A short and not so sweet blog this week.
I have the hump.
I've now been in pain for ten days with a misdiagnosed ear-infection. It went a week untreated, thanks to the STUPID nurse I saw. The antibiotic/steroid drops I've since been given by the local minor injuries clinic do not appear to be working and I'm now grinding my teeth in pain throughout the night.
So … I now have toothache. But what came first, the chicken or the egg? The earache or the toothache? Do you know what? I'm now so spaced out on drugs, I have no idea. Waking up at six am every morning with raging pain which goes from head to ear to mouth to jaw to neck tends to leave you slightly confused - and a little cranky.
Bu not half as cranky as you find yourself after spending the best part of a day looking for a good, reliable NHS dentist in your area. Forget it! Just forget it. I'm destined to die in pain from a burst abscess or the likes - see I told you overdosing on painkillers and lack of sleep leave you confused.
Well why not just go private, I hear you say? Yes, in the ‘good old days’ I would have done. Those were the days when hubbie was working and we could afford such frivolities as dental hygiene. Third world country? The UK?
But now, every penny from every book goes to keeping our roof over our heads. No holidays, no luxuries, no designer handbags. And, at this rate, no bloody teeth!
I’m cross. Yes, this is a RANTY blog. I am STILL, four hours later, waiting for my PRIVATE dentist to call me back and see if I now qualify as an NHS patient. It’s now 7.15pm - I don’t hold out much hope.
How sad that I find myself thinking that if we have a little lottery win, I could use it to sort out a possible toothache. Still no cruises or holidays (difficult without a passport) or posh handbags (charity shops have some corkers) - just piece of mind and a pain free night.
End of rant. As you were. And a word of advice - never mess with a woman with ear/toothache.
UPDATE - 4th April. Roehampton Dental Care did not reply. It took FOUR chasing calls (FROM ME!) to be told that they 'cannot take any more NHS patients as they have reached their quota'. WHY could their receptionist not have told me that in the first place??!! I've worked in a dentist - it doesn't take too much working out!
In the meantime, I am in incredible pain, possibly with an abscess or infection and nowhere for me to be seen as I don't have the funds. We are now becoming more like The States. The soonest appointment I can get is for Tuesday (in a crappy surgery) or the end of April (if I survive).
Not happy and still no further towards a resolve as we approach the weekend .