I'm having a great deal of jaw/gum pain. This is the third time in four years now. What am I supposed to do? I can go to the dentist, they will give me darvocet, an antibiotic and say I need surgery, which I can't afford. The cause is my wisdom teeth. They are in a nice little variety of impaction, horizontal (for most). Horizontal means that they are, well, coming in horizontal. They are coming in at such a strong angle that they are pushing directly into the side of my 2nd molars. They all have bony vertical impaction. This means my jaw isn't big enough to support those teeth and is all but impossible for them to up through my gums naturally. To have them removed, bones will have to be broken. One of the teeth is only a mesial impaction, meaning that the angle it is coming in at is less strong than the vertical. Kind of on a diagonal. In the end, this can and will cause many problems if I don't have them removed. They have managed to move my lower teeth to some extent since they've started pushing and shoving back there. They can cause abscesses and they can actually eat away at the 2nd molars below the gum surface. At this point I'm not rock meet hard place, it's more tooth meet bone place. I actually feel like my cheek is swollen, whether it is or not, I don't know and I'm not running to a mirror to find out. The earliest I could fathom paying my portion of the surgery (I have to have a special surgeon due to my lovely circumstances, which adds more money to the bill), which is around $1500, would be July and I honestly don't think I'll have it. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do yet.
In other, happier news, I went to Hobby Lobby on Saturday with my mom (among many other places to try and pass the time till my MIL left my house). I've been wanting to take one of their cake making classes and found out they are more than $100 cheaper than I originally thought. They also have oil painting, cookies decorating and a few others I was interested in. I was never able to take any of those fun classes when I was in school. I was so focused on getting as many high end classes on my college apps. that I didn't bother with most electives. I took the minimum required for most colleges and that was it. I had been trying to get things high enough that I would be able to get into Purdue, however, I dropped out of school and regret never taking any of those classes now. (although I can still say I had a 3.7 gpa when I quit, without taking a bunch of easy stuff) I still plan on going to college but it won't be for a few more years and a much less prestigious school. (Brown Mackie) I'm still going for my vet tech license. I'm sure it'll feel a little... ridiculous to spend that much on college and still be making less than my husband who didn't go to college or finish hs. But it's really what I want to do and have always wanted to do. Originally, I wanted to be a veterinarian but 8 years more of school after hs just wasn't going to happen and I wanted to be involved with patients in a less... authoritative way. Vet tech's and assistants have more time to sooth the clients fears than a vet would and also get to spend far more time behind the scenes with the animals. What was I talking about? Oh yes, classes. The older I get, the more I seem to be into the diy scene. I want to make my own cakes and cake decorations but I want them to look as if a professional did them. I'd also love to learn to paint. You know, there are a lot of things out there I'd love to learn how to do. I'm currently working on crocheting. It's going... slow. I guess I just like learning new things and deciding whether or not it's something I enjoy enough to keep doing. And now, I am off to relieve my pain with narcotics and see if I enjoy that. ;)