Saturday, December 8, 2007

Thrifty Lesson aka: Thrifty Shame on Me!

Yes, that is titled correctly! Shame on ME, I learned a Thrifty Lesson!!!!

You are going to say to yourself, well DUH, I knew that! But apparently I need to learn some lessons in Thrift the hard way!

This past week (and currently even) I have been plagued with a mouth full of "stress-ulcers" (according to the doctor). They have a fancier name that starts with an "a" but forget me remembering that. All I can recall is the severe pain of the mouth ulcers and having to spend a co-pay of $50 at the Urgent Care, as I have not yet signed on for a regular family physician for myself! I have one for my son and husband, but not me! I do have my regular dentist and a wonderful OB-GYN Dr; however, failed to get myself a regular family doctor. I guess you can read between the lines and figure out what my lesson was/is. I could have received a better prescription, care and lower co-pay (only $20 rather than $50) with a family doctor, if I had one. My next task is going to be finding me a family doctor, so this doesn't happen again. The doctor prescribed me with the "magic mouth rinse," in which I did not want, because I knew it was going to prolong the recovery and not as effective on me. I have had this same thing five years ago, and the doc at that time gave me a prednisone (sp?) and cleared it up within nearly 24 hours! Whew! Relief...It has been almost 5 days since I went to the doctor and still don't have that relief. I am hoping to feel better in a few days. I can tell it is starting to clear a little, but major pain is still being dealt with. I hate mouth ulcers!!!!!

Okay, I will try to be more positive in my next post. This is what I have dealt with for a week now, I am ready to get better and smile, laugh, talk and eat!

4 comments:

SAHMmy Says said...

Good point. I haven't bothered to find a doctor for myself since we moved (2 years ago!) I'm still traveling an hour just to see my old OBGyn. Hubby hasn't seen a doctor in over 7 years. If we had to visit Urgent Care instead of making a regular doctor visit we'd pay about $200 more. Will be hunting for a good MD ASAP. Thanks for the reminder.

Melanie said...

Thank you for you comment SAHMmySays! It makes me feel better about it because I thought I was the only one. It is just something that isn't too exciting to do...find a doctor! I am just asking around and getting really good leads to good doctors from people I trust! So important to have a good one that fits with your lifestyle and personality!

Melanie said...

Thank you for you comment SAHMmySays! It makes me feel better about it because I thought I was the only one. It is just something that isn't too exciting to do...find a doctor! I am just asking around and getting really good leads to good doctors from people I trust! So important to have a good one that fits with your lifestyle and personality!

giddyrobin said...

I used to get a lot of mouth ulcers, especially if I eat chocolate and peanuts at the same time, orange juice or pineapple juice (I grew in FL so I got them alot) or a lot of sugar. What I finally found that helped was 2 things.
1) Try using a toothpaste with little or no Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Its kinda hard, even the Tom's Toothpaste has it. SLS is a very strong chemical they used for all sorts of things including cleaning exterior buildings. There is a cheap toothpaste that is called UltraBrite, costs a buck usually, and it has something called Sodium Monofluorophosphate.
2)Use mouthwash everyday. Oddly if I keep on this program they Go away MUCH faster. I had some really big painful ones that were going on for like 3 weeks, I got some plain ol mouthwash and they were gone in like 2-3 days.
Its weird but it works for me!
Good luck.