This Memorial Day weekend was a nice one but boy was it HOT. One of the things that we did to escape from the heat was to go to our neighborhood pool.
This pool has two slides. A little kids’ slide and a very tall and steep slide. In addition, the pool has some diving boards.
Last year Finn would only go on the little slide. He was afraid of all the other slides and diving boards.
When the temperature hit 100 degrees over the weekend we decided to go to the pool. As soon as we got there he jumped right in. From this year to last year his swimming has improved a ton. He is very confident in the water and swims very fast.
At the pool, we bumped into a couple of his friends. They decided they wanted to go on the little kid slide. After a couple of turns on the slide, I suggested they try the big slide.
At first Finn said no but when his friend said he wanted to try it Finn decided he would try also.
When he walked up the stairs and looked down, Finn got nervous about the height of the slide. So he came back down and told me he was scared. I told him that there was nothing to be scared about. I would to be at the bottom of the slide to catch him and help him swim to the side of the pool. I would not allow anything happen to him.
I talked to him for about 5 minutes trying to build up his courage and then both Finn and his friend climbed to the top of the slide. He sat at the top of the slide for a good 30 seconds as I treaded water at the bottom waiting to catch him.
I yelled, “Come on you can do it. Don’t worry I’ll catch you.”
Then all of a sudden he came flying down the steep slide. He splashed into the water and I quickly grabbed him by the arm as we swam to the edge of the pool. Then he quickly said with a huge smile, “Let’s do it again.”
We were at the pool for about 2 hours and he did not stop going down the slide and jumping off the diving board. All it took was that initial first try and then he was good.
Believe it or not, people are afraid of going to the dentist. It is estimated that between 30 to 50 percent of the population avoid dental treatment because of fear. Most offices do not offer anything to help these fearful patients.
At our office, we offer treatment ranging from nitrous oxide (Laughing gas) all the way to anxiety reducing pills. Many times, these patients start off needing these anxiety reducing techniques and after a while begin to manage their anxiety without medication.
If you or anyone you know are avoiding the dentist because of fear please call our office at 773-292-2911 to set up a consultation. We will go over all of their options as to control their anxiety and get their mouth back to health.
Floss like a madman!
Emilio “Enjoying this Beautiful Weekend” Couret