Ain't That A Kick in the Head.....

April 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

So, by now, most of you have heard my tale of woe about my cancer diagnosis (see previous post if not).  Part of the problem with this type of cancer, is that it leaches calcium from my bones into the blood stream, causes bone lesions, and weakens my bones so that they will easily fracture.  To combat this, my doctor wants to start me on a drug called Zometa.  It's supposed to bind the calcium to my bones.  All well and good.  However, it does have this one little nasty potential side effect, which causes bone death in your jaw bone.  Yikes!  Doc says I have to be cleared by a dentist before I start.  So, off to the local dentist I go..........

So, after a nice little conversation with the dentist, a set of x-rays, and an exam, I find out my teeth aren't as good as I thought they were.  In fact, it seems that I need major dental work.  The concern (and my doc concurred) is that once I have stem cell replacement, and my immune system is shot, with my teeth in their current state, there would be a high risk of infection.  Sigh........

Wait!  I know.  I'll go get a second opinion.  That's always the smart thing to do........

Aspen Dental........  Beautiful office.  Friendly staff.  Same diagnosis as first dentist.  WHAT????  How much?????  $7800????????  No, I DON'T want to apply for credit........

I have a couple of more appointments set up in the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully, they'll go better.........


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