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I Am Really Worn Out and Upcoming Dental Expenses

May 10th, 2017 at 09:48 pm

I don't know what is going on with my body, but I am so tired it is ridiculous. I'm having trouble sleeping even with sleeping pills and get about 4 hours a night. It is a little crazy making after a week. I'm also so swollen my feet don't fit into my tennis shoes or loafers. I am having to wear my flip flops. My calves AND my shins are bulging with retained water and I have no ankle bones sticking out of my ankles right now. My hands look really bad and I've gone up 3 rings sizes in 2 days. I had to take off my rings.

My blood pressure is normal, though. I have to take it daily to monitor myself as I am on medication for high blood pressure. I did pick up some OTC water pills, though, because clearly the one in my medication is not doing its job right now. My skin just feels so tight, like I'm going to burst out of it, like a sausage explodes out of its casing. I am making sure to drink lots of water, though, as the body doesn't release water unless you drink it. I am also being careful to avoid salt.

I still haven't heard from the rheumatologist yet. I hope they call soon. It took 2 weeks between when my daughter was referred and they called to schedule an appointment. And they are very don't call us, we'll call you for making the first appointment. It's not an insurance hold up, either, because the insurance does not require a referral. The rheumatologist does. I'd really like to get going on it, but as per usual, I wait.

I have two payday reports I need to do, but I haven't had the motivation to do it, and honestly, I am so out of the habit after 9 months with no income coming in. I have kept my spreadsheets updated pretty well, though. Even with my brain in fogland every morning.

DD is going to get her baby tooth pulled in two weeks, which is the soonest we could get her scheduled. It suddenly started to hurt a lot. We were trying to wait until we had dental insurance again, but that was only if she wasn't in pain. This is a molar that never developed an adult tooth underneath it to push it out.

The cost of the extraction is $265 so we decided to go ahead with it. Then in 3 months when we will have insurance, she can have an implant put in. It is $1065 and the insurance will probably cover it at 50%, so our portion will be $532.50. The dentist says if the implant does not go in immediately it has to wait 3 to 6 months to heal up first.

It is going to be a busy next couple of weeks and I am so glad that DH will be home soon. He comes in Thursday at midnight, which means he's taking a cab home. I won't drive that late at night in that area of town. Well, not the airport itself, but the area nearby is a little unsavory. I'd have to drive through the unsavory part to get to the airport and I'm not doing that. Either that or take the freeway and I don't drive on the freeway at night anymore as I don't have the best night vision to be going 60 miles per hour.

I wish I could post something that is not all full of complaining about my health, but I've got to vent somewhere and it does cause a lot of expenses. So be it, I guess.

9 Responses to “I Am Really Worn Out and Upcoming Dental Expenses”

  1. Carol Says:

    That excess water sounds very concerning. Not to cost you more expense, but maybe you should at least call your primary care.
    Re the salt. I watch it too, but there was an article this week that we may not understand it right. I have to re-read it. New York Times, I think.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so sorry for your health troubles. The excess swelling doesn't sound good. Hang in there LR!

  3. greenleaf Says:

    If this swelling is abnormal for you, you should be seen. I would not rely on over the counter fluid pills unless you are certain of your diagnosis. If your doctor doesn't already have you doing it, it's helpful to weigh yourself daily while you are having fluid issues to quantify the problem. ("I've put on a lot of fluid" vs "I've gained 20 l bs in one week," etc)

    Hope you feel better

  4. Bluebird Says:

    I hope you can see your doctor soon. Feel better!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I did talk to my doctor about it. Since my blood pressure is fine, he just said to keep taking the OTC water pills but to double the dosage and see if it helps after a few days, then if not to come in. So I took double the pills this morning and it seems to be helping. My hands are almost back to normal. Still carrying fluid in my legs, ankles, and feet, but was able to wear my regular shoes this afternoon. So I think it is working.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Yikes, Robin. Glad you talked to the doctor. I agree--it would be prudent to track your weight while this is happening. My doctor has started allowing patients to snap photos of their symptoms to aid in diagnosis without going in.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    I'm sorry you're having to go thru this. Doesn't sound like fun. I don't really understand what is causing this, or what OTC water pills do, exactly, but I guess doc knows what he's talking about?

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow, definitely sounds as though you're having a tough go of it. Hope things continue to improve.

  9. LuckyRobin Says:

    PS--Water pills are diurectics. They flush fluid from your system.

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