Can you please help me?
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I will keep you all posted here, including on the day of the surgery. Have to admit, I’m terrified of it. I haven’t had anything major done like this since my last C-section 19 years ago. As I mentioned, my health isn’t great and there’s already a risk with any surgery. This one will have me on the table for about 6 hours while they cut out the teeth and remove bits of the infected bone and gums. Please send me good thoughts.
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I have been fighting with my teeth for a very long time. They started rotting out in my late teens. I don’t qualify for most insurance plans because I need so much work done, and I can’t afford the payments for the plans that will take me. (I love my job, but royalties for writers aren’t great. Unless you’re famous, you don’t make a lot of money. A $7 book gives me about $4. I have to sell hundreds of books each month to pay bills and cover expenses and that doesn’t always happen. Most months, I barely make ends meet, but I have been saving small amounts to get the surgery I need.
Unfortunately, my teeth are getting too bad to keep saving and waiting. I’m always in pain from pieces cracking off. I don’t sleep well because it hurts to lay on either cheek and I always have a headache now. Most of my food is applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. I haven’t been able to eat anything hard, pointed, thick, crunchy, sticky, or chewy in years. Now, I can’t even handle soup or bread.
So I went to the evaluation appointment and there’s no way I can afford what I need done. The picture on this page is the treatment plan. As you can see, it’s over $16K. (The dentist I picked is specialized because my teeth are so broken, and my health isn’t great.) They’ll go ahead and do the surgery with half of the money down, and then I have to have the balance paid within 6 months. I’ve saved up 4155.00 so far. Can you please help me? I wouldn’t ask if I wasn’t so miserable all the time. If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how rough it can be. Just multiply that by 16 broken teeth and you can see why I’m begging for help.
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8/31: Another piece cracked off and made me swell so much I can barely swallow. I'm going in for an emergency extraction tomorrow. Was trying to wait and get it all done at the same time because of my health and a small discount, but that isn't going to work. Will pay full price out of what I've saved. I'm going to give them everything I have at the same time and make weekly payments. As soon as I have half down, I'll schedule the main surgery. Wish me luck!
9/1: Just got home. Still numb. Went well. Thank you for the emails and donations. Will answer tomorrow. Need to rest now. Have a great night!
9/2: Feeling rough today. Swelled and bruised, and my jaw is aching on both sides. Gives me an idea of what I'll be like after the big surgery. I probably won't be able to give updates for the first couple of days. I'm going to show my son how to do this so he can post for me. Thank you again for the help! I will answer each of you personally a soon as I feel a bit better.
9/3: I have a double ear infection now. Taking the meds and trying to work on book #19. Pain sucks. I wish I'd taken better care of myself!
I sent another $700 to the dentist today. I’m still short on the halfway amount, but it’s very close and I’m grateful to each of you. Thank you so much for the help! I’m still scared of the surgery, but I also can’t wait to have all this pain gone.
I’m still feeling rough with the ear infections on top of the hurting teeth, but the surgery date is only a few weeks away and I have a doctor’s appointment on Friday. Hopefully they can help with the ears. The antibiotics don’t seem to be doing much now.
I’ll post another update next weekend. Thank you again for your support! I wouldn’t be able to get this done without you.
Have a safe week, Eagles,
My surgery is officially set for 10/18 at 8 a.m. We hit that halfway point! Thank you from the bottom of every cracked tooth in my mouth. Any donations that come in from here will still go straight to the dentist to bring down the monthly payments.