Other working titles were:
“Pain of Dah Teeth,” and “Consequences Suck.”
You can catch up by reading the USAF Update: Worse Fears. That should give you a sense of where I’m coming from.
You can also check out my other posts tagged with USAF.
Since that time, I’ve done a few things.
First, I’ve gone to some other dentists for second and third opinions.
No one likes the idea of the “all-on-four” procedure. They want you to keep as many natural teeth as possible. The procedure would necessitate some being taken out. They also agree that just getting dentures is the poorest choice for a couple of reasons. They agree that as a professional communicator/counselor; I need to be able to talk without something coming lose. I also get mouth ulcers when I’m stressed, and they all cringed at the thought of an ulcer forming underneath a denture plate.
They want me to get the teeth removed that have to be removed. That’s about seven to eight regular teeth, and all four wisdom teeth.
Removal of my teeth will cost around $2,000.00 (estimate).
I’m still looking at getting 5 implants (eventually). Each implant will end up costing $4,000-$5,0000 a piece. I’m sure that you can do the math on that one.
Either way, that is a butt load of money.
I also have another $2000.00 of other incidental teeth procedures (cavities, porcelain build up, etc.).
To begin the process, we are looking at spending between $2,000 and $4,000.
That hurts. It would take a year to pay that off at our current income level and cost of living.
Which brings me to the second aspect of what I’ve been doing.
I’ve been looking for another job.
I would either end up with two jobs, making enough to pay for the dental procedures. Or, I would end up with a new job that pays more than my current position.
At this time, I’m applying for a chaplaincy position at a local hospital. It would be a weekend salaried job, Friday through Sunday (36 hours). I would at least make as much as I’m currently making, and I would probably have better benefits.
Here is the clincher… The reason I want the position so badly, and that I’m willing to give up my position of 10+ years.
I would be able to keep my boys at home on Monday through Thursday and save us $1,200.00 per month is childcare costs.
Read that again. That is $1,200 SAVED IN CHILDCARE COSTS!
That, in and of itself is an amount consistent with a part time job (within my field of experience).
One kid is starting Kindergarten, the other would stay home with me on those days. Heck for $105 per month, I could put him in a “Mother’s Day Out” program for two days a week, so that I could get stuff done around the house.
That still saves us over $1,000 per month.
That, right there, can begin the process of getting my teeth fixed.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I want this job. I don’t have the words to convey the depth of sadness this whole thing has brought into my life, nor the amount of hope a single position can hold out for me and my family.
I had a preliminary interview with a recruiter for the hospital’s parent company. She has passed my application and resume on to the Director of the department. I’m waiting to see if she/he thinks I warrant a second interview.
Oh God, please let me get this job.