Monday, January 31, 2011

Medical issues

Last week, I'd been having some tooth pain on my left side.  It was never severe pain, but it did wake me up a few times.  I talked to the staff nurse and she suggested I go see a dentist in Belize City.  Given Belize's medical standards, I was a bit skeptical about going to a dentist here.  But I was pleasantly surprised with both the facilities and the doctor.  The doctor was educated at Marquette.  He took a couple x-rays and determined that I needed 2 (TWO!) root canals.
I can't say that I was surprised by the diagnosis.  I have horrible teeth.  In my adult life, I have spent probably around $10,000 in premiums and co-pays.  I've had 3 crowns and way too many cavities - some pretty severe.  My last dentist kept telling me I'd probably need a root canal, but since the point of a root canal is to get rid of pain (and I never really had pain), I had never had one done.  So, when my Belizean dentist told me I needed one on Thursday, I wasn't exactly surprised.  He offered to do it then, but I had a lunch date that afternoon and plans for the weekend, so I put it off until today.

The root canal was no problem.  But when I was driving in to Belize City, I noticed my wrist starting to swell from a bug bite I had gotten the day before.  The swelling kept up most of the morning, so I went to see the nurse.  Turns out I am allergic to some bug (which is strange since I have no other allergies) and my wrist as ballooned up something fierce.  The nurse has put me on benadryl and other antibiotics.  I can't work or drive for at least the next two days due to the meds.   Who would have thought that the root canal would be the least of medical issues today?


  1. Never trust a Marquette grad.

    Especially when it comes to basketball...

  2. Yuck...root canals.. Please tell me they had happy gas. That is the only way I can do it...if not knocked out completely.