When I think of becoming a “real” adult, I picture my parents. Memories of them sitting at the dining room table and doing their bills, going to their jobs, making sure my sister’s and I got to school, you know typical adult stuff. I also remember them scheduling appointments for me to go to the doctor, the optometrist, and the dentist.
Now that I’m on my own it is up to me to make those appointments. The thing is… I haven’t.
I only recently got my eyes checked because my prescription was so out of wack I couldn’t really see anymore. I haven’t been to a doctor since 2009 and I don’t really ever want to go (I seriously hate people touching me). Unfortunately, due to getting a hammerfist to the side of the jaw at my Krav Maga class I had to visit the dentist. It turns out that I had broken one of my wisdom teeth and needed to get it removed.
Yep, I still have ALL of my wisdom teeth. And now at the ripe ol’ age of 25, I was finally getting one removed.
Not only do I hate the dentist with a fiery passion, since I think strangers putting their fingers in my mouth is gross and uncomfortable, I have also been postponing this visit because of my financial situation. I don’t have benefits and the thought of paying the full price for someone to root around in my mouth was a horrifying thought. I also am currently low on funds due to the jerkwads at H&R Block, so paying for this tooth extraction seriously frightened not only me, but my bank account as well.
I tried to ignore the red-hot pain that was the open nerve endings in my mouth but I knew that I had to get it fixed.
I finally bit the bullet and had my tooth removed. It took an hour of my time and a hefty chunk from my wallet, but in the end it was well worth it.
(Yup, that’s my tooth!)
For those of you who are like me and hate having people prod around in your mouth, I totally understand why you don’t want to go. BUT, please do not wait an eternity like I did and miss out on using benefits (either your own or your parents’). I now understand the importance of regular check-ups!
Next on my hit list… the doctor 🙁
Wish me luck!