No visits for a bit, while my gums and jaw heal from the extraction. By the way, I did NOT have a dry socket after all, but I forgot to post that news here. I am healing well, but I'm getting pretty worried. My unemployment has dried up and I have an expensive (even after sliding scale fees) root canal scheduled in September, and we seem to have hit a wall with this fundraiser. I am grateful to everyone who has donated already, and I don't expect you to reach deeper into your pockets, but unless I get a job very soon, I don't know what I will do if I can't figure out a way to reach more people who are willing/able to help.
Minor setback today... last night, I discovered that in spite of my diligence and care, I have a dry socket, so I'm heading back to the dentist this morning for an emergency visit. It's frustrating, because I know I did everything I could, and it's also incredibly painful. I guess I will have to bring a supply of room-temperature Slim Fast to Ian's family 4th of July gathering, and lust from afar after the tasty trappings of Independence Day celebrations.
Wow! I sure am glad that Dr. Mallick suggested doing both extractions at the same time; I can't imagine having to recover from this twice! It's been just over 24 hours and I'm already sick of the soft foods I dare to eat; I'm being obsessively diligent in order to avoid dry socket, which sounds TERRIBLE! I do wish I had something stronger than OTC for the pain, but I'm trying very hard to push past it. I may be small, but I'm tough!
At today's appointment, Dr. Mallick surprised me with the option of having both unsalvageable teeth extracted in one sitting, and I agreed. I'm now recovering (or trying to -- no pain meds!) I won't see Dr. Mallick again until September, for my first root canal, which will consist of 3 separate visits. Root canals are apparently spendy; I was quoted $400 for each one, and I think Dr. Mallick said I will need two or three. That gives me all of July and August to try to raise the funds, which is good, but at the same time, I'm just anxious to get it all over with.
I'm having my first extraction (of, hopefully, only two) today. I'm pretty nervous; the only tooth I've ever had pulled before was my one-and-only wisdom tooth, which was actually pretty traumatic. I was awake for it, unlike most wisdom extractions, because I couldn't afford to get put under. I'm also nervous because the funds provided by the fundraiser have covered up until this point, but my next appointment after today could be my last if I don't get more support. Please, please, please -- even if you can't donate yourself, please share this link with folks you think may be sympathetic to my cause. I am eager to return to a state of dental health! And as always, thank you so much to those who have contributed already. Your support means the world to me.
I had my teeth and gums cleaned today in anticipation of the work that's about to begin, and made an appointment for my first extraction. My options were July 19th, some ways away, or Monday, so I opted for Monday. I'm nervous, not only because I've only ever had my one wisdom tooth pulled, but also because with one more appointment after the extraction, I will have used up all the funds that my supporters have donated so far, and I won't be able to proceed until I am able to raise more. So, please, share my cause with your friends. I am desperate to return to a state of dental health, and I can only do it with your help.
After x-rays and speaking with my new dentist today, I've lowered my goal amount from $5k to $2.5k. I'm going to need a couple of extractions, root canals and crowns, but most of the work can be done with a good ol' drill and fill, which is good news. The bad news is that I will need to have a considerable chunk up front for the root canal and crown visits.
Today is the day it begins. My first dentist appointment in a number of years. I'm both excited to get the ball rolling and scared I might hear that the damage is worse than I thought . I don't think I'll get drilled and filled on this first visit, but I don't know. Wish me luck!
One week until my first appointment! I'm nervous, because the dentists I've experienced in my lifetime have been big on shaming patients, but I'm also a lot older and more mature than I was then, so I think I can handle it. I know I'm at the beginning of a very long and probably painful road, and I'm not looking forward to hours of drooling, but someday, I will be able to smile without feeling ashamed, and THAT is something to look forward to.
I made my appointment for x-rays and an exam with the dentist today! The soonest they can get me in is June 15th. I can't wait -- even though I dislike going to the dentist as much as the next person, it will still be awesome to get the ball rolling!
Good news today! I've been approved for the sliding scale fees, which means each individual visit is only going to cost a $35 co-pay. That means you guys have already helped me fund my x-rays and my first two treatments! That also means that once the dentist and I can sit down and hammer out a treatment plan, I should be able to adjust my goal amount accordingly -- and I suspect it will go way down.
Thank you so much to those who have contributed! I'm getting a little closer, but I need a lot of help to get to my goal. Please share my link with your friends, and if you have any suggestions for rewards to offer, please let me know!
I decided not to wait until Monday. I brought my patient intake paperwork over and told them I wanted to check up on my records transfer. I figured someone had just dropped the ball on calling me, but it turns out they haven't received my dental records from my old dentist yet! Since it's been almost a month, I called my old dentist to see what was up, but they're closed, so I will have to try again on Monday after all.
I'm still waiting to hear back from the dentist that they've got my records from my old dentist, and it's been several weeks. I think I'll go in Monday and bridge what is probably just a communication gap and get things going!
I'll probably add a few more rewards as I figure out what rewards people might like to see. Food is my special talent, so please feel free to contact me with a suggestion of something you'd like to see here. I am currently awaiting transfer of my dental records from my last dentist's office to my new one here in Bangor; once that happens, I'll make plans to get new X-rays done and figure out a treatment plan.
In spite of good dental hygiene habits, for the last decade or more (since having braces as a teenager, actually) the structural integrity of my teeth has become more and more of a concern for me. Part of it is due to soft enamel, and part due to prior medications which caused me to have dry mouth. It's become significantly worse since my father, who often paid for my dentist visits when I couldn't afford to go otherwise, passed away. I have several teeth that are in a pretty bad state, and while I'm at a point in my life where I could afford to maintain healthy teeth through preventative measures and upkeep when necessary, I can't afford to get my teeth to that healthy baseline without help.
Healthy teeth are important for a number of reasons; people can die from complications caused by tooth infections. I want to start a family soon, and poor dental health can also contribute to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as affect the baby's health. You can help me achieve my dream of a confident, healthy smile and get me one step further down the road to becoming a mom with your donation.
My mother thought this was a great idea, but she said she'd be too embarrassed to try it, in my place. The truth is, I am embarrassed, but I realized that my dental health is worth more than my pride, and I was never going to get any help if I didn't ask for it. I was inspired to start this campaign by a friend of a friend, Tess, who is also raising funds for the same purpose. Like her, I will also donate any remaining funds after my repairs are complete to another person in need of the same helping hand.