My First Dental Appointment In 10 Years, Game Plan For My Teeth, And A Toe Update

Yup. You read that right. Until yesterday I hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years. I got my bottom set of wisdom teeth removed when I was 16, and that was it. Mostly because dental work is freaking expensive. Actually healthcare in general here in the USA is freaking expensive and the whole system, including insurance, can be pretty dumb. Hence the reason I haven’t been to a dentist in 10 years or to a GP in 4 years. I do got to the gynecologist once a year though. That is 100% covered by my insurance, including birth control (as long as I get the generic brand. I’m pretty sure I’d have to pay a little bit to get the name brand. But the generic works for me, so I’m gonna continue having my insurance pay for it). So at least there’s that!

Anyway, my teeth are kinda bad haha. When I was a teenager I didn’t exactly take care of them…I try to take better care of them now, but maybe it’s just too little, too late. My mom’s also told me that my dad’s teeth aren’t so great either, so I might have inherited that from him. Either way, they aren’t great and I’ve had a few (one in particular) that are getting particularly bad. Bad enough that I absolutely had to get them looked at. So finally got a dentist appointment set up to look and the problem, assess what needs to be done, and then refer me to a specialist. Good thing that got set up when it did, because a few days later things really started going downhill for me.

The particularly bad tooth was definitely infected. That was something I was almost positive of. And then on Saturday I got a fever and the pain in that tooth was so bad that I couldn’t really eat much. But since I had a fever I didn’t really feel like eating anyway. Luckily it wasn’t a high fever or anything, although I had terrible body aches. I think they might have been the worst I’ve ever had! My temperature finally came down to my normal of 97.5 on Sunday, so thank goodness that was short lived, but I still couldn’t really eat much. Sad face…

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My fever on Sunday only got up to 101.7. So not too bad. Haha as a kid I was notorious for getting super high fevers (I’m talking 104, 105 degrees) and I was worried about it getting super high and that would have been terrible.

On Monday I was still having trouble eating, but I saw the dentist at 2 pm and he solved that problem for me haha! But first I got a few x-rays taken of my problem teeth, he look at those and at the teeth themselves and told me what was up and what my options were. After much discussion about what our insurance will or will not cover, and how much money our insurance will actually pay, we finally had a game plan. So, I need two root canals, one extraction, and some other minor work. But I cannot afford to get that all done at once. So for now I’m going to get a root canal and then a crown done in the tooth that’s really causing me problems, then wait a year until our insurance will reset and we’ll have more money available through them, and then get the second root canal done, and then just go from there. So at least we have a plan! 🙂

So the dentist has referred me to a specialist to get the root canal done, so I need to set that up, but for now he’s put me on antibiotics and pain meds. Specifically, I’m supposed to be taking clidamycin once every 8 hours, and a hydrocodone every 4-6 hours as needed. First off, I didn’t realize he was gonna prescribe me pain meds! I figured he’d tell me to just keep taking ibuprofen. Although, the problem with pain meds is that I don’t like taking them haha. Back when I was 13 and had an appendectomy the hospital sent me home with codeine that I took maybe once or twice. I just didn’t like the way it made me feel. And when I was 16 I had my wisdom teeth they sent me home with Vicodin. I took that twice. It made me puke both times, and I hate puking more than anything in the world, so after that I stopped taking it and just suffered through the pain. That was kinda terrible, but I lived haha. So at first I was kinda skeptical about taking the hydrocodone, but I really wanted to eat, so I took one last night and holy cow did it work!!

Initally right after I took it I was kinda freaking out (hello anxiety) thanks to all of the issues pain meds have given me before. But after about half an hour I felt pretty darn great!! Hydrocodone makes one of my sisters really loopy (she had to take it for her hip dysplasia) so I was wondering if I was going to get the same affect. I didn’t though. I was just felt super float-y and calm and kinda dizzy. But not bad dizzy. It was the dizzy feeling you get when you’re drunk, but without all the grossness that comes after that hahaha. Not gonna lie, it was a fun experience. I think mostly because it did kinda shut my anxiety up for a little bit. Oh and I was finally able to eat, so that was fucking great!! It also made my probably broken toe feel really good too, so that was a nice little benefit. 🙂 But so far I just took the one at around 3:40 pm yesterday and I’m still pretty much pain free in my tooth, so that’s pretty freaking great. But I’m sure the antibiotics are kicking in and helping that situation as well.

But unfortunalty, I had to stop taking the antibiotics after 2 whole doses (one last night and one this morning). So, I’m allergic to penicillin. I learned that when I was in the hospital after my appendectomy. It made me break out into hives. Which of course I informed the dentist of, hence the clindamycin. But it turns out I’m allergic to that too. A few hours after taking my second dose this morning I started breaking out in a rash. It’s not too bad, but it itches and is super annoying… So I called the pharmacist and then the dentist earlier and they both put me down as allergic to it in their records and now the dentist is calling the pharmacist to try to figure out what I should take, and I guess one of them will call be back when they do. Damn…I was so prepared too! I’ve got this gross probiotic supplement that I’ve taken twice now, and  also have some greek yogurt on the ready too. Haha oh well, at least I’ll be prepared for when they figure out another kind of antibiotic to give me.

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Finn thought he wanted some of this gross probiotic supplement. Finn was wrong.

And on top of all of that, my toe is probably broken. Well, I’m thinking I probably just fractured it, but either way, I’m just having all sorts of fun right now…So the toe thing happened last Wednesday, when I slipped, fell, and hit it on the edge of my couch. Oh and then ran 4 miles on it because initially it only hurt a little bit and wasn’t bruised or swollen or anything. That was probably a bad idea and I haven’t run since. I have been able to stationary bike a bit though, so at least there’s that. 🙂 Today most of the swelling has gone down, but it’s still really really bruised. Haha but it doesn’t hurt at all this morning. Thanks hydrocodone!! I’ve been doing my best to stay off of it, icing it, keeping it elevated, and taping it to the toe next to it. So hopefully it’ll heal quickly. But so far it seems to be taking it’s sweet time…

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Haha see that purple line going down my toe? I’m pretty sure that’s the exact spot my poor toe hit the couch. 🙂

So in hopes to speed up the healing process I made some bone broth over the weekend, using the recipe from Run Fast Eat Slow. I’ve just been drinking it by it’s self, and it is really really good!! Not sure if it’s actually going to help speed up the healing process or not, but it’s suppsed to be full of calcium, magnesium, collagen, and all sorts of other good stuff, so I figure it just might help. 😉

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So yeah, that’s my life currently. I’ve got a probably fractured toe, a definitely infected tooth (which is getting taken care of soon), and now I’m having an allergic reaction to my antibiotics, which I’ve had to stop taking. Oh man I’m having a hell of a time right now…

I suppose now I’m gonna go slather myself in topical benadryl because I don’t have the oral kind, and cannot go obtain any because my husband and I only have one car, and he’s at work. And wait and see what kind of antibiotic they’re planning on trying on me next…Hopefully they’ll find one that works for me.

I hope you’re Tuesday is fantastic!

~Ashley

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11 thoughts on “My First Dental Appointment In 10 Years, Game Plan For My Teeth, And A Toe Update

  1. vtgem24

    Gah I feel for you! I hope your toe is okay and things start looking up for you. I’m allergic to penicillin too. Also, I broke my foot in dance class last Thursday (fifth metatarsal). Luckily, they say no surgery, but unfortunately, I have to wear a boot for 6-8 weeks and use crutches for a bit. No dancing, running, or lifting (but best believe I will still figure out an upper body and core workout at the gym!). I’m crushed! I was just starting to get into a good running routine, too. Best of luck to you. 🙂

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Ah man, that sucks. But I’m sure once you’re well again you’ll be able to get back into a running routine! That’s my plan as well! Work on my upper body, and I can use my stationary bike without any issues, so I’ve got that going for me as well. Same to you, friend! 😄

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  2. Casper O' Hane

    Daaang I hope you get well soon. You know at my ripe old age of 18 I have never once taken antibiotics. I got mild tonsillitis once but it went away with goldenseal, echinacea, and colloidal silver. Lucky me I guess. But I’m sure I can’t avoid them forever.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Thank you!! I’ve only had to be on antibiotics a few times in my life. Once when I was like 3 or 4 and had an awful bladder infection. I don’t remember any of that though lol. Then I had them after my appendectomy, obviously. I was also prescribed them after I got my bottom wisdom teeth taken out when I was 16. I never took them though. Lol I hate taking medication unless I absolutely have too, and it didn’t seem necessary to me then and everything healed up perfectly fine. Probably not, unfortunately. But I’d say you’re doing well if you’ve avoided them for this long!

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  3. ariscott

    Ugh, so sorry you’re going through all of this! The dental stuff is the worst. I also did not go to the dentist for years because I didn’t have dental insurance, and I paid the price by having two (back, upper) infected teeth that needed root canals. I wound up choosing to have both extracted – less fuss, and they’re way in the back so I barely notice they’re gone. But I learned my lesson. I go regularly now (and luckily have insurance now too). Better that than lose more teeth down the road. I hope everything heals soon!

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Yeah, I’ve got one in the back that I’m gonna end up having extracted. But it’s just gonna have to wait for a while lol. I need another root canal and I’m going to have to wait until next year to get it done when I’ll have more money through my insurance. Thank you!! So far so good! 😊

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      1. ariscott

        For a little while when I didn’t have insurance, I went to NYU’s dental school students – it’s this pretty popular system where dental school students work on patients for much lower prices with the aid of an instructor. It’s hit or miss but one guy I had was great. Not sure if there are any schools like that around you that might offer a similar thing? Unless you can wait!

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      2. Ashley Dailey Post author

        Unfortunately I don’t think there are (although I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to ask my dentist next time I see him). I live in an area where a bunch of big corporation are. Things like Garmin, Tyson, and a bunch of engineering firms, either have big offices or their world headquarters here. That means a bunch of old, rich dudes live here, drive Porsche’s, live in million dollar homes, and drive up the standard of living for everyone. Everything is ridiculously over priced and medical professionals (including dentists) seem to be less willing to do any kind of payment plans and expect payment right then and there. It’s kinda crazy. The specialist who did my root canal kinda seemed take aback that I wasn’t willing to have both done at the same time because I just couldn’t pay for it. I’m originally from the St. Louis area and I’ve never experienced anything like this there….honestly it kinda sucks. Don’t even get me started on taxes in this fucking county.

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