Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Visit To The Dentist!

First I'd like to thank you ladies for welcoming me back to blogger. HUGS~to all of you.

Well, lets talk about the dentist. First I have not been to a dentist in Nineteen years. Okay I know y'all sucked all the air out of the room after reading that lol.

For many reasons I didn't go...fear, no insurance, fear..oh I said that twice lol, It's expensive and we never seemed to have the money honestly. My teeth were always very healthy, white no cavities or anything. When I was about 4 years into my diabetes I noticed my teeth were starting to trouble me. I started seeing my teeth break off little pieces at a time. From then on it was little by little, and honestly as long as I had good front teeth I didn't worry.

This past year my teeth rapidly started breaking off and plain just falling out of my mouth! it's a disease your teeth get when you have diabetes, but I cannot remember the name. That's what was happening to me.

So today they did a through oral exam, lots of X-rays, and castings for my upper and lower teeth. I have severe tooth decay in my mouth and gums, most of my bottom teeth we will be able to save and just have a parcel for that. My upper mouth will also have a mini denture or percale as I have 4 that will be taken out, plus the two I'm already missing. They are also going to have to do gum surgery, since the decay is below my teeth line.

Today he put me on heavy antibiotics~as he found that I had a rampant bacterial infection to go along with every thing else. He put me on heavy pain meds till the antibiotic start to work. I had to get a very special kind of tooth paste from them and mouth wash as this along with antibiotics will kill the bacteria infection. The tube of toothpaste which is called "GC MI Paste Plus was $35.00 for a 4 oz tube! I use it twice a day and have to leave the tooth paste on my teeth for 30 minutes each time. The PerioRX mouthwash was $15.00.

The visit today was $420.00. Thanks to our dental plan I only had to pay $86.00!!! LORD was I thankful.

I go back late next week for a re-check to make sure the infection is gone. He will also discuss how many teeth exactly he will be pulling out. They are already making the dentures and partial, so that when he pulls out most of my top teeth in the one visit, he will be able to have my new dentures to put in the same day.

He is an excellent dentist and I will never go any where again. The facility is so clean and sterile. Everyone is wonderful, helpful and polite. The dentist wants as much input as I'm willing to ask when it comes to questions. He told me everything he was going to do before he did it. Wow. Why can't there be more dentist like that? Heck I would have gone long ago. But as I said before raising a family, no insurance and only one of use working we just could never make it work.

So I am so very thankful that with the dental insurance I can actually get help. I tell you truthfully my confidence has been shattered since my teeth just started falling out. I am afraid to smile or talk to someone just in case they may see my teeth or lack of them.

I cannot wait till all the work is done and with confidence I can smile and feel good about it once again.

HUGS~To all,


Good Morning Everyone

I pray all is well with everyone. I have missed all of you and your journals. I can't believe that I am 4 days shy of not posting for two-months now!

Mark is doing so well with the management of his diabetes. He went back to the Drs. last week and they are going to start him on just oral meds now! No more insulin pens for Mark! I am really praying that the oral diabetic meds will be all that he will ever need. Mark has made great strides to become more educated with diabetes and how to manage it. I'm so proud of him.

I too am off of the insulin! I am very happy about that. We are both eating better and both of us are losing weight.

I am still missing my precious Laci. I seem to think about her allot still. I still have all of her things and the blankie she use to sleep in. Bella our English springer spaniel was Laci's best friend. Bella took it hard after Laci passed on. Now Bella just seems to cling to me strongly. She never wants to leave my side & follows me from room to room. Which I don't mind at all. I just ache that her best furbaby friend is gone.

Abigail~Bella's daughter is more attached to our cats than she was to Laci. But thank goodness Bella has Abigail.

Here in Florida we have had a very unusually cold Winter. Which is rare for us! Normally in January we are walking around in shorts and regular Spring~Summer out fits. Not this year! Everyone has been wearing long johns, coats and double clothing lol. Were such wimps when we actually get really cold weather lol. Bless all of you who have really had it hard this Winter! We have seen a lot of freezing temperatures and very cold days here. I was thrilled with it. I Love Winter time :). But alas by this coming Thursday we will be climbing into the high 70's *sigh.* Before we know it everyone will be hitting the beaches...including me lol.
I am dreadfully going to the dentist today. I have a bad tooth that started acting up last week. I figured if I baby-ed it-it might subside. NOT, over the weekend *of course* it got worse. It started hurting really bad when I tried eating anything hot or cold and even tepid. I started using the liquid anbesol to try and numb it. It worked a little but wore off quickly. Even the Sensodyne tooth paste wasn't helping. By Sunday night it was hurting me to eat even cream of chicken soup. Yesterday I remembered our daughter had brought home one of those miniature bottles of Bacardi Rum! Yep I started using that to take away the pain. Not drinking it lol, but rubbing it on my gums and tooth. It definitely took the edge off and lasted a lot longer than the Anbesol. I was actually able to eat soft foods without the sensitivity pain yay. So as glad as I will be to get out of pain today, I am a scardy cat when it comes to dentist :).
I'll try and post later today about my adventure at the dentist :).
HUGS~to all,