Today, I received a call from the clinic at 8:00 a.m. to confirm the afternoon appointment with the doctor. They had called me on Friday and left a message, but by the time I came home after jury duty, it was too late to call them back. I confirmed that I will be there in time for today's appointment.
My appointment was at 1:00 p.m. I was at the clinic with 15 minutes to spare. But, by the time I was checked in, weighed, blood pressure checked etc., and seen by the doctor, it was past 1:30 p.m. My pressure was good and I gave them the record of daily readings I had been keeping, as well. The doctor checked me and signed the medical clearance form. It was close to 2:30 p.m. when I left the clinic.
I came home and had a late lunch. There was an email from my supervisor, so I called her back in response.
Then, I called the dentist's office to tell them I received the medical clearance and to make an appointment. Next week Wednesday was the earliest they could give me and, according to the receptionist, it was for a deep cleaning! Um, what about my extractions? I would have thought the deep cleaning could wait until after the extractions were done! The receptionist said that that was something I'd have to discuss with the dentist, once I see him! Oh, dear! As if things weren't stressful enough!
After all that, I felt sleepy! I tried to stay awake, but gave up and took a nap! From approximately 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.! No doubt that is going to mess up my sleep patterns even more!
Later, I watered the garden, front and back, took the trash cans to the curb, handwashed a few items of clothing, and put away the laundry I had already done. A few hangers have now been put back the normal way, indicating those garments have been worn.
One of my cousins called to tell me about the passing of a family friend and I called her daughter to sympathize with her.
Later, I video chatted with my daughter. She'll be home in time for dinner on Thursday night. She asked for take out from our favorite Thai food place, so I'll pick up our dinner on my way home from work, that day.
It has been another fairly warm day with the highs in the low 90s. It will continue to be in the upper 80s and low 90s for the next 10 days according to the weather forecast. No rain, of course. 0% precipitation, according to the forecast. Summer is here!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The doctor's appointment went well.
- My pressure was good.
- I received my medical clearance.
- The dental appointment has been made, even if it is for a teeth cleaning and not the extractions!
- Early evening naps.
I have not been posting to do lists, lately; time to start posting them again, I think.
Tuesday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Bring the trash cans in
- Change bed sheets and remake beds
- Laundry (bed sheets)
- Freeze the overripe bananas (too hot to bake!)
How was your Monday? Did you have a good start to your week?
Finally dental clearance! So pleased and happy for you. I'd be very tempted to request either the receptionist check with the dentist to clarify that you need the deep cleaning prior to the extractions or that dentist calls you. I wouldn't be happy with the receptionist and her response.ReplyDelete
Yes, Sandy, finally. I wasn't very pleased with the deep cleaning prior to extractions part, myself; I believe I will call back, today, and question it. I've a feeling they are doing that to get more money out of me (and I'll be the one paying, not insurance, because my insurance doesn't cover any of it!)Delete
I'd call the dentist back and be more explicit about the weeks of pain you've been in and the only reason you've haven't been in is because of blood pressure problems. I'd ask for any cancellations and she if insists that you wait to talk to the dentist until you'd come in don't take that as an answer. Tell her to talk to the dentist when he's available and call you back. Since you were just in, I wouldn't think you'd have to have another visit to discuss your extractions. At my dentist, it takes a while to get in for a cleaning, but you can get in much faster for a problem.ReplyDelete
Sorry to sound so bossy, but I want your teeth fixed and the source of pain gone.
No, you are not being bossy. I am too easy going, just accepting what they say and going with it. I will call back and ask for the extractions. I will be paying for much of this out of pocket, anyway, so I think they are just trying to get more money out of me. I might even call the dental insurance people and complain to them.Delete
Phew, I was worried that I had sounded very bossy at well after I left my comment, LOL. I'm glad we both gave her the same advice, sight independently :)Delete
You are both good friends. :)Delete
This is really getting more and more ridiculous. You need to push back! Call the dentist's office, demand to talk to the dentist, explain the timeline of what you've done through so far just to get an appointment this time, stress that you're IN PAIN, and demand that the tooth/teeth be extracted at the next appointment. I've had many teeth extracted, Bless, all of them because I was in pain and there was nothing to be done to save the tooth, according to the dentist(s). I've NEVER had to go what you've been through. Then make sure the person who made the appointment makes sure to note that it's an extraction, not a cleaning. Good luck!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nathalie. I am too easy going for my own good. Especially since a lot of this is not being covered by my insurance, which is apparently, only for maintenance type of dental care! Even the deep cleaning is not covered! I really need to speak up for myself or go find another dentist! But then, I'll have to go through the whole rigmarole, again!Delete
If it had been a while since I had had a cleaning I think I would want to have my teeth deep cleaned before extractions so that they would be doing that with a very clean mouth. It would also give them a chance to check for further progress of infection and decay.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Marylynn. This was my daughter's line of thinking, too, that maybe it is a precaution. It's just that the last time I had an extraction, the dentist - a different dentist at the time - went ahead and extracted the tooth without any cleaning; I had the cleaning done much later. I guess I could go for the cleaning and ask my questions directly from the dentist. Or, perhaps I should see another dentist and get a second opinion?Delete
Oh my - I really hope you are able to get through to them that you are coming in to have a painful tooth seen to and not to have your teeth cleaned! You have waited so long already.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Debra. I really hope it all resolves itself. In the meantime, I am considering seeing another dentist and getting a 2nd opinion.Delete
Dentist/doctors....oh my.. Wonder how such smart people can make such an ordeal . You would think that being in pain with that tooth, would make it priority number one?/ So sorry BLess.. Maybe he will make them give you an appointment soon.Praying.ReplyDelete
So happy daughter is coming home..Know you two will have a fun visit.. hugs.
Thank you, Judy. It seems we have to jump through the hoops, no matter what! I am not very good at jumping through hoops, though. Yes, looking forward to her visit. :) Hope you are feeling well. Take care of yourself.Delete
That's great news about your medical clearance, I do hope they now get on with the work as soon as possible. You've been putting up with the discomfort for far too long now. It should be their priority.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry to read about your family friend. X
Thank you, Jules. I am thinking of going to my cousin's dentist for a second opinion, but I think things will work out, eventually.Delete
It seems the older generation is slowly passing on. As my cousin says, soon, we will be the older generation.