Normally, I practice clinically two days a week. During the summer months, though, my teaching work goes away, and, in an effort for my wallet not to do the same, I schedule extra clinical dental hygiene days. When I have difficult patients during the extended clinical schedules, I find myself burning out and in pursuit of positive solutions. Let me define what constitutes a difficult patient. I don’t mind scaling calculus, and I appreciate motivated patients. Work can, in fact, be quite fun.