The Teeth

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This week, after a 4 1/2 month wait, I was finally able to get in to the dentist at Shands Hospital. This was only the initial visit so all they did was look at my teeth. For that I had to pay $156. The answer they came up with is to wait for weeks then at that time I will take a blood test. If my platelets are above 50 they will extract the three teeth. I will have to stay in town overnight to make sure it’s not bleeding. The other option is that my platelets are below 50. If this happens I will have to cancel the appointment. Then make arrangements to be admitted to the hospital. This will mean that they will extract the teeth and keep me for 48 hours of observation. The only real problem I have with either one of these options is what to do with dialysis. If the numbers above 50 I will go into dialysis at 5 AM and get out by 9:30 AM. Then I’ll drive for four hours to get to the hospital where my appointment will be at 3 PM. If the numbers below 50, I will leave it up to the hospital to do my dialysis. Either way my wife will need to ┬átake off work. Thankfully for us, her workplace is very accommodating for our needs. We will not know what days she shall have to take off until after the blood test. Hopefully Quest lab will be prompt in their delivery of the results. This still seems to be to be a lot of trouble just to remove three teeth.

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