Jan

28

Sickness Comes In Threes

by Migdalia Rivera

I’ve been MIA, Missing In Action, and feel so disconnected. It seems like a whole month has passed me by. Thankfully, I am slowly getting back to “normal”.

Sick Woman with a cup of tea (Free Digital Photos)

I’ve heard that everything comes in threes, good and bad. I can definitely attest to the fact that sickness comes in threes. Towards the end of 2012, I came down with number one (1) , a severe case of the flu. It hit me HARD! I could barely get out of bed. It seems I’m not the only one, NYC is in the midst of its worse flu epidemic. Save yourself, get the flu shot, and WASH YOUR HANDS! I’m sure if I would have been more vigilant about washing my hands I wouldn’t have gotten…

Number two (2), the stomach virus.

Goodness gracious I thought I was going to die! If I could barely get out of bed while I had the flu, the stomach bug had me living in the bathroom. Ewwwwwww! Suffice it to say, it wasn’t pretty folks…not pretty at all. Thankfully, ahem, the boys were able to use the building’s facility during that time.

As I felt better, I was so excited to be able to chew. OH. MY. GOSH. I was craving bacon. It was all I could think of once I started getting better, so off I went to the bodega/deli. I ordered a BLT, with extra crispy bacon, on a roll with no mayo. YUM! I couldn’t get home fast enough that day! Riding the elevator up to my floor, I admit a little drool came out. (Don’t judge me. I hadn’t eaten anything in weeks!)

That first bite was A-MAZ-ING. I savored every bit of it. Thank goodness I did because the second bite was the end of me. I felt a piece of my filling come out. Gagging, I spit it out. A tiny silver piece lay in my hand. Pushing the sandwich to the side, I called the nearest Dentist and scheduled a Dental appointment.

I wish I would have waited.

Number three (3) was by far the worst. I had a severe allergic reaction to the new filling. It seems Dentists no longer use silver, for cosmetic reasons. My old filling was an amalgam filling (silver filling). The Dentist who I saw used a composite resin (White filling). I had a severe allergic reaction to the composite filling. The pain was excruciating. I seriously wanted to ram my jaw into the nearest brick wall. Worse, it was the weekend. I’m sure I could have gone to emergency … but silly me I decided to bear it out till Monday.

Really, it couldn’t have come sooner.

I was given antibiotics, pain killers (I refused codeine. As a single mother, I need to be alert) and advised I may need a root canal. Before going home, I scheduled a follow-up appointment. By the time I arrived home, I had received a message from the receptionist stating the Dentist had cancelled the appointment and rescheduled for February 21. Really?! Was that freakin Dentist INSANE? There was no way I could wait that long!

I called, texted and messaged everyone seeking references for a new Dentist. I hit pay dirt when a former co-worker referred me to the Dentist she has been seeing for the past 20 years. Thankfully, he was able to squeeze me in that week.

A little over a week ago, he removed the composite resin the previous Dentist used. He also removed pieces of silver filling the previous Dentist had missed. He refilled the tooth with a temporary medicated filling to calm the nerves and ease the pain. I’m returning ¬†today to find out if the tooth can be saved or if a root canal is necessary. I’m hoping it’s not.

Today I head back to the Dentist for my follow-up. Please say a prayer for me and bear with me yet again. I hope to select winners and send emails to the giveaways that recently closed when I return.

Oh, and on a good note, I lost 7 pounds. :)

Let’s talk! Have you had an allergic reaction to a tooth filling? Share your experience in a comment below!

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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