Finally! An update!
I'm ready to share some thoughts about my experience!
Date: 11/20/2006 2:57:34 PM ( 15 y ) ... viewed 2428 times
It's been a long time since I posted, so I will add this quick update to my blog for everybody's benefit. Several of you have e-mailed, and I apologize for not responding. I have had mixed feelings about where I chose to get my work done. I have run the emotional gammut, and I needed some time to let my feelings settle. I'm ready to share a bit now about my experience.
I chose Dr. Morales for my dental revision because his office could do it all in one day (with a follow up for adjusting my bite) and prepare me well with the on-site massage, and I could get the vitamin C drip (one of the best things you can possibly do, besides the massage) and the conscious sedation. Secondary to that, the price was reasonable. I actually spent about $1350 for my complete dental revision, which is a BARGAIN!! Of course, the plane tickets, motels, and car rental were all tacked on to that, but these are variable expenses, and you can really shop around to keep costs low.
I had a couple of issues. I paid for a temporary bridge, but never received one. I never mentioned it, and for just a $50 cost outlay, I did not feel that I needed to squabble over it. The tooth with the largest filling got broken during the process of garbage out-GoldCrown in, and Dr. Montana (Sorry if I got your name wrong), Dr. Morales' second, let me know that I would need to get it crowned. The tooth was sensitive for awhile, but I can eat pretty much anything without pain or sensitivity now (the exception is strong peppermint gum). It's been 18 months since my revision, and I still have the tooth (uncrowned). It's not a good idea to go around with the tooth uncrowned, but I don't like seeing dentists or doctors, so I will probably let it go for so long that I will just have to get it extracted in five or ten years. But maybe not. Hopefully I'll never need to have it removed.
There are a few more notable issues: I think that soon everyone will need to have a passport to go down to Mexico and back, though that may be just for people entering the US by boat and/or plane. There is always the possibility of kidnapping, as you would have anywhere in the world with the world being in the condition that it is in. I did not feel unsafe going to Tijuana, but I happen to have supernatural protection. I also have a very tough-looking husband/bodyguard. He has a pretty mean "bark" too.
Concerning the work, I cannot be 100 percent sure that Dr. Morales did all or even any of the work, as I was blissfully in lala land during most of the time I was in the chair. There was a professional to administer the sedation. However, as the sedation wore off near the end of my treatment, I was painfully aware of my root canaled tooth being wrestled out of my head, and I had a hard time getting anyone's attention about it. I finally had to resort to crying. One other negative: they gave me care instructions about my extraction, that I should put ice on it right away, but I sat in the office for hours after my treatment waiting for my ride back to the motel, and nobody ever gave me an ice pack!!! The office needs to realize that patient care does not end precisely when the person leaves the chair. This needs to be improved upon.
BTW, when you go to Mexico, the culture concerning time is quite different than in the US. If you have a 9 a.m. appointment, that means 9 a.m. "or so" and it's probably not going to ruffle any feathers whatsoever if you come dragging in at 9:30 or 10. And don't ever be in a hurry, ever! I really like this aspect of Mexican culture, but unfortunately, if you have a plane to catch back in the US, the plane's not going to wait for you, so allow PLENTY of time!! :)
One more thing before I end this note... Over the past 18 months, I have gradually noticed a positive upward health spiral. I've had an increase in my energy level. I also do not get the devastating headaches that used to plague me once or twice a month. Keep in mind that I am in perimenopause, which could have been a factor with the previous headaches. Also, I still liver flush (the mild, daily Dr. Schulze kind). My vocal range and stamina has improved. My hay fever is less. I have a better overall outlook on life. I hate to leave you all on a negative note, but there is a symptom that needs to be commented on: my ears still ring (tinnitus). I'll have to keep you posted on this one.
I do not take any supplements, and my diet is as bad as ever, although not as terrible as some peoples' diets. I continue to strive to improve it, but the temptations are everywhere with two ravenous men in the house to constantly cook for. This makes it especially hard to fast. I do take Dr. Schulze's liver/gb tincture & tea and his kidney/bladder tincture and tea (orally). I have made these myself using his marvelous recipes and they seem to make a huge difference. I also occassionally use his women's formula tincture when my hot flashes flare up. This is a wonderful product that I have also made from scratch. What would I do with out Dr. Schulze? He's a blessing from God!
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