Then I walked back to the teaching office, where I got to hear the words I always hear at the dentist. ("So Nixmarie tells me you're a gagger.") And it turns out my teeth are basically healthy, but I need to get them bleached because it's hard to tell the surface pre-cavities from the stain of three years without dental care. (Ah, the delights of no insurance.) If it turns out I just have some trouble spots, I'll just need some take home fluoride treatment. Also, two of my fillings look like they're leaking, which doesn't hurt but sounds like something I want to get fixed. So I'm back in three weeks for the bleaching, and then they'll figure out what to do with my teeth from there. Hopefully, I won't need too much work, because although the dental school is a good deal financially -- right now my treatment's less than $200 for the xrays and cleaning, most private practices start at $300 and work their way up -- I do actually have a job.
Ah, the ka-ching of money rushing into their till. (Although I do believe them when they say I need some work done, they actually went through my x-rays with me in a group of students, which was kind of cool.)
The doctor appointment has been postponed until March, because my employer just changed insurance to something much better, and I want to use the good insurance when it goes into effect in March.
Isn't this exciting?
I kind of find it interesting, actually.
*It surprises me sometimes the way I get treated now that people know I have anxiety issues / am an adult / am pretty well versed in health care stuff, versus the way I got treated as a child. As an adult, people really try to make me feel better and work with me, as a kid I was always made to feel like I was giving the doctor a hard time on purpose because I shrank when people tried to touch me, or I was asking too many questions to be a smart ass (I notice girls have to deal with that misinterpretation more than boys). I wonder if the world has changed or people just suck when dealing with kids. Especially smart girls. Probably a bit of both. I'm probably more willing to meet people half way too, truth be told.