Monday, August 18, 2008

The dental debacle...

Well, this whole broken tooth thing with Dave hasn't exactly reassured either of us that dental practices have improved much in the past 25-35 years...

Dave went off to see his parents recommended dentist and came home with tooth in tact three weeks ago because he had an infection which needed to be cleared up before any procedure could be undertaken...

He was scheduled to see the dentist again a fortnight later, and in the meantime he needed to get full mouth xrays, despite having had xrays at the dentist office on the morning of that initial appointment...

So, last Monday he went back again. Only to return home again with the tooth in tact. The repeat prescription for the ABs he's already had before seeing the dentist the first time hadn't done anything much to the infection (though Dave wasn't feeling the symptoms of that infection anymore, thank goodness). Dave had already suggested to the dentist at the previous appointment that it might be a good idea to prescribe a new variety of ABs seeing as they hadn't managed to clear up the infection first time around, but the dentist didn't seem to think that was necessary, then...

As well as the infection still being present, the new xrays revealed that the roots of the broken tooth were invading Dave's antrum on that side of his face, and so the dentist didn't feel confident doing the extraction himself, as he felt he might cause more damage than anything else. So, he gave Dave the new AB prescription he'd asked for the previous fortnight, and referred Dave to a dental surgeon in the city.

Dave next appointment was for 10.45am this morning... At 9.05am, the dental secretary calls to ask if Dave could possibly get into the offices by 10am - well, no, that wasn't going to happen. So then she wants him to come in at 12.45pm instead because she doesn't want him to have to sit around waiting for two hours because the dental surgeon has been schedule to do surgery at the hospital across the road. So, I call Dave and he agrees, reluctantly, to take the later appointment. This means he will miss the entire day's work... So, I ring the secretary back and she says, "Thank you! If it makes you feel any better this means someone else will get their surgery today!"

Well, whoop-de-doo! And Dave will lose $100 bucks worth of wages, I certainly hope the other person is grateful to us!!!

Oh, and I haven't told you guys the best bit yet... With all this tooing and froing, Dave has totally lost his nerve wrt having the surgery anyway. His plan for today is to go in, let the surgeon look at his tooth and explain to him exactly what she is going to need to do, and how long it'll take him to recover, and then he's going to tell her that he doesn't have time for a such a protracted event atm, due to work pressures (partly true, but sheesh, there will NEVER be time for this)...

I had asked him when he thought there might be time... His brilliant reply? "Mid to late October, after the diaries have gone out..."

Yes, hmmm, one little thing I'd like to bring your attention to there, Dave...

WE'RE HAVING A BABY IN MID TO LATE OCTOBER AND I CERTAINLY DON'T NEED TO BE PLAY NURSE MAID TO YOU WHILE TRYING TO BIRTH AND CARE FOR AN INFANT!!!

3 comments:

Amanda O. said...

Ah, men. Such keen grasps of the blatently obvious. *cough*

In all seriousness though, if there is an infection in there and the ABs aren't fully clearing it out, it's not something to fool with. My fathers friend Rob did much the same - too busy running his business to take time off for a tooth infection, had a couple rounds of antibiotics which solved it enough he wasn't hurting enough to go in until he didn't get a choice as the infection went to the blood, cause some heart troubles and went from the ER to hospitalized for about a month, part of that in intensive care. Much nastier business than the original dental surgery and not something either of you want to deal with I'm sure.

Clel said...

I had a patient (for a totally unrelated genetic issue) with EXACTLY the same story, Amanda. I think it is a real risk.

Ah, just show Dave the comments, Sif ;)

Juniper said...

OMG, what a rigmarole! Frustrating about the dentists not having their act together! But..

Not good that after all that effort, and expense, that Dave is going to wimp out at the last minute. If that is the case, it makes you wonder why he is bothering with the last appointment?

Sorry, that is rude, but sheesh!

And yeah, what is it with men how they can make something that is about *us*, about *them* ??? LOL!

Teenagers and the failing parent...