Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dirty rotten awful luck!

Remember last week when I took a personal day off work to go to the dentist? And how I said that "even being at the dentist is better than my job"? Well the joke's on me!

I had two fillings done that day, and one of them was much deeper than the dentist originally thought. It had to be filled very close to the nerve. And ever since that day, I've had pain in my upper jaw that radiates up into the sinus cavity behind my right eye. After giving the filling a few days to settle, and still having pain, I went back to the dentist on Tuesday so he could check things out.

Turns out the nerve is unsettled because of the filling being right alongside it. The only advice they could give me was to wait another week or so to see if it settles on it's own....and if it doesn't, I'll have to have a root canal.

Now, that's bad enough, but there's another problem: Gregg and I are supposed to go on vacation next weekend to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We have a week off work and were planning to go to the Outer Banks of NC. I kept meaning to blog about what an amazing place this chain of barrier islands off the coast is, and how much I've been looking forward to the trip, and then the dental drama began to unfold!

Now I'm afraid to reserve the hotel room we want (and possibly lose a good bit of money) because who wants to go on vacation with a toothache? I'd rather reschedule the whole trip than to be in pain while we're there. And there's not time to get a root canal appointment beforehand, not to mention how much a root canal costs (even with dental insurance covering half ).

When I left the dentist's office, I sat in my car and cried. It wasn't a good day.

We're being forced to take a "wait and see" approach. My tooth was a bit better yesterday, giving me some hope that it's settling on it's own, although it was aching again when I woke up this morning. If we end up getting to go on our trip, I'm afraid that postponing reserving a room may mean we don't get the one I had picked out. It's the height of the summer vacation season, after all, but who wants to risk losing a room deposit?

To top off what a lovely week I'm having, when I got home last night we discovered that our air conditioning is broken again. The repair man is coming out later today, but we had a rough time trying to sleep last night. I think yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far.

So that's been my week.


  1. This just reinforces why I have very little to do with dentists.

    1. I think you're probably wise, Cro. Torturers, one and all.

  2. I've not been to the dentist's in years - I know I should go for regularly check-ups, but I've never had much trouble with my teeth (two small fillings in 48 years) and hope it'll stay that way...
    I think I would have cried, too, after the second appointment, how frustrating and painful - in more than one way...

    Height of the summer vacation season? Wow, it starts early in your part of the world. Here, July/August are the months where most people go on holiday. And we probably never reach the temperatures you do, as nobody I know has air conditioning in their home. All I need to do is keep the bedroom window open at night.

    1. Yesterday when the repairman came out to fix our a/c, it was 98°F and very humid outside. You can't live without a/c here!

    2. I just converted that...36°C. The heat here is awful!

  3. What rotten luck Jennifer. I hope that tooth does settle down.

  4. Goodness, I hope you feel better soon and can go on vacation.
    I understand about heat .... it will be 108 there today.
    Hot Hot Hot

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish