Happy Friday! It feels weird to say that considering I’ll be working every Saturday from now on. Friday will no longer hold the same meaning. I think it’s going to take some time to get used to that.
I had mentioned earlier this week that R dropped about $1,100 on dental work. Yep, it was his turn on Monday! He had chipped a tooth a few months ago, but didn’t have insurance at the time. Also in typical R fashion, he just didn’t want to get it taken care of. He hasn’t been to the doctor since we’ve been dating (I’ve tried).
However, since we were heading to the dentist’s office for me two weeks ago, I told him to ask them if they take his insurance. So while he was there with me, they checked, and confirmed they do take it. He promptly (gasp) made an appointment for the following Monday.
All in all it was a four hour ordeal (I was quite restless at the end) – one root canal, two fillings and $1,100 later, he is feeling fine. So unfair! He had absolutely no pain. Of course, I am grateful for that, but my root canal hurt a lot. In any case, it was a lot of money to spend at once, especially when neither of us were expecting it. My root canal cost nothing three years ago when I had it done, and he was told by the billing department that his insurance was “great.” Jeez, I’d hate to see what not-so-great insurance rates would have been.
This was a double reminder to both of us that we need to start taking better care of our health and well-being. Even though I’ve been nagging R to get better with his dental hygiene, he would never listen (we all know how well nagging works), and now he is paying the price. I’m glad to report he’s been flossing nightly and has established a new bed time routine. I am getting there, as my teeth have still been in pain.
Unfortunately, R had received news that he has 2 impacted wisdom teeth that eventually need to be surgically removed, and he still needs another root canal. Joy! We are both hoping that he might be able to hold off on it until we move, as prices may be cheaper, but obviously if he starts feeling any pain, he will get it taken care off. Hopefully his bank account will have recovered by then.
Nothing too out of the ordinary happened this week, besides starting my new job, so being grateful wasn’t difficult, I just had to think about things that had happened.
- First, I’m grateful that there were no complications with R’s root canal. I was ready to baby him, and actually purchased a lot of soft foods afterward in preparation of pain (we had to go food shopping anyway). He was fine though!
- My new coworkers have all been welcoming, nice and patient with me. They’ve been offering encouragement, which gives me some hope. There’s a lot of little things to learn and as with any new job/task, it’s a tad overwhelming. I know training can be tiresome, so I’m trying my hardest not to be a bother, while still asking pertinent questions.
- I’m also grateful for the reputation my mom left behind. It seems that everyone has been transferring their positive feelings about her to me, and I plan to make sure their feelings stay that way.
- This is a silly one, but I am grateful for having tons of blankets in the apartment. It was very chilly at the beginning of the week, and while it got a little warmer, it’s still cold. I’m still determined to stay in the challenge of not using heat, so I’ve been bundling up with layers of clothes, and sleeping with 5 blankets (excluding a comforter).
- Last week I had said I was grateful that the robbers were staying away from us. Our landlord told me yesterday that their truck was broken into, the house next to us was broken into, and two houses nearby had attempted robberies, but their windows were locked, so the burglars were unable to enter. Scary stuff! I really don’t want to be home alone now. I’m not sure when anything happened, but I am very much hoping that they’re done with our block for now. It would be foolish to come back and strike twice, but who knows. So for now, again, I’m grateful, because it could have been our cars or our apartment.
- On a lighter note, I am grateful for my short commute to work. I can get there and back in 5-6 minutes. Of course, I wrote this before last night, when I actually hit traffic. SO silly. Just goes to show you…
- I am also grateful for my hour lunch. It’s been a while since I have had one, and forgot how much more time it seems I have! Seriously, on my first day it went by extra slowly. I’ve been trying to use this time to comment, write, and generally get ahead with blogging.
I hope all of you have a great weekend!