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!