You Do 1 Thing! And You Do 1 Thing! And You Do 1 Thing!

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

Today I called a dentist to make an appointment to get my teeth cleaned. First I got the name of a friend’s dentist. That was like, four months ago. Today I looked up the number and called the number. The phone call took two minutes. I have an appointment in two weeks. I will be paying cash.


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probs (#296)

My one thing was to see if Kurt Vile tickets I won could be redistributed since I can’t go to the show and it seems a shame to waste them. Saw this post and emailed about it! Thanks, Logan/1 Thing

A dental appointment has been one of my 1 Things for 6 months running! I just scheduled an appointment with the dentist around the corner from my apartment, and it’s all thanks to you, Logan. Behold the power of the 1 Thing.

@cuminafterall Mine was a 1 thing for about two months and I did it yesterday! Go go dental care!

ellabella (#1,480)

@cuminafterall Me… four!?!?!?

ETA: 6, two more downthread!

annecara (#1,914)

I did my one thing yesterday and finally signed up for Angie’s List so that we can finally get some work done on our house. (First step: get a garbage disposal installed.) My next 148890000 things are probably going to involve searching for and calling contractors/plumbers/etc. And then searching for money to pay for it.

la_di_da (#1,425)

ME TOO! Two months after making it my one thing, I have an appointment in two weeks (for a very reasonable cost, I might add). Next one thing is to order contacts. Here we go!

Dentists are totally cashing in on The Billfold this week.

@la_di_da Heh, my one thing should have been to make a dentist appointment, but I ordered contacts instead. I also need contacts, but I probably should have made a dentist appointment (I definitely should have). At least I will be able to see while my teeth are rotting out of my mouth?

kellyography (#250)

@This is my new user name I ordered contacts, too! I should probably also make a dentist appointment, though, now that I’ve thought about it. Really, though, I just need to find a dentist office that doesn’t suck. That should be my one thing for next week.

Must be dentist week for everyone! I made an appointment for Monday…it’s shameful how long this took me to do, especially since it will be completely free with my insurance.

probs (#296)

Also, before people are too hard on themselves, the evidence that regular dental cleanings at the dentist improve dental outcomes is far from conclusive:

@probs What do they suggest we do instead to achieve positive dental outcomes?

probs (#296)

@polka dots vs stripes brush your teeth and floss. It’s the professional dental cleaning every 6 months that doesn’t have clear evidence in support of it. That said, I went to the dentist for the first time in ten years a month ago and went ahead and scheduled my next visit for 6 months later. Can’t hurt…

ellabella (#1,480)

@probs Have you seen any RCTs showing the value of flossing? I searched PubMed and couldn’t find any…

@probs I’m sorry let me rephrase – What kind of relationship do they suggest we have with a medically licensed dental professional that does improve dental outcomes?

I floss pretty regularly after lots of dental problems led to an implant, but I’m not sure there’s a critical mass of the population that does floss, enough that promoting NOT seeing the dentist is okay.

It’s like seeing a general physician regularly – yeah, if you’re healthy, it’s not going to improve your outcome. But they can spot patterns, they know your history if you DO have a problem, it’s generally better overall to have established care with someone.

There are lots of problems with American healthcare, but encouraging people to not see medical professionals on the intervals or for the reasons professional licensing organizations suggest is irresponsible.

@probs Not to mention dental care also affects your health overall – there are links to bad dental care and heart problems.

I’m sorry to be on such a high horse about this, but I have really terrible teeth and while I’ve had dentists try to upsell me on veneers, etc, I’ve also had really great ones help me prioritize my problems, develop better brushing/flossing/water picking/flouride habits, work with my budget (argh that shouldn’t even be in a thing in healthcare but it is) and help prevent future problems.

Just because there isn’t an immediate benefit from seeing a doctor a couple times a year doesn’t mean it’s not valuable.

probs (#296)

@ellabella Honestly, I was so under the impression that evidence was strongly in favor of flossing that I’ve never looked into it.

probs (#296)

@polka dots vs stripes Make no mistake, I’m not suggesting people not see a dentist- nor are the literature reviews I linked to. They just reviewed studies on whether professional dental cleanings have long-term dental health benefits, found the results to be inconclusive, and reported that. I think it’s important to do evidence-based evaluation of health practices and discuss those evaluations. Not reporting findings from studies that don’t overwhelmingly support current practices on the basis that it’s irresponsible doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’m glad dentists have been of help to you and I think dentistry and related disciplines are really important; I just think that research is also important.

@probs Well it wasn’t so much that you shouldn’t report scientific studies that disagree with current standards, but I felt like you were a bit…blase? in suggesting that people don’t need to worry that they haven’t seen a dentist in awhile. It was more of those it’s not what you said, it’s how you said it kind of things.

Like the recent kerfuffle over pap smears – scientific study brought up the discourse and eventually the standards were changed. Even more recently, they’ve been saying the same thing about mammograns, but they haven’t changed the standard yet (at least not officially I don’t think?) so people still go more often.

I didn’t know they had done this research, so thank you for bringing it up, I know I’ll be following it to see if the standards and recommendations change.

probs (#296)

@polka dots vs stripes I can see where you’re coming from. From my perspective, my comment was aimed more at the guilt/anguish that people feel over dental appointments, rather than whether they should have them or not. I also specified, but it’s worth reiterating, that this lit reviews address professional dental cleaning specifically, i.e. not dental appointments as a whole. I haven’t looked at that research and couldn’t comment on it.

ellabella (#1,480)

@probs I’m not a research expert but my bored-at-work searches have been surprisingly low-yield considering how we all believe we SHOULD be flossing and our teeth would be SO MUCH BETTER if we did.

As a side note, flossing was my 2012 New Year’s Resolution and it stuck! I do it… I don’t know, 5/7 of the days each week? It was not until after I had ingrained myself with the habit that I started researching it. Now I’m partially convinced it’s a conspiracy by the dental hygiene product industry to create more things to buy (floss is expensive, especially for people who buy the disposable-stick thingys!)

In other medical/cosmetics conspiracies, SUNBLOCK!!! Does it prevent skin cancer, or just burning, and/or wrinkling? If you use a shot glass’ worth on your whole body (hahaha costs about as much as an actual shot, no thanks)? In what populations, because not everybody is white. And race is not the same as skin color. Ok sorry end of paranoid tangent.

RachelG8489 (#1,297)

My one thing is filling out the paperwork for my mail-order pharmacy so that I can drop my prescription in the mail tomorrow! I’ve had the prescription for… two weeks already. Obviously this is not something urgent- it’s the next year’s worth of a med I’m already on, and I have a single script to use while I wait on the mailed supply.

@RachelG8489 You reminded me that I need to reorder my meds, and then I did that! Fastest 1 thing ever, I think.

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

Thanks to all the dentist-related 1 Things, I’m making it my 1 Thing to decide on a new dentist. (I narrowed it down to 2 options a couple weeks ago, but that’s as far as I got.) Probably won’t actually call until tomorrow, though (baby steps). I need to have my teeth cleaned, but I’m also prettty sure a filling fell out of one of my teeth a couple weeks ago. :/ I feel like Liz Lemon when her tooth falls out right after she insists she has her life together.

E$ (#1,636)

My 1 thing is to cancel my LinkedIn premium membership. I have no proof that it actually helped me get a job, and when they tried to upsell me to one of their other “not actively job hunting” packages, the page was a 404. See ya, suckas!

PicNic (#3,760)

My pressing one thing has been to find a new primary care doctor. I spent an hour and a half on Monday trying to switch doctors but remain at the same institution (I’m at one of the best hospitals in Boston, and all my specialists are here as well) – but apparently they don’t let you switch(?!). Has anyone else run into this kind of problem?

I fought the good fight and found out a lot of information that might be useful but mostly made me angry so then I needed a break.

My other one thing is to call Sallie Mae to talk about feelings and negotiate a happier existence. I think I’m going to do that tomorrow because my office mate is on vacation.

also – since we seem to be dentist-oriented today – if anyone needs a dentist in Boston let me know I LOVE MINE. I actually enjoy going. I fell asleep during a root canal I was so comfortable.

ellabella (#1,480)

@PicNic If it’s a larger hospital they will likely have a patient care advocate that you can speak with. Also, this is a case where the standard “be firm but super-kind” advice definitely applies. A situation like yours may be one that nobody is helping you out with because “it’s not my job” (because healthcare systems are a mess). Obviously this should be someone’s job, and if you work at a hospital it is your job to help patients in general, but… within an institution this is often a minority belief.

Getting someone on the phone who is nice enough and who you are able to convince (by pure ass-kissing and flattery) should like you will probably get you transferred to the right person/doctor’s office, etc.

If you tell a doctor who’s never met you before you hate your current doctor, their first thought may likely be “Obnoxious patient who is never happy,” rather than “Potential customer for me!” I’m not sure what your specific reasons for switching are, but framing it in a way that makes clear you DO need to change but not because your current doctor is THE WORST is best.

I know this is depressing advice but, well, reality. :(

EDaily (#4,396)

My one thing is send in a canceled check to my student loan provider so they can automate my student loan payments and give a measly, but needed 0.25 percent discount.

endofherleash (#201)

My one thing has been the same for months, but I’ve done this one thing five times.
In April my boyfriend ordered Wrestlemania, but there was an error with the PPV that he spent an hour and a half on the phone with a Comcast tech trying to fix. It never worked and he said just cancel it and we got it through XBL instead.
I’ve called five times to get credited for it like they told me I would be, and every time they say it’ll be done on the next billing cycle and never is. The rep I spoke with today said that she knows it’s hard to trust her, but it will be credited by Monday.
I trust her.

HeresTheProblem (#4,444)

My one thing was to make an appointment for armpit lasers at a place I bought a Groupon for MONTHS ago. I put it off because last time I bought a lasering groupon the place shut down after only my second of 6 appointments and I never got refunded. WAH. So that bad experience did NOT stop me from buying another package elsewhere, but DID stop me from actually going through with it. Which is stupid. I hate me sometimes :(. But I think I’ll like me more if I don’t have to think about shaving my under arms every morning.

readyornot (#816)

@HeresTheProblem I’ll be curious as to whether it takes and whether you like the place. I did some facial hair removal a couple of years ago, and it totally came back. The place was fine, but I moved far away and I’m in the market for new Groupon recommendations.

hellonheels (#1,407)

My one thing was to go to Target and buy new shampoo and conditioner, which I have managed to put off for an impressive amount of time by using a selection of tiny hotel shampoos and conditioners that I have appropriated over the years. I also had to replace my tweezers, which I accidentally left in Los Angeles over the Fourth of July break. I have been putting it off all week but finally did it today on my lunch break, so yay.

readyornot (#816)

This one thing sounds totally, like, juvenile: I went to the bank and asked for papers to roll coins from our coin jar in, then I rolled the coins, and I guess now I have to go BACK to the bank to deposit them. It’s only $27.50, but it’s a whole lot of space in the jar. Do you know how hard it is to actually go to a bank? So hard.

selenana (#673)

My thing is to get paperwork together to take to the embassy for a trip to Shanghai next month. The visa is a serious PITA. But Shanghai will, I hope, be awesome.

I filled out my FAFSA which I had been putting off for ABSURDLY long because I hate thinking about money even though I’m actually pretty financially comfortable now (working full time, school part time). Even with the 1 Thing urging me on I still put it off until 11 pm because reasons, but then I womaned up and filled it out and it took maybe 10 minutes total and all my info was imported from the IRS anyway, so no digging through my tax return. Yay 1 Thing!

katerrific (#374)

Ooh, I have a good one! A few months ago my one thing was to file a claim in small claims, which I’d been dragging my feet on because even though I was sure I’d win, I was also sure the defendant would never pay me. So I finally got around to that, got my court date and won, and then yesterday the defendant actually emailed me to make payment arrangements! (Maybe that was HER one thing?) So, I made $1500 from my 1 thing.

amirite (#2,677)

I do not have a one thing to do this week (I mean, I’m sure if I thought about it I would be able to come up with something, but la la la la la, I can’t hear you!). But I would like to report that I did one of my things a few weeks ago before I went on vacation which resulted in a cheque waiting for me when I got back. I had a claim to make on my health spending account that I had been procrastinating on for awhile.

Like, 8 weeks ago: Got all my prescription receipts together in one place
6 and 7 weeks ago: Did nothing
5 weeks ago: Printed off claims form
4 weeks ago: Did nothing
3 weeks ago: finally filled in the form, photocopied my receipts, and mailed the claim.

Voila! Cheque! Which I applied directly to my credit card balance. Why is it so hard to do even the things that will make your life easier or bring you cash dollars?

amglory89 (#3,588)

My thursday one thing was to go to the bank and deal with the fact that I need to live for the next 2 years without making money (584$/month, gross).
I managed to do it – got a student loan, fixed up my savings accounts so they now work for me, and organized pretty much my entire financial picture.

I also ordered contacts.

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