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posted 10/25/2010 6:58:08 PM |
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Ok, so yall all remember that i used to work in mental health, and it almost drove me crazy (there i go, cracking myself the fuck up again).

then i got my new job, which is the greatest job ive ever had, most of the people we see are at the most 2 appts...for those of you that dont hang on every word regarding my working for an oral the peeps come, he removes wisdom teeth or whatever, they leave and we never see them again.

Until now....this poor lady, age 64 years, and every tooth she has is broken off at the gum line...i wish i had a scanner and i would scan in her xray...fuck hippa....

but that isnt the worse part...on her lower teeth (for anyone that knows about tooth numbers is was #31 or 30) the bottom left wisdom tooth is #32, so count over, anyway, this tooth has so much decay that it has eaten through her jaw bone...and as she was talking to me, a steady stream of yellow pus was draining out of an opening in her chin...yes this ladys tooth was so infected that it broke through her chin and was draining...

I asked my doctor why wasnt she screaming in pain, and he said he didnt know, that prob her teeth had hurt for so long, she didnt know any better.

so i she's just tough"?

he said yes, that was so...

so i said...i guess when you are very very poor, you have no choice but to be tough, trying to remind him that many people live "paycheck to paycheck" and she was broke...but he plans to give her a great break on the prices...

oh, and for anyone that doesnt know...Medicare pays NOTHING on teeth...

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Oct 25 @ 7:03PM  
and OMG....every time she opened her mouth....the foul odor....

Oct 25 @ 7:16PM  
See, this is part of my issue with us being one of the few countries without socialized medicine.. old ladies dying of bad teeth.

Oct 25 @ 7:20PM  
OH and if you get a chance.. give your doc a hug from me.

Oct 25 @ 7:26PM  
uo la la...would i love to do that, my doc is very handsome, my daughter says he should be doing hair product commercials instead of surgery..

and yes, he is a good guy, he will just do what has to be done to releave her pain, and to hell with the price...

dont get me wrong, he will fight for every insurance $$$ available.

Oct 25 @ 7:48PM  
Has anyone paid for Dental work lately?
The cost IF you have crazy...but my dentist..don't care.....Insurance or not...Job or Not... its the same price!!!

Hell... Give your Surgeon a Hug from me also!!!

Oct 25 @ 8:10PM  

I might give him a hug , if he puts the pliars down.

Oct 25 @ 8:11PM  
ahhh toad, im with you...prices at my place

a simple extraction $88.00
surg ext $184.00
soft tissiue $211.00
partial boney impaction $256.00
complete boney impaction $306.00
panaraminic exray $84.00
sedation $245.00

and if you need any type of alveoplasty...oh fuck!

Oct 25 @ 9:41PM  
Oh my God, i think i'll just do the string around the tooth and the door knob trick

Oct 26 @ 9:47AM  
I see things like this and I'm so glad we have a clinic in my area. We have a medical clinic that for a small fee you can get yearly physicals, and if you need things like blood work or x rays done, they do so on a "slide scale", meaning, if your office visit is $30 or less...then you're covered, if your office visit is over that..then the blood work, x rays, etc will cost. I don't know the cost. And we also have a dental clinic where again, it's pretty much the same thing, small office visit pay and most everything is covered. Again, x rays and such are on a slide scale too. Of course, these are on a not so safe side of town..but hey, it's there.

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