I’ve been having this toothache for a few months. Right now, for the first time in my life I don’t have dental insurance. So the first thing I did was ignore the pain. I thought, “Maybe it will go away”. Then it got worse. Then I got curious about it’s whereabouts and started poking and prodding and flossing around to figure out the pain’s exact place of origin. I found it along with a high pitched yelp I didn’t know I had in me. The pain felt like nerve pain, which I have been acquainted with in the past. I assumed I must have a cavity or a filling had fallen out.
I made an appointment which I had yesterday and Alex stayed home from work to be with the kids. I got x-rays done and my dentist says, “I don’t see anything, let’s compare with your last x-ray from 2 years ago.” Then he studies the x-rays for a while and says “ahh this is interesting…very interesting”. My adrenalin starts pumping from worry and suspense and he asks his assistant to come look and see if she notices anything odd. She doesn’t and then he points out that the space inside my tooth has shrunken substantially.
I immediately go into what I call “Sysy land” otherwise known as my automatic inclination to be a medical detective (skilled or not). I think, “Ok, maybe the tooth grinding at night has been pushing down on my molar?” “Nope…unlikely…teeth don’t compact do they? Ooh! Maybe that was the one tooth I’ve had filled and it was done inadequately and infection has been eating up my tooth…wait…the space has shrunk, not gotten bigger…” I was stumped. Just as I was about to wonder if I had cancer in my tooth (ah, how fear trumps logic) the doctor finally put me out of my misery and explained that he rarely sees this but it seems to be some nerve inflammation going on deep inside the tooth. He thought it was interesting, I thought it was probably expensive.
He said he’d have to take out the filling and put in a temporary medicated one. If in a few months that doesn’t work, I’ll need my first root canal. I don’t care how much it hurts, I simply can’t afford a root canal. So let’s hope the filling works. I’ll still need a permanent filling put in but I’m pretty sure that’s cheaper than a root canal. I took some glucose tablets before he proceeded because I wasn’t expecting the unexpected. He had to numb me twice and there should have been a third attempt because I was still feeling the drill but honestly, I just wanted to get it all over with. I was prescribed an antibiotic for 10 days and to take two regular aspirin every four hours for a week.
I paid over 100 bucks for this and left thinking, “Noooo my poor wallet…” Then I stopped the pity party. Wait. I used to make as much as my husband. I could get a job and make that again. I could have more money and dental insurance and I could put the kids in daycare. I choose not to put the kids in daycare and am grateful for that opportunity. I don’t think one way is better than the other, but feel for those who have to have it one way or another because they have no other alternative, no choice. So this is the trade off. And I just gotta deal with it. These next few weeks I’m going to have to simply incorporate some serious money saving plans. It will work out.
I wasn’t the only one experiencing something uncommon yesterday. While I was at the dentist my husband was at the park with the kids. He was kicking our soccer ball around and left it a hundred feet away when the kids migrated away from it. No one else was at the park and he was close enough to the ball and he had on soccer cleats. Suddenly a car drives by and stops in front of the ball. A young kid jumps out, runs to the ball, doesn’t seem to care that my husband is like, “Hey that’s my ball!” and she and her mom drive swiftly out of there with OUR ball. Alex can’t run after them with our two small children in his care so off they go. LOL Can you believe that? I couldn’t help but laugh about his encounter with drive-by thieves. How often does that happen? I bet they don’t know we can’t replace it.
Apparently yesterday was all about beating the odds (rolls eyes).