Extraction Indecision

Back to the Dentist.

It is time to go back to the dentist.  This is always a project for me and my aide.  I have Multiple Sclerosis and I am a paraplegic.  My legs don’t work.  I need to be changed.  I am patient lifted into my power wheelchair.  I maneuver the wheelchair through the door ways in my house, which is easier said than done, because the wheelchair was bought to fit in the van, not to be used around the house.

My Multiple Sclerosis progresses

As my Multiple Sclerosis has progressed, the power wheelchair has to be brought into my bedroom, and I am patient lifted into the power wheelchair.  I then go to the garage using a specialized ramp that was built for me.

The same driver

Then I wait for my driver, who was the same driver I had the last time I went to the dentist.  This does make it easier because I don’t have to give as thorough driving directions.

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My mistake

I went up the ramp without incident.  When we got to the dentist office, I made a mistake.

The key vs. the inside button

The key needs to be pressed twice to open the automatic van door, and the van ramp should come out automatically.  The button in the van to open the door automatically should only be pressed once. Sure enough, I pressed it twice, and the door would not open.  I had to press the button three times to finally get the door to open. Then it opened and the ramp came out.

I go solar

I disconnected the solar charger which I use for the van.  It helps keep the battery charged.  I don’t use the van that often and the solar charger keeps the battery going.  I went into the dentist office and signed in and signed the insurance form.

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Who’s a Teamster?

I am a Teamster.  How is this possible?  I previously worked at the New York City Houing Authority.  I have been told that when there was a vote for the union that the staff, there are many more clerks and typists than attorneys, decided to vote for the Teamsters Local 237.  The staff attorneys also became Teamsters.  This has turned out to be a godsend in my retirement.  It has means my whole family has dental insurance, eyeglass coverage, and prescription drug coverage.

The wait

Then I waited to be called.  Shortly thereafter, I was called and I spoke to the dentist.

To extract or not to extract

I mentioned that he had told me previously that I was likely to have an extraction of a lower right tooth that was cracked.  Then the dentist told me that he did not think he would do the extraction today.  Then he left the room.  Then he came back to the room, and said O.K., I’ll do the extraction.

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Many injections later

He gave me what felt like 5 injections, and he proceeded to work on the tooth.  Finally, he removed the tooth and I could feel his finger searching in my mouth for the tooth.  He found it, and out it came.

Easier than he thought

He remarked that the extraction was easier than he thought.  He thought the tooth would be in many pieces, but it was only in two pieces.

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Extra gauze

He gave me additional gauze which I ended up not using.  I took the gauze he put into my mouth out, I spit it out, about 3 1/2 hours later.  He also mentioned using ice for the pain.  I am notorious for not having much pain, and I never needed the ice.

Uneventful ride home

The ride home was uneventful.  It was difficult to talk with all the gauze in my mouth.  The van door and ramp worked without any problems.

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