Having my body battered in an accident has certainly taught me to be more cautious. I also have to think that the yoga classes I have been taking are helping. I really feel as though my balance has improved...and maybe not just in the physical sense.
My bruises have faded. I can still feel a small lump over my left eye, another on my lip. My face is tender just under the left cheek bone but it doesn't seem swollen. My left knee is still my souvenir of the smash on the pavement. It still needs time to heal. I am really hoping it is not going to be one of those weather-predicting joints. Nothing was torn or broken but the swelling is still evident and it really does not like dampness right now.
The folks at the ER had given me a name of a doctor to contact for follow-up. I really didn't feel the need, but his office called and I decided to make an appointment just to establish myself as a patient with a doctor here in Florida.
I went the other day. A nurse took my history and blood pressure. The doctor came in and glanced over the history, listened to my heart, and said, "Why are you here? You look perfectly healthy." Total time in the office was less than 15 minutes but the charge was over $250. Thank God for insurance. Even though I hate insurance as a concept.
I don't have dental insurance. Usually, I pay in a year (for my two cleanings) what I would have to shell out per month to have dental insurance. However, I did pop a cap off in December and then a large filling that sits on top of a broken front tooth like a cap but is really not. Those two incidents upped my dental outlay by a good deal. I did get a great deal on my dental x-rays at the dentist here in FL, but after my initial visit, they did call me in for a consult.
This is a sad story. I have nine old fillings, still the silver stuff that they don't use anymore. They should be replaced with resin because the old stuff can crack and allow decay to happen. $195 to $235 per tooth.
Then there are my crooked and ragged teeth. They recommend Invisalign orthodontia and veneers on four front teeth. Estimate of cost altogether: $8,565!
And beyond that, they would like to refer for a sleep study. Imprints of teeth on the sides of my tongue are a sign of possible sleep apnea. They have an appliance to fix that.
Have I thought about whitening? Every one wants whiter teeth. Not me. I am never smiling again! And the office is offering a special on botox injections this month.
Yikes. I have had an overbite for 65 years. Do I really need to be worrying about it now? And if I got rid of facial wrinkles my head would definitely look weird on my wrinkled body.