San Franciso Trip & Dental Conference

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3, 2010 – Today, I had to hit the ground running!  My husband and I are headed to a dental conference in San Francisco. Yippee, Yahoo!! That just happens to be where our son Kyler is going to school. It is also where my husband Jim’s siblings John, Mary, and Ann live, along with their respective families.  The dental conference is intense—8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day—but we will be sure to squeeze in much-valued time with some of the Hood family members.

Silly me! Much to the dismay of my husband and Delta Airlines flight attendants, I almost missed our flight out of Salt Lake City, Utah, to San Francisco. Unfortunately, I have severe, severe motion sickness, and to prevent the disgusting task of filling multiple paper bags on the airplane, I take some heavy-duty prescription and over-the-counter motion sickness pills and use behind-the-ear patches.  I have finally found a combination that prevents me from the embarrassment of filling those too-small, behind-the-seat bags.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that this medication makes me drowsy and forgetful, as well as making me feel generally crumby.  At the Salt Lake City airport, I went to the ladies room and then to get a beverage. I lost track of time and direction.  My frantic husband had me paged and tried to keep the airline door open as I literally ran, dropping and picking up items. Whew!  We made it!

We landed in San Francisco at 5:42 p.m.  Now for hotel check-in and dinner.  Then we prepare for tomorrow’s long day of work.

The convention we are attending is the DOCS Oral Sedation Conference for dental continuing education.  Dr. Hood will come back with the latest and greatest updates and techniques in oral sedation, which so many patients request to calm their dental fears.  We will keep you posted.

Karen



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