Went to Pt 1st

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by klmno, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    If the thread yesterday wasn't enough to scare the bejeebies out of me, and apaprently it wasn't because I put it off another day, waking up this morniing to worse swelling and feeling something like a huge blister on my gum, then looking at photos of oral cancer to see if I could diagnosis it (HA), did the trick.

    The dr said the abscess had moved up my gum and rx'd an antibiotic and pain killers. I didn't get the painkillers filled- I have a few left over from last winter and it's the same thing so I figure this way, I doon't end up with too many of these medications in the house. He told me I better get this taken care of before the infection gets in the bone and that would require surgery that would basicly result in disfigurement. I was so paranoid by that point I was asking him if it might already be that bad or could it be cancer. No and No. Good.

    He told me there is now a place called "dentist 1st" or something like that- although no connection to pt 1st they run the dentist in a box, I guess. He sent them a referral. He's about convinced me to forego the washer and dryer for now and get this taken care of. There's no alternative, really. It sure isn't going to just fall out like I'd hoped. If they do dental-in-the-box treatment, take ins, and will still let me pay difference for being 'put out' more then just local anesthesia, I'll do that. If nothing else, this might be a better way to get a referral to a specialist. Thee nest issue is going to be taking a taxi there and trusting a txi to bring me right home when I'm half out of it and based on how I was after I had my wisom teeth cut out, I apparently get a little beligerent for a while after I'm put out like that.

    Thank all of you for caring- as you know, I get quite cranky when I don't feel well and am depressed for other reasons lately anyway. For some reason, being in a coma didn't sound so bad yesterday, as odd as that might be. Facing the possibility (so I thought) that half my face might be removed and that would be tons of surgery, on top of who knows what else, scared tthe koi out of me!
     
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2011
  2. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    LOL on the belligerent. Im sure someone at the dental office can arrange for the taxi to bring you home. Go get that tooth fixed!
     
  3. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I was editing my first post to add a thank you to everyone when you posted. I'll see if I can get it out soon. I have to wait a few days before doing anything right now though- the dr said the infection is too bad.

    I got the rx for the antibiotic filled at walmart and shopped for quick & easy, soft comfort food while they were filling it. He told me to double up on the first dose, then take a third pill before bedtime. I'm thinking that and some shrimp cocktail or brie should make me feel a little better. LOL! I'm going to take off work tomorrow though.
     
  4. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    I'll be wishing the best for you. I've had some bad ones but never to that degree, you have my sympathies.
     
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    thank you! I'm sure it will be ok after a couple of days now that I'm on medications. But this definitely was a wake-up call. And all I could think before going to dr was "OMG, what if it is cancer but wouldn't have become cancerous if I'd gotten my rear to a dr and had this tooth taken out long ago". So yeah, I think I finally get the point.
     
  6. buddy

    buddy New Member

    hope it feels better soon, I know I have tons to get done too....but no chance of it yet... I asked again, went thru the phn but nothing yet....
     
  7. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    No idea you were not well, but teeth are NOTHING to mess around with. Infections get into the blood stream really quick from there. SO take care, and take care. And if you're cranky? Well then just take a roll of ace wrap with you and have them apply that around and around and around your face - kinda like the mummy - and then just tell them to take $50 out of your wallet - pay the cabbie, put you in the cab, get a driver they can trust - (and you) and make sure he escorts you to the door....

    Feel better soon.
    Hugs
     
  8. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    And just where do I find someone to come over here and tolerate me, while pampering me and nurturing me back to health and my illusion of normalcy, after that taxi drops me off? LOL!
     
  9. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    Well if ya got that ACE wrap on.....and I had time off work........(snort) eh et ettttt ahem..

    I mean.....RAOULLLLLLLLLLLLLL your services are needed mi amigo por favor senior.
     
  10. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    :rofl:

    I don't speak any foreign language so maybe there's a chance this could work....
     
  11. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    I figure if you can snap, and point? YOU got a man servant at your beck and call. Or rather at your point and snap.
     
  12. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    I can snap and point, can I borrow him when she's better?
     
  13. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    And suddenly, for no apparent reason, she seems to have become motivated.

    :)
     
  14. ThreeShadows

    ThreeShadows Quid me anxia?

    Where do you live now? I'm in Harford county, MD. I'll come over and hold your hand. Can't do it Christmas day, it's husband's b'day. I'll beat your rear end if you don't get this taken care of.
     
  15. ThreeShadows

    ThreeShadows Quid me anxia?

    I hope you realize that not one of us is really totally alone, not since we found this place.
     
  16. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    How sweet, Tourette's Syndrome! I'm not close enough to MD to make that feasible but I'd sure love to meet up with you someday- when I'm in decent health. thank you for the reminder that we all have cyber-friends here.

    Maybe those who read this thread should prepare themselves for the day I come home after all this and start griping about everything under the sun. Maybe they could just respond and tell me to go to sleep then eat or drink fluids and then delete that thread. LOL!
     
  17. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Congrats on making the best decision. I am totally dentalphobic (if there is such a word) so I understand it was difficult to take the first step. on the other hand, having been there done that it simply is not possible to think or pray away that problem. I "think" I had to take antibiotics for a week before surgery. After a week of medications the swelling/discomfort ebbed and I had a hard time following thru since I wasn't in pain. Yikes!
    You've made the right choice. What a shame it is that dental care is so pricey and often uncovered by insurance. Hugs. DDD
     
  18. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Normally, unless you are like me, the issues with pain and discomfort are much less once the tooth is out. I, on the other hand, am in agony for at least a week after the danged thing is out too. Ticks me off no end.

    Tony can go get his teeth pulled and he is fine once the offending teeth are out of his head. He normally has to take one pain pill as the novacaine wears off but after that he is fine and dandy. Im in bed for a week face swelled up, taking pain medications all the time. Its awful.
     
  19. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I am glad you saw a doctor about this.

    I am looking for some help on this myself. Our dental plan is basically that any emergency extraction will be done but nothing else is covered. So I am looking for the cheapest or free dental places I can find too.

    (((((hugs))))) I am incredibly phobic about the dentist myself. Comes from 13 yrs of seeing a dentist who didn't believe in novacaine or gas. I hope you get this fixed soon.
     
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