you make career choices, do you do it because of money or as a mission/calling? Sadly, many people give up their lives’ passion to persuade just a job- something that pays the bills, or to support a lavish lifestyle. But don’t forget, you have to spend 8 hours or more in your job and loving what you do gives the best hours of your life meaning.

The story of my beloved dentist

My dentist who worked his passion

I always remember my family dentist whom I really admire. This family dentist had known me since I was 5 years old – when he started his own practice as a young aspiring dentist. Even when he was over 65 with grown-up kids who are doctors, he was still active in his practice. He literally watched me grow up from a little child and I literally watched him grow old.

However he has already retired now and his son has taken over this practice.

Still, what I admire the most about him is his passion for his job- he does not set up the practice with making money as his main aim. Of course, the clinic helps pay for his bills, fund his kids education overseas. But he offers great discounts to long time patients or to those who could not afford, sometimes up to 50% or more. He had displayed countless examples of how it’s not always bout the money.

But at this age when he can retire (at 55 years old), he chooses not to. He told me about a trip he once went for a vacation at the insistence of his family… all the walking and sightseeing- he really did not enjoy himself. But he enjoyed the 2km jogs that he does few times a week.

Being a religious and righteous man, he also tried to find out what is happening in his patients lives, offered fatherly advise and try to instill good values in people. His clinic’s modest, with just to basic equipment but his years of experience- is priceless.

He also have a very hypnotic and soothing voice that could soothe a frightened patient like me. Sounds of drills and vision of sharp object absolutely terrifies me and make everything much more painful that it had to be. I would have never gone through 3 root canals, 2 teeth extraction, countless filling (my sweet tooth contributed to lots of tooth issues and occasional infections) had it not because that I really trust him.

He could also immediately diagnosed what is wrong with confidence and offer the treatment to cure.

I remembered once I had a terrible infection which caused me to have sinus, sore throat, pain in the ear, headache, red eyes and toothache (I have mentioned this in a previous post). When I went to my company doctor, he told me that the pain was triggered by my sinus condition and gave me an inhaler (with contains steroids). He also insisted that I see his brother who is an ENT specialist at a private hospital.

When I told him that I don’t like the idea of taking an inhaler and some suggestions that my mom (who’s a retired nurse) had given me, he even went on to imply that he’s the doctor and my mom was only a nurse who probably knew nothing. Anyway, I did not use the inhaler.

Even though I did not get better, the toothache brought me to my dentist. After checking, he immediately told me that all my problems (toothache, sinus, ear pain, headache, sore throat) are due to one thing: bacteria infection that entered through one of my wisdom tooth. He promptly cleared the cavity, applied medicine, did some filling and prescribed some antibiotics. Before I even left his clinic, all the pain just disappears! If I had visited him earlier, I would not need to suffer days and nights for nothing. So much so for alleged sinus condition…

Where have all the passion gone?

Nowadays, I seldom see a person having genuine passion for their profession. It’s always about status and money. People say that we have to be practical as there are bills to be paid. People put up with jobs that they do not like because it’s the job that makes the most money. But years down the line, their health will bite back- a stressful lifestyle can lead to inactivity, stress eating, fatigue, illness such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.

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