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?