Proving that I do indeed look like hell after a day of torture at the dentist's office. You'll just have to trust me when I say I had hella speech to match.
After my first experience with this dentist, she knows well enough to overload me with novacaine. Today was supposed to be the beginning of the end of my visits. After six agonizing shots of oozing numbing fluid (two of which I could swear pierced my sinuses) and two hours in the compromising dental position, we found out, there's more beneath the surface than we thought. Or rather, there's less.
Today I had a deep cleaning on the entire right side, three fillings and one cavity that turned out to be almost large enough to require a root canal -- Almost -- was prepared for another crown. My insurance copayment for a crown still leaves me with a hefty tab. There goes rent!
This visit was the worst so far. Still, I wanted my dentist to do all she could while I was planted in the chair. I didn't want to leave. "What else can you do? Now's the time. I'm completely numb." No one understood a word I said -- including myself! The assistant nodded, smiled and handed me a cup to rinse and a paper towel to wipe the drool from my chin. [precisely why I rejected Aileen's request for an audio entry.]
So, at this point, I have three more visits to go. Gotta get the deep cleaning and fill a cavity or two on the left side next Wednesday. Next Friday is more crown prep. And two weeks after that is the crown placement.
Even though I know that's all I need (so far), I do know there's one more crown my dentist suggests. But because it's only a suggestion, it's not covered on insurance. I can wait. Maybe I'll shop around for a different dentist. More likely, I'll go to her since we now seem to be more comfortable with each other. But seriously, rent comes first!
After this though, I will finally be able to say I'm caught up and current with all of my health appointments for the first time...ever! Do you know how good that feels?