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Quick entry on dental

Friday, November 12, 2010

Quick update;
I'm feeling better after the root canal on Tuesday but still some swelling and pain so hopefully there's nothing more wrong :) I'll continue on the antibiotics for sure.
Someone asked costwise so here goes:

Endodontist in St. Michael was $1185 ( includes followup in 6 mnths, and the permanent cap put on in the office). I'll pay less since I elected the COBRA dental option ( roughly $27 for dental insurance plus $50 deductible plus 10% of cost of procedure, not to exceed more than $1500 in yearly benefits and phew!)

U of MN dental school:
Was quoted $300-400 for a student, and if the specific tooth needed more attention, etc a graduate student (more advanced?) would be $500-800.. still considerably less than "full price" of other local dentists.

Here's some information from the Star Tribune if you are in the TWIN CITIES:
Dollars & Sense visited six dental schools to extract ways for uninsured, low-income, unemployed or retired Twin Cities area residents to save.

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NATPLUMMER 11/12/2010 9:17AM

    I'm glad the tooth is doing better. You just had surgery so you can expect some pain and swelling. That is normal but should be lessening. Hopefully you won't have a "dry socket" and then have to have iodine packs...yuck!

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/12/2010 6:47AM

    Thanks for sharing that link. I have a fairly high priced dentist and it has cost me about 1200 to 1500 per tooth for crowns and bridges. My insurance only pays up to $1200 per year so that isn't much help when I have more than one tooth to crown in a year.....

You wondered what cavemen did before dentistry? I imagine they pulled out those infected teeth and perhaps died from infections. No caveman probably lived to be as old as me...(I'm 64) but I imagine most were toothless by the age of 40 if they lived that long. Hope your pains are nearly over.

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Painful update

Monday, November 08, 2010

Down 2 pounds from my "my tooth reaaaaaaaaaally hurts" diet. although my appetite was back today ... dang. Only too the painkillers on Saturday.. Sunday I felt so much better because the swelling/infection seemed to be under control.. now today, not as good and its getting progressively worse. I took another Vicodin at 4:30 to see if I could head it off a bit but I already have the hard time swallowing, jaw bone ache, and pain radiating into ear. Sigh. My appointment is tomorrow at 11am, but that's a "consult"... I'm not sure if the dentist will actually FIX anything. I hope so. Murphy's law has this occurring just as my benefits ended on 10/3.. luckily I have the COBRA option for dental so I will be able to do the paperwork and such to continue dental coverage... and the dentist will wait to bill until the end of the month so things don't get screwed up with the insurance so all is()hopefully will be) good.

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/10/2010 7:00AM

    I had a root canal in February of this year cause a tooth died and I was in such horrible pain my dentist opened his office for me on a Sunday. (I am a very good customer!!!)....Things improved so much after he opened up the tooth and cleaned it out. Hope they can do that for you. Otherwise I was offered an implant at the periodontist's office for $7000 per tooth. (I couldn't believe it when they told me that!!!) emoticon

P.S. This was totally out of pocket which was a killer since I had wiped out my insurance coverage in January with a new bridge in the front. So this year I spent $4000 out of pocket just on dental...then there's the $2000 out of pocket for wonder my finances are in a ruinous state!!!

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NATPLUMMER 11/8/2010 9:26PM

    I hope they'll be able to do something for you tomorrow. Yikes, that is no fun! And you know I know it, too!
Luckily you do have the COBRA 'cos root canals are expensive.
I'll keep my fingers crossed that they can help you soon!

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JADEDRIDER180 11/8/2010 6:11PM

    Oh dear! I am so sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. I hope they take pity on you and get that fixed, I hate the insurance system. Good luck to you tomorrow, I hope you can muddle through!


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Long one

Monday, November 08, 2010

I've been talking with BFF lately. She's the one that is laying out my new "non-diet" which I'll posted below.
Every so often she gets upset with me for being overweight because A) I am and B) I'm not doing anything about it. Fair enough! So, she'll invite me to go for walks every so often, or chide me when I reach for seconds ( which only makes it worse but she doesn't get THAT part!) Lately though, she's been concerned about getting in exercise for herself as a way to relief stress and keep on track ( She's a Stick so the exercise isn't for weight loss).
We bought passes for 10 Boxing classes in St. Louis Park, 8 one-hour in-home or at the studio personal training sessions in Maple Grove, AND I went ahead and bought myself a 10pass for Jazzercise in Maple Grove (Bff declined to participate in the Jazzercise!)
I'm stocked up for a bit.

Here's the plan that she put together for me.
It's called "Laura's plan"

Exercise ( 30 min cardio min) 4x per week -

Eat 3 meals per day (keep portions small, have a snack, dinner no later than 6p, balanced meals= fruits & veggies)

Slow down when eating ( don't be the first one done)

Stop eating when you are full

Don't eat a full meal at restaurants (cover plate so you don't keep snacking)

Don't eat when you're on the phone

Don't eat if you are stressed

Don't eat too late in the day

Don't eat unhealthy foods except for special treats.

Don't eat more than 1 special treat per day.

Goal of 50 sit-ups e/o day

Gym membership?- swimming laps

Drink lots of water

So there you have it.. a skinny persons version of a non-calorie counting diet. What do you think???

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NATPLUMMER 11/8/2010 9:24PM

    It looks pretty reasonable, actually. I have to start slowing down myself. I'm pretty good at not eating more than my portion even if I do finish it quickly, though.

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JUSDUCKY 11/8/2010 8:42AM

    I think it's great she's trying to help you. The key is that we all have to change ourselves. YOU have to want it and make it happen. (Not saying I'm perfect! I'm not and I try to get my husband to be healthier all of the time. It's the same story.)
Ask yourself how YOU feel about it.
Good luck! Congratulations on getting the Jazzercise passes! That was ALL you.

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Holy Awesome!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Wow. Who want's to meet me in Chicago @ this diner?!


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Saturday, November 06, 2010

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PPHILLIPS9 11/6/2010 11:16PM

    good luck to you emoticon i voted

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