A couple of weeks ago, I accomplished a task that previously seemed insurmountable.
That’s right. I scheduled a dentist appointment. Two, to be exact.
There’s nothing wrong with my teeth, but we’ve gone well over a year without having a regular cleaning. Dentists are scary, and German dentists could be considered to be scarier, but we’re paying for the insurance anyway and I’m pretty fond of my teeth. I had gotten a recommendation for a dentist from a friend and tried to call them a few times – but it didn’t seem to be a valid number. Okay, then: armed with my Versicherungskarte, Leo mobile app and bolstered with way too much coffee, I went to the office in person. And: it went so much better than I had expected! I mean, I still sweated through my winter coat, which is pretty standard for me, but the receptionist was super nice, and I was on a high from my success for the rest of the day. I think I might still be!
Some helpful hints for when you schedule your first German dentist appointment:
1. Know your own phone number. This is where the embarrassed sweating started.
2. Don’t spell your name in Spanish. It’s not helpful.
3. Remember your husband’s birthday – or at least, how to say it in German. At this point, she gave me a pencil and paper to write my answers.
4. Smile a lot and act clueless. This may require less acting in some scenarios than others.
Here’s hoping that the appointment goes more or less as well as scheduling it did.