August 25, 2011
I Knew Then This Was Beyond Huge
I was at work, in my dental office. Patients were not due for another 30 minutes. Becky our receptionist was making coffee and came into my operatory and said I needed to see this. We were watching the film from the first plane hitting the tower over and over.
All of a sudden while they were showing the smoke coming from the 1st tower, we saw the 2nd plane hit. I remember being very confused thinking how did they do that. Becky said it was not a trick, another plane hit. I knew then this was beyond huge.
The majority of our patients that day did not come in or called to cancel. The few that did make it did not get any services done. We all sat watching the televisions in the break room, waiting area and doctor’s office. Patients kept apologizing for coming in, but they seemed to be stuck on automatic.
Only one patient was actually seen because he was in so much pain. He cried the entire procedure, even after we turned on the nitrous. I kept rubbing his arm and letting him know the anesthesia would take affect shortly. He said he was scared from all the news and he was only there because of the pain. He wanted to go home and be with his family. I wanted to go home and be with my family too.
By the time I got home with my husband I was in such shock. If I slept more than 3 hours that night I would be surprised.
Never Forget. Where were You on 9.11.2001 and what were you doing? What were you thinking? How has 9.11.2001 impacted your life?