The Monday Morning Quote #535

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life,

it is often no louder than the beating of your heart,

and it is very easy to miss it. ”

Boris Pasternak


The Monday Morning Quote #534

“Without promotion something terrible will happen – nothing.”

PT Barnum

“Dentistry is Tough”

You know you’re being taken seriously when the incoming BDA President checks your name and writing in their address.

“An opinion piece was recently published in BDJ In Practice by Dr Alun Rees, ‘Is Dentistry making us sick?’ It starts with the statement, ‘Dentistry is tough’. I don’t think any of us would argue with that.”

For Roslyn McMullan’s full Presidential address CLICK HERE – I wish her a successful, productive and happy year and look forward to thanking her when we meet.


Darkness on the Edge of Town

Friday 3.30am, a long drive after a late flight, time to go to bed.

After a full working day.

Saturday 3.30am, alarm goes, time to get up. 

For the past four years Susan & I have joined hundreds of others setting off from Skibbereen GAA ground to walk 5Km from Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House.

I have personally known several people who have taken their own life, one would have said that all of them had plenty to live for but chose to leave their families and this world behind. Just writing about it upsets me. 

I have met dentists after my talk “Is Dentistry Making You Sick?” who have admitted to me that they have self harmed or contemplated suicide. Although I have had my share of ‘black dog’ periods I am grateful for being spared the thoughts of no return.

As we all walked in silence from the edge of town through the streets watching the sun gradually rise I thought of my friends and the thousands of others and said a prayer that no one else will take that lonely exit.

“Well everybody’s got a secret, son
Something that they just can’t face
Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it
They carry it with them every step that they take
‘Til some day they just cut it loose
Cut it loose or let it drag ’em down
Where no one asks any questions
Or looks too long in your face”
(Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town)

The Monday Morning Quote #533

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”

Paulo Coelho

via Brian Sooy


What do patients really think?

From The Conversation.

Gavin Brookes and Paul Baker were “tasked” with looking at patients’ opinions. An analysis of a total of 228,000 comments from the NHS Choices website, coming in at a huge 29m words. Their results have been published in the BMJ and as a book.

They spent three years on the project and Prof Baker said, “it’s taught me more about what it means to be human than any other project I’ve been involved with. It also reveals how some staff, such as surgeons, are almost universally praised, while others, particularly receptionists, unfairly take the flak when the system breaks down.

Some conclusions:

“…complaints about the technical ability of staff to make us well are less common, suggesting that the NHS is mostly doing a good job, but is overstretched and struggling to meet demand.”

“…patients like predictability – they have a set of expectations and are generally happy if they’re met.”

“…“attitude” tends to be at the heart of the majority of complaints about the NHS,…”


“…some staff members do especially well, with surgeons, dentists and paramedics being evaluated positively 95% of the time.’

“Dentists, who came second in our comparison, also attracted strong praise, consistently being called “great”. The broader language used to describe dentists was also revealing, though. Many patients wrote about having a dentist phobia but then being pleasantly surprised when the actual visit was painless. The good feedback dentists received, then, was often related to a sense of relief.”

The Monday Morning Quote #532

“Every time you are tempted to react in the old way, ask if you want to be a Prisoner of the Past or a Pioneer of the Future.

Deepak Chopra

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