Friday, May 5, 2017

Repair Crews and Dental Appointment on Thursday

On Thursday, the telephone repair crews came out to access the damage and repair the phone wires that had been damaged from the fire.  I have one of the telephone poles in my backyard, so I had to leave my gate open for them to have access to the pole.

Telephone Wires Being Replaced
There were 5 repair vehicles parked on my street, all day.  Neighbor T was not the only one to have lost phone connections!  The repair crew told me they had to replace the wires and cables on three telephone poles.  They worked in the 90+F degree heat all day and late into the evening, until almost 9:00 p.m.!

Craig, who came out first, in the morning, around 9:00 a.m., to assess the damage, told me I was a sweetheart and, after asking me permission to do so, gave me a hug before he left!  LOL.  Anthony, who was the last to leave, confided his wife had made him chicken marsala for dinner, when I expressed concern about him working till nearly 9:00 p.m. without dinner.  I was still without internet service and TV, when they left, because they hadn't been able to finish splicing the cables and doing their repairs.

In the afternoon, I went to my dental appointment.  They took X-rays and the dentist told me all what was wrong with my teeth and what he recommended I did!  Unfortunately, hardly any of it is covered under my current dental insurance plan!  When I received the estimate for all the recommended treatment, I nearly had a heart attack!  I walked out of the dental clinic in a daze!

For now, the dentist prescribed antibiotics for the inflammation and told me, that due to all my medical conditions, I needed to get a medical authorization for treatment from my doctor before he can do anything.  I have a form I need to take to my doctor for her to sign. and fax back to him.

Once they receive the signed form, they will schedule another appointment for treatment.  I will talk to the dentist and have the necessary immediate treatments done and ask if we can wait for the rest to be done later.  I am hoping that I would be able to switch my insurance to a different plan (if available) when open enrollment takes place in October.   It won't go into effect until January 2018, but, if they cover at least some of the procedures, then, I'm thinking it'll be worth the wait. 

After the dental appointment, I went to the pharmacy to have my prescription filled.  Then, came home and spent a quiet evening reading and listening to the radio (I have a favorite oldies station).  It reminded me of when I was a teenager, since I didn't have TV or internet, back then, and evenings were spent reading and listening to the same music!  Only, back then, the songs weren't considered as oldies, but current pop songs!  LOL.

Once again, I couldn't video chat with my daughter, but we texted and phoned.  She told me the good news that she'll be able to visit me next weekend for Mother's Day!  I wasn't expecting her to come down until end of June, so that was a very pleasant surprise!

On Thursday, I was grateful for:
- At least some insurance coverage!
- Antibiotics
- Daughter will visit for Mother's Day
- Library books
- Radio stations that play oldies music!




16 comments:

  1. That's very hot weather for the repair crew to be working in. They seem to be putting things right fairly quickly anyway. Hopefully your internet will be up and running soon enough, then you can see your daughter.
    I hope the antibiotics work their magic but please don't put off any further treatment if it becomes necessary. Dental bills are expensive but I don't want to think of you in any discomfort.
    And yes, you are a sweetheart. 💟

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    1. Yes, it was a hot day, yesterday (cooler, today, though). I do have internet, now, and yes, I've been video chatting with daughter.

      Don't worry, I will get the needed dental services done. My fault for not realizing the dental insurance I had didn't cover much, but at the time of insurance renewal, I was still recovering from the cancer treatments and wasn't thinking too clearly!

      Thank you! :)

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  2. Dental work is very expensive even with insurance. I know most dentists have some kind of payment plan because of that.

    Glad youre internet is back.

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    1. Yes; I will definitely check with the dentist's office to see what accommodations can be made.

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  3. There's always something that isn't covered on insurance and it's usually the thing you need! My dentist wouldn't even clean my teeth for 12 months after the HA because of the medication I was on. It was to do with the gums bleeding I think so I'm glad your dentist is ensuring you're fit and well before starting any treatment. xx

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    1. "There's always something that isn't covered on insurance and it's usually the thing you need!" Isn't that the truth?!

      Yes, the medical clearance form lists all the medications I'll be receiving during the course of dental treatments and the doctor will have to approve them. I think the dentist is required to do so for legal/malpractice protection!

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  4. I think a lot of dental insurance does not cover extensive treatment, mostly just very basic procedures. Many of the plans that I looked at following retirement were simply not worth the cost so I make sure I go to the dentist every 6 months, brush my teeth every time I eat any food and this goes back to when I wore braces as a young adult. I do not like the feel of any food that may catch in your teeth. If at all possible I'd get all the needed work done as quickly as possible as I believe this can affect your overall health. Talk this over with your daughter and get her opinion.

    Lovely to hear your daughter will be home soon.

    Sandy

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    1. Yes, I will definitely talk it over with my daughter and my other medical providers, as well, and do what is needed. :)

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  5. Marylynn CaldwellMay 6, 2017 at 5:53 AM

    Because of your medical condition you might want to check to see if your medical insurance will cover at least part of it.

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    1. That's a good suggestion, Marylynn! Thank you! I will. :)

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  6. Your daughter is coming for Mother's Day. How wonderful. What a lovely gift. By then, the antibiotics will have worked their magic and you will be feeling 100% better.

    Yes, I am sure you will have to have that one tooth taken care of, but I am also sure you can probably hold off on getting that other work done for a little while.

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing daughter again, as I haven't seen her since early March. :)

      Yes, my plan is to get the essential dental work taken care of and wait on what can be done later. I was told that several months will need to pass before some procedures can be done, anyway, to give time for things to heal, so, if I have to wait a little longer until the new insurance takes effect, it should still be OK, I hope!

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  7. I hope you are able to wait for the new dental coverage without being in pain my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I will pay out of pocket, if I have to, for the treatments, but if I can wait, then, that would be a good thing.

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  8. SO sorry about the damage you all have had.. Proud they are getting it repaired.
    HAPPY..HAPPY....HAPPPY daughter is going to get to come home for Mothers day.. What better present could we receive.. hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Judy. Hope you, too, will be able to get together with your children for Mother's Day.

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