Back To The Dentist for the Holidays
Hello Everyone, First of all, Happy Holidays to you all! And if you don’t celebrate Holidays of any kind, then, Happy Season of the Year to you!
I’m so looking forward to having our Christmas tree up and lighted, all the little Christmas decorations that were lovingly put away just about a year ago displayed again, I’m feeling good about the season. Well, actually our two trees – remember our little love tree that our boys surprised us with?
The fact that I’m really looking forward to the season is sort of strange, because it seems as though it was only yesterday that it was July and whispers of Christmas were going here and there “Can you believe it’s only … days until Christmas?”, etc., and that put a twinge in my tummy – maybe because I just could not believe how fast time was passing!
So, I have barely started my shopping, but that’s alright, because when our sons were young, I shopped all year to make sure the tree was laden with hundreds of gifts for them to tumble into and unwrap. I loved those years, but now, a nicely wrapped little box full of some sparkly substance and filled with cash makes them all pretty happy.
“Christmas is for Kids” seems so true. The joy and happiness on those little faces on Christmas morning will last in my memory until I take my final breath.
Even with Thanksgiving on the threshold, dental problems snuck up on the Parks family. I had been having sort of uncomfortable feeling in a bridge, so off to Mexico Dick and I went.
After a couple of X-rays, it was discovered that I needed 2 – yep, not just one, but 2 root canals. Of course that meant involving a couple of my caps, so I took a deep breath and said, “Get it done”.
That day, I had 2 root canals, 3 posts, because a couple of the teeth involved a bridge, 4 crowns, Dick had a cleaning and 5 small fillings and the total was $1,600! Excellent prices again. The root canals were easy, and Gator called in an expert to perform that task. Then, the posts, the fitting and molding for the caps, etc. proceeded. Hopefully, I’m done for a while. By the way, the root canals were a breeze. I’ve had many of them.
Dick had them X-ray – no cost – his left jaw and they found a wisdom tooth was impacted, plus, it had been filled and now the decay was proceeding ever so near the nerve – so, we knew another trip was in our near future to get that taken care of.
Dick and I had checked in at the Indian Casino just outside of Algodones, and were prepared to stay the night, so that we could make sure the caps that were to be put on the next day had good bites.
Everything went well. But, as we were heading down the street, heading for the border, I heard a somewhat familiar voice call “Barbara”… at first my tendency was just to keep walking, but my curiosity got the best of me and I looked behind me to see a familiar Mexican face, Leo. Leo is one of the guys who are sort of hawkers, handing out cards of the different dentist, opticians, drug stores, etc. We became acquainted with him because he had worked for Gator for some time, and any information we needed about where to go in Algodones, he was there. Our sons have played pool with him and had a few drinks with him on their trips to the dentist, over the years.
So, I threw up my hand and walked back toward Leo. He had been hired by another dentist there and he wanted us to come see the office. We had lots of time, so we followed him the short distance and met his new employer, Dr. Eloisa Diaz. A lovely young lady dentist. We asked her prices, and as they were very comparable to Gator, Dick decided he might try her for the wisdom tooth problem. As I’m sure my readers know, we’ve tried many dentists in Algodones, and found them to be just fine.
So, in just a couple of weeks, we decided we again were ready to make the trip to Algodones. I called Dr. Diaz and made an appointment and called for reservations at the casino, expecting to at least stay one night, and possibly two, depending on how Dick withstood the extraction. Dick started taking antibiotics a few days before we went, and continued them for about a week.
Dr. Diaz had arranged for a surgeon to come in to do the extraction, but, after he had been sitting in the chair 15 minutes, no surgeon showed up. So, Dr. Diaz took it upon herself to extract the troublesome tooth. It went amazingly well. She showed me all the pieces to make sure everything had come out – and it looked good to me. She gave us some instructions, and with a cotton wad in his mouth, and extras in his pocket, we headed back to the casino so Dick could lie down and rest.
Of course, being my husband, he needed ½ hour of rest, and then he was hungry. I had packed some Ensure and chilled them with ice when we had checked into the casino, figuring Dick wouldn’t be chewing anything. Well, Dick loved the Ensure – good chocolate milk! And then he felt good enough to head to the casino for the evening.
After just a little while, Dick, hungry again, decided he’d try some soup in the restaurant there. “Best cream of potato soup I ever had” was his response to his choice. I had their prime rib special $9.99 and delicious. Then, back to the casino and an early bed time. Dick had no problem, and I kept insisting he use the ice packs I also brought.
By morning, Dick was ready to head home – well, of course, after having a nice breakfast. We decided on Golden Coral in Yuma, because he could choose easy to eat things – which included – now get this – bacon, eggs, fruit and sweet rolls, fruit juice and coffee. He was feeling so good! Thank goodness! I drove most of the way home, and Dick was still feeling good – keeping the ice on his jaw.
It’s now been over a week, and everything is going great! We do need to head to Algodones again soon, because the tooth the wisdom tooth was impacted under needs to be checked. I think Dick will choose to see Dr. Diaz again. Her office is probably not even 50 foot inside the border.
I spoke to a couple who were down from British Colombia getting their teeth worked on too – Canadian insurance is not so great, believe me. So many Canadians come to Algodones! This couple has a home in both areas – Canada – really near Alaska, and in the foothills of Yuma. And they choose to head into Mexico for drugs and tooth care. This couple knew Leo, too – hugs went all around.
Oh – Dick’s extraction was under $250.
Let’s see, I started with the holidays, segued into dentistry in Mexico, and now, I want to end with wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving – I hope you have family to gather with, or a friend, or just your partner – make the day a good one, whatever. Each day is becoming more and more precious – make the most of each one and make new memories to tuck away for when you need a good warm feeling.
I remain, your friend, Barbie