||[Nov. 19th, 2016|09:25 am]
Monday night started developing a toothache. Continued for the next couple of days with a constant ache. Wednesday night my cheek at the jaw line swelled up to chipmunk proportions so...time to see the dentist. SIGH. No insurance so signed up for Care Credit, getting a card for about $800 worth of service. Off to dentist. They do X-rays, say I'll need 2 or 3 pulled, and refer me to an oral surgeon. Dentist also told me if the swelling started expanding back to my ear I should go to the ER toot sweet. LOVELY. Oral surgeon office just a few blocks up the road so I go right there to make an appointment. Receptionist took a look at me, said they were going to force me into the schedule, and after a few hours of waiting and marinating 3 teeth were pulled. Also told the rest were pretty much done for, some were already gone, and should make plans to remove the rest before getting another infection. Had to suck out some pus from infected teeth, apparently. |
Gave me a prescription for strong antibiotics, which I have to also eat priobiotic yogurt to get some of the good bacteria back, and codeine. I am incapable of swallowing pills. Seriously. I've tried the various tricks but I gag when trying to swallow it and if I put the pill in food, my mind--which will allow me to swallow big hunks of meat I should really chew more--will make me bite down on the food because it knows the pill is in there. So asked for liquid. The antibiotics isn't bad but the codeine is NASTY SHIT. I almost puked it up. Last time I got teeth pulled I didn't use pain meds and was in agony once the anesthesia wore off. Not doing that this time. The codeine must have worked really well for I didn't feel anything once the anesthesia wore off. Pretty much pain free most of the day, just some aching, which is to be expected. Soft food for days so eating cottage cheese, passable Activia, and pudding. Mashed potatoes today and tomorrow, probably. Activia, you really need to expand your flavor selections. Only flavor I was interested in was vanilla. It's not bad but not something I'd want to eat regularly.
As I'm laying on the table waiting for them to start, I'm thinking, oh, $800 should cover it, last time it cost me $150. Well, more than 20 years ago. $1272!!!! to get three teeth pulled. Yes, young man shadowing the doctor, you should indeed go into oral surgery, you'll make a killing. At that point I was pretty much ready to get up and leave, figuring this wasn't getting done, but they were nice enough to accept a payment plan for the extra $472, $20 a month. For the next 4 years lol. Yup, time indeed to get the part time job. If it costs that much to get three teeth pulled imagine what it'll cost to get the rest out. Decent used car price. If I get them all done at once I will be going under, thank you very much. Quicker that way and I don't have to hear the cracking and sawing and feel the tugging.
All my fault, of course. Should have been keeping up on them and doing this a few at a time. But oh well. Then I get dentures and will be able to eat again things I've had pass on, for fear of crumbling teeth. Apples. Corn on the cob. Ribs on bone lol.
Did a follow up visit yesterday and swelling had gone down a bit, doctor was pleased with progress. This morning it's gone down more so I figure by next appointment on Wednesday it should be gone. Another benefit is I'm not getting the crazy restless feet thing that's screwed with my sleeping.