Posted 8/19/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -6)
As some of you may have noticed, I haven't been around for a few days, Sorry about that! After having my tooth drilled out last week and having a temp filling put in, we had unexpected company for a couple days. A friend and her husband of my wife who she used to work with moved away to Kansas a few years ago but had stayed in touch w/ my wife ever since was in Fla. visiting and in Orlando which is only a little over an hour from us. My wife insisted that they come up for a while. We had a nice time w/ them for a couple days but my tooth started hurting again and has just gone down hill all week. Yesterday after our company left I called my new dentist who said come in right away. They took a bunch of xrays and after checking my gums and did some other yearly check-up stuff while I was waiting for the dentist which was nice of them and free w/ my insurance anyway. He then came in and gave my mouth a full check-up and cancer screaning (something my old dentist never did!) then checked the bad tooth. He told me that I had two options, pull it out or get a root canal since the tooth obviously wasn't going to get better w/ just a new filling and crown.
In the past when ever this option was given to me, I simply had it pulled out as the thought of paying all that $$$$$ to save a tooth seemed extravigant at the time. I've never had a root canal before but since the dentist told me that this tooth is still a "working tooth" meaning, there's a tooth still below it, I should try to keep it as it will be cheaper than getting a fake one. My wife agreed I should try to save the tooth so I have an emergency apt. w/ a specialist tomorrow, the same day and time I'm supposed to go to Social Security for my first meeting for disability!
Jeeze> Do I take care of the raging pain in my mouth, neck and head or go to my SSD apt. and maybe stall or even hurt my chances of getting it??? This is how things usually play out for me, it never seems to just be simply one thing at a time. This seems to happen to alot of us CP'ers, dosen't it?? Yesterday after going to the dentist, I called my lawer's office and got ahold of my "caseworker" after trying to call her for two days. OMG, what a peice of work she is!! > what have I got myself into this time? I asked her what I should do? Answer> "I don't know!" Well, will it hurt my chances if I cancel my apt. w/ SS? > "I don't know!" What the %^()*!@#$$ do you know, how to take my $$$ if I win? Some chance of that happening w/ you helping me!!! So I have this morning to descide what I should do?? This tooth has been bugging me for about a month now and now the pain pills I take do nothing! I'm a crankypuss and I'm whining at Y'all! I've been up every night this week w/ this tooth and it's caused my neck to flair up much worse than the normal everyday pain> I'm sure Y'all know what I'm talking about (normal everyday CP <vs> flair-up pain) GRRRRR!!!
As usual, I'm sorry for going off> Oh, there goes Pete again> w/ it's all about me again!!
I'm just frustrated, tired & cranky!!
Thanks for listening!
Poor Pittyfull Pete!
PS>> PA, I read your post, thats great you found a descent dentist but too bad the other jerk may have cost you your tooth! Hang tough my friend, we may be toothless but we're good people!
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops!