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Playing medical catchup from 2020

May 28th, 2021 at 12:50 am

Today was a long day.

It was the day I had scheduled a long overdue dentist appointment for my elderly father. He already knew he had a cracked tooth, and I suspected there might be more problems, which there were. In fact, his dentist declined to schedule the cleaning and instead referred us to a periodondist due to dad's excessive plaque buildup.

But first, dad wanted to see the local barber, so I dropped him off there to lose his Santa Claus beard while I did some grocery shopping. Picked him up, then we stopped for lunch and afterward that, I brought him back to his apartment so he could brush his teeth, then went to the periodontist, who wound up not cleaning his teeth because they said he badly needed scaling.

Medicare doesn't cover dental work, and this won't be cheap. The x-rays alone were about $300, and by the time we're done with the 2 2-hour visits for the scaling, it'll be about $1700. I think scaling is where they clean the teeth below the gumline, and I vaguely remember my mother had to have this done, and she said it was extremely painful. I'm not going to tell my dad that, obviously, and I do really hope he tolerates it better than my mother.

Dad has the money, but he's a real tightwad. Luckily, he didn't balk at the price, maybe because they told him he'd already suffered significant bone loss.

So I have the 2 appointments scheduled for dad in the coming weeks, but  unfortunately, we have to travel further to their other office. I've also scheduled about 6 visits for my own physical therapy since my knee is still not better. Suffice it to say, there's a lot of doc visits in our future and I'm completely inundated with medical forms of every stripe.

I have not been able to get any of my hoped for home improvements going this year. My mason is not following through with his estimate despite my repeated requests for it. He is slammed. My electrician's father passed and so he is dealing with estate matters. He's referred me to his cousin, but I really prefer to wait for him. Super nice guy. I haven't even attempted the bathroom vanity replacement because I'm assuming there are shortages, delays and higher prices.

I'm recovered from my 2nd case of poison ivy this season. There's a lot of it growing around my yard, and the industrial strength vinegar weed killer I'm using doesn't work as well as one would hope.

I got a beautiful patio set (2 rockers and a stationery couch) from my Buy Nothing group. It's wrought iron, and there was some old rust on it. I wanted to repaint, and my neighbor suggested some paint made for painting directly over rust (assuming it's not peeling), no sanding needed. It worked really well. Took me about 5 rounds of touch up but it looks like a brand new set now. I also found some plastic plugs for the ends of the rockers, which are hollow, so they would catch some water inside them every time they rained.

I had already aquired a bunch of cushions from Buy Nothing in anticipation of eventually finding a patio set, and am short just 2 cushions. Stopped at Christmas Tree Shop last week but they were out of the pattern I wanted.

I also shopped at Whole Foods and Aldi's. It was great to get out and do that. The positivity rate in CT has been under 1% for a while now. I'm not sure how it is in the rest of the country. A friend of mine was to get her first Moderna shot a few weeks after me, and I just recently learned she felt so bad after the shot that she never go the 2nd one, which I think is a big mistake. She said she felt tired, and out of it, for 6 weeks, but she has thyroid issues, too.


3 Responses to “Playing medical catchup from 2020”

  1. Wink Says:

    I've been playing catch-up with a bunch of various appointments as well. I had to wait 3 weeks to get in for my mammogram. They said that so many people had delayed them until they were vaccinated that they are now slammed with appointments. I'm also delaying my bathroom remodel for a while longer in hopes prices on materials go back down. Maryland's positivity rate is now at only 1.87%!

  2. Dido Says:

    I'm sorry your dad is in for a bigger procedure and I'm hoping it goes easier for him than it did for your mom.

    I'm also playing medical catch-up from skipping all but the dentist in 2020 (skipped the usual spring cleaning but did go in the fall and again this spring). (My annual thyroid ultrasound is in January, so I've been consistent with that--monitoring a large nodule.) The week after my big exam in July is booked with deferred doctor's appointments.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    After I had my first Moderna shot I had to go to bed for several days due to extreme fatigue, some breathing symptoms, aches, and a lot of dizziness. I just felt miserable, but it was gone after a week. They say when someone has a bad reaction it usually means that they've already had Covid and it is their immune system kicking into high gear to fight it again so maybe she has already had the disease. I am not looking forward to the next one, but once I have it I won't have to wear a mask at all in my state, which outweighs everything. My asthma is getting bad with all the pollen and the mask makes it even harder to breathe. Definitely worth another week of not feeling great to be able to breathe without impediment.

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