Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Day and John Lewis

"Stand Up, Speak Up, and Speak Out!"
Some piece of crap who does not deserve to have his name mentioned here said this about Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, “All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”. John Lewis who was instrumental in bringing about The Civil Rights Act as well as The Voting Rights Act deserves far better. It is time to let our voices be heard. Not by simply typing away on social media although this is important as well, but also by speaking out in public. It is time to "Stand Up, Speak Up, and Speak Out!" Let's celebrate Martin Luther King Day by helping right this wrong. We have been called to action!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Purdy, eh?

Yes, I know I need a shave. One crisis at a time, OK? I am going for the 90's Don Johnson's "Miami Vice" look.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Back In Hope

We drove home from Algodones, MX yesterday. After a stop at Silly Al's Pizza in Quartzsite we got home at about 3:00, just in time for Happy Hour at Bill and Dee's, After that it was an early night for me as I was physically and mentally drained after the dental ordeal.

This morning I forced myself to remove the partials and found they were very hard to remove! They have a death grip on the bases of the surrounding teeth and it took a few minutes of pulling, prying and pain to get them out. I will probably get better at it and I am sure it will become easier after the swelling goes down and my black eye fades. When I went in yesterday for the final fitting one of the young assistants told me in her best English that I looked like I had gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson. I told her that Dr, Jesus should have been a prize fighter as he sure put me on the canvas. She had a very good laugh about this and rushed out to tell her co-workers.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Test Driving My New Teeth

They test fit, adjusted, fit again, adjusted again and eventually cemented in my new teeth. They then took even more impressions, saying they were for the two partial plates, I am not sold on these partial plates. One has only one tooth on it to replace the missing right eye tooth that for some reason could not be included in the bridge up there. The other is to give me chewing molars on the lower right side.

I have not had any chewing surface back there for two years now and have been managing quite well without them. I hate the feeling of the huge chunk of plastic in my mouth and seriously doubt I will be using these very often. The other one tooth partial is, I am sure, purely cosmetic. Norma says no, it is to keep the shape of my mouth and jaw. I will have that conversation with them at the final fitting tomorrow.

Anyway! I have all the rest of my teeth cemented in and functioning. To celebrate we stopped at the hotel restaurant on the way back and I ordered cheese enchiladas. They work! I can eat! The larger bridge on the left is a little sensitive to pressure right now but that will soon disappear as the area is still recovering from Tuesday's root canals,

Anyway, so far I am very happy! They feel good, work good and look good! The jury is still out on whether the partials will get used. In any case, we will be back at the motorhome in Hope, AZ tomorrow.

Back In The Chair

I knew I had two extractions to be done but I thought they were done in that seven hour marathon session on Tuesday. Not so! I went in this morning and they pulled the roots of the two broken off eye teeth! One came out easily but the other broke in half and hurt like hell even after five needles! Now I wait back in the hotel room for 1 1/2 hours and go back. Hopefully for my new teeth.

I hate this!

No Facebook Here And A Slight Hiccup.

The Hacienda Los Algodones has blocked Facebook on their otherwise excellent free WIFI. I just want to thank my friend Rae for posting on FB for me, reminding all of you to check the Blog.

This morning I go in for the permanent attachment of my new teeth but I am having some minor swelling in one of the roots that heads up towards the left sinus. I don't know that this will mean, it may delay the attachment as no one wants any infection sealed in. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Dental Process

We arrived for my 11:00 appointment almost an hour early but they took us right in. Chris (office manager, translator, money manager, etc) came in the room to get my information. I told him I was unhappy with how I was treated by Sani Dental and gave him a brief explanation of the work they had done so far. Dr. Jesus Quintero came in and Chris brought him up to date in Spanish. They told me the doctor would do a complete exam with several X-rays and then Chris would come back in to tell me what the doctor recommended.

The exam took some time and then he called Chris who brought Norma in with him and he and the doctor went through the X-rays and photos of each tooth one at a time, explaining what was wrong with each tooth and what they recommended. After explaining everything in great detail, leaving time as we went for our many questions he said if I wanted them to treat me, it would be $4,715. This was far less than half of what Sani wanted and unlike Sani, included no implants. He said there was no point in pulling teeth with good, healthy roots and installing implants. He said there was much more money for the dentist in implants than in bridge and crown work but that was not how they worked. Norma and I looked at each other and agreed immediately. We asked when they could start and they said, "right now"! He leaned the chair back and Norma headed out to get the required $1,000 deposit from the ATM. There is a whole other post on this subject as the local ATM has a $400 limit so we could only raised $815 but they understood!

He removed a few failed/failing caps and bridges, pulled two teeth that could not be saved and called in the root canal specialist from Brazil. He spent a great deal of time on my three root canals and then Dr. Jesus came back in to form the teeth to receive the crowns and to thoroughly clean all the teeth that were staying. The cleaning was actually the most painful part of the whole process. The extractions and root canals I did not feel.

They then called in a woman to do impressions. This is not painful but is very uncomfortable! I felt like I was choking many times and they had a hard time getting good impressions, having to repeat the process several times. I was very happy when it was over!

They then fitted me with temporaries until my crowns and new bridges are ready on Thursday and I was done. It was almost 6:00 PM, I had been in the chair for well over seven hours but it was done! Norma got me a bowl of tomato soup for dinner and I went to bed very early.

Today we drove to Yuma, AZ to get cash and tomorrow I go in for the final fitting of all my teeth. We are staying in the hotel for one more day just to make sure everything fits well. That's it! I will be perfect again!

We Got The Money!

We got the cash. We have a high limit line of credit card from Scotiabank in Canada for emergencies. We called them and they released all limits and pre authorized the $4,000 US withdrawal. We then drove to Yuma, went in a Washington Federal Bank and they gave us cash. $3,000 in one branch and $1,000 in another as they have a $3K limit per day. No fees. And Americans are treated the same - no cheques, no credit cards and no debit cards. US Cash only, no pesos. They have two framed bounced cheques on the wall to show why it is cash only.

Rather than carry all that cash around we stopped at Quintero Dental and paid our bill in full. All the permanent stuff goes on tomorrow and we are staying one more night "just in case".

Here is the breakdown:

Full exam with x-rays - $20
3 upper left root canals - $750
2 upper extractions - $120
Upper right 4 unit bridge - $800
4 upper front united crowns - $800
Upper left 3 unit bridge - $600
3 lower porcelain crowns - $600
upper and lower PRX partials - $1000
Cleaning - $25

Total - $4,715

They wanted $1,000 deposit before they started the work but all we could come up with was $815 because of the limit on the local ATM and having to pay for the hotel. Four nights @ $42 plus taxes = $200. They understood and were satisfied with our reduced deposit but it left us anxious to get the rest of it to them.

Quintero Dental Group
US 928 377 4552
Mex 658 517 7043

Talk to Chris, he speaks perfect English

4:30 AM

Wide awake with my drugs worn off and 3 1/2 hours till more. Getting sufficient cash is a problem as the only ATM has a $400 limit. I have Wednesday to rest between treatments so it is off to the USA to try to get cash there. Maybe the casino with credit and/or debit cards or maybe a friendly bank. My bank is not being cooperative as they said they were removing  limits but apparently didn't! I guess it is good that it is hard to come up with $5000 instantly but when you need it, you need it and doubling a $400 limit is no use at all.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Swelling Down

8:45 PM update:

My lips are back to their normal size and my right eye is no longer frozen. I am on the mend. Pain is sitting at about 3 out of 10, maybe a bit lower. I have some powerful pain meds if I need it. I might not. I also have a full course of antibiotics to take every eight hours for several days. Norma went to the restaurant and bought me some tomato soup which I drank down. I am human again!

So far I can highly recommend the Quintero Dental Clinic. Give Chris a call and he will fix you up with an appointment.