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Karyn’s October Challenge: #Adulting

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.

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Now that I’m on my own it is up to me to make those appointments. The thing is… I haven’t.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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(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!

-Karyn

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