This morning I have to go to the dentist because I broke a tooth all the way to the root. We’re not busy right now, but we’re down some people. My best wish is that the extraction doesn’t take so much out of me that I can’t come back to work. I arrived at the office around 7:30, and I got to speak to the doctor directly because the staff hadn’t arrived. He personally looked at his schedule and said that if I was in pain, he’d try to get me in as soon as possible. I said, “do you recommend narcotics, or will I be okay with ibuprofen?” He said that he’d have to wait until he got down in there to be able to see what was wrong. I don’t want to think about not coming back to work, but at the same time, I’m not going to take calls while I’m a) in pain b) high as a kite. I think that would be, in the vernacular, a “career limiting move.”
It’s about 20 minutes until my appointment, and now I am getting nervous. I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time- partially because I’ve been uninsured for a long time and partially because I am deathly afraid of what it will cost regardless of whether I have insurance or not.
An extraction with insurance shouldn’t be that bad, which is why I decided to go ahead and do it. Well, that and I am in excruciating pain. Yeah, that too.