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11 September 2012 @ 08:22 pm
The post I dread to make  
(ETA: I have added jewelry to be "bartered" for donations at this post. I will be amending that post as I get more jewelry made. Keep an eye on it, please, or just check my LJ every now and then, if you could be so kind.)

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No, nobody died.

Now that that's out of the way, here's where I make the post I've dreaded to make. But I have to make it. I have to ask. If I don't ask (and people do or don't respond), then I can't say I didn't try. Right?

I have a medical emergency.

It's not a pretty one. It's not even exotic. It's not a cute disease or something I'm in the ICU for (yet).

I have a tooth that's abscessed. Badly. And another that's cracked and also needs repair (and is possibly dying, too).

The abscessed one and the one that's cracked are upper molars that I knew were problems, but we started the moving process, I ignored them as best I could (I slept badly these last 3 months, sucking on my teeth as I slept, and eating soft food during days) and figured when the move was done I could find a local dentist to pick up where my old one left off -- and get these suckers drilled and new fillings put in.

But they cracked. And the one is abscessing now (my face is swollen, painful, hot, and yes, it's going up the head and down the neck -- and YES, I'm on antibiotics and am scheduled to go for the root canal on Thursday, unless it gets even worse before then). The other cracked and clearly also needs a cap but also probably a root canal (they'll only know when they look closer on Thursday).

I have no dental insurance.

Because of the emergency nature of the abscessed tooth (root canal, temporary cap, then permanent cap, plus further close exam of the adjoining molar to determine if it just needs a cap or a root canal too), I'm looking at about $4,000 total for these two teeth alone.

$4000 -- and the dentist requires (as I have no insurance) payment at the time of the treatment, or they won't do it. That's Thursday -- day after tomorrow.

We have $1000 in the bank total, no major payments coming in from clients in the near future (NOTE TO AUTHORS: Yes, thanks for recommending us for copyediting when you can, to your publishers, but bear in mind that a single copyedit of a single book pays as much as $300. That's it. It sucks, it does. But it's the nature of the beast.) We have outstanding bills for electricity, gas, Internet -- and that's just for the new house. We're delinquent on all the bills for the old house, and the bank has started foreclosure on it, which means if it sells, we'll never see a penny. They may shut off all the utilities here, too -- we can't pay the bills as it is.

So here I am, hat in hand.

This will break us if I don't get some help.

What I can do in return for any donations:

  • Make you bespoke jewelry: I work in sterling silver and gold, have in stock some gorgeous boro glass as well as semiprecious and some surprisingly beautiful glass from India, just as a few examples. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces. We can negotiate with what I have in stock here (was going to do more stuff to set up an Etsy store, but this is more important by far -- I'd rather barter bespoke jewelry for the root canal...)

  • Make you bespoke knitting/craft counter bracelets and/or knitting row markers: examples are found here, along with the beads I use for the counters -- I also have a more varied stock of charms than that site shows.

  • Work out a barter with you as an editor, line-editor, copy editor, proofreader, or even designer/typesetter. I do all of those things, and have done for over 25 years professionally for the major publishers (as well as individual authors). I can design and convert to e-books as well as work with for-print books.

  • Work out a barter for my design work. (See above.)

  • Barter with my existing jewelry from my mother: bartering with you folks is actually better than trying to sell anything for the worth of the raw gold or silver. All of this stuff has gems: diamonds, turquoise (her favorite, and there's some gorgeous stuff), rubies, you name it. My mother had an incredible collection of jewelry dating from the '40s onwards. If anyone's interested in some of the pieces for a serious barter, I can photograph them.


There may be another barter you'd like to work out -- such as a wander through my antique china collection or crystal collection (family heirlooms).

The hat's out. I just hope some of you can help.

Best alternative: BROADCAST THIS. Pass it along. Let people know that I've finally hit that one medical emergency no one, no agency, no federal or state program will help me with.

The only other option is to let the abscess run its course until I'm hospitalized via the ER, and they actually remove the tooth. It's the main molar on the upper left (and its neighbor), which would leave me with no teeth to chew against on the left side of my mouth. And did I note: I live in fear of losing my teeth -- to the point of phobia. THIS IS COMPLETELY FREAKING ME OUT. Besides, if I wait and let the abscess become that bad, there's a BIG risk of brain infection and permanent damage, as well as death.

There has to be a better way. Help me make a better way.

Link is on my right-hand upper sidebar -- the big PAYPAL blue & white button is my PayPal account. Barring that, you can Send Money via PayPal to: nhanger AT windhaven DOT com. Or write to me asking for my street address [I'm a terrible person and haven't updated all that at my business domain site yet, since moving].

ETA: The response from you all has been amazing: donations, lots of wonderful WONDERFUL notes of kindness and love and support, sales to you all of jewelry, and requests for more jewelry, and most of all (I'm repeating myself, I know), the LOVE. I'm surrounded by it -- you guys are astounding. I'm humbled. Thank you. Keep on boosting the signal!
 
 
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ginmarginmar on September 12th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
And you didn't call me why?

I'm linking to this post. You have no choice in the matter.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Mostly because I talk like my tongue is the size of a shovel, right now.

Thank you for the link!!!
(no subject) - ginmar on September 12th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - editrx on September 12th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nancylebov on September 12th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Indian Stream Health Center - Thomas Monaghan on September 12th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Indian Stream Health Center - editrx on September 12th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Liz Bennefeld: Blowing Cloudspatchwork_prose on September 12th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Sent you an email.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
Will check. THANK YOU!
Staceybuddykat on September 12th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Signal boosted, here on LJ and over on Facebook. I wish I could afford to help more.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Signal boost is MUCH appreciated!! That help in and of itself.
ThroughAnAmberFocus: Nine Rose from behind arm aroundamberfocus on September 12th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
I am so sorry for your pain. I wish I had the money right now to help, but everything extra is going to DS's medical bills. (((HUGS))) I passed it along, though.

Edited at 2012-09-12 03:15 am (UTC)
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Signal boosting is help in and of itself!! hugs!!!
Anderyn Gabrielanderyn on September 12th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
I donated something just now (it'll be from top@---.ams.com). It's not a lot, but I know dental woes -- as I said in the note to the donation, I've had a good ten root canals with attendant abcesses, and I just got a crown put in today. I'll be linking over here in my journal.

PM me about any barter you might be up for.

Oh! Refered here from ginmar.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Will PM you. I'm up for just about any barter to get these teeth fixed, and the attendant help from y'all.

And thank you.

And do abscesses really swell up and hurt this much? Is this normal? I mean, when do I know I'm at the "OMG I must go to the ER now" stage? Any ideas?
Abcesses R us - anderyn on September 12th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Abcesses R us - editrx on September 12th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Abcesses R us - anderyn on September 12th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Barry Newtonashcomp on September 12th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
If there's a dental school you can get to, they usually need patients for the students to practice on. Either free or much discounted. Worth a shot.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Alas, none up here in the Upper Valley (New Hampshire). And you'd think with the world-class Dartmouth Medical School here .... sigh.

I checked around, and closest is Boston - 4 hours away. :(
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a curious collection of circumstances: rat has a plushy; ur argument is invalidyouraugustine on September 12th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Hey. You don't know me, nor I you, but I dropped what I could in the hat. I hope you can get the work you need, and I'm so sorry you have to do this.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
OMG thank you! Random acts of kindness are amazing to me -- I keep breaking into tears.
古崇賢, aka Brother Claymore of Perpetual Peacedcseain on September 12th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
I signal boosted, but have nothing i can contribute beyond that right now. Hope it goes well for you.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Seriously, signal boosting is a HUGE help. Thank you for that alone! Hugs.
chochiyo_sama: MEchochiyo_sama on September 12th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
I am so sorry--I am in dire straits myself at this time--I spent a good part of the day on the phone, in tears, with bill collectors myself, trying to make them understand that I have NO MONEY AT ALL. None. All I can get from the folks at social services are a medical card and a EBT card that allows me to buy $200 a month of food only. No deoderant or toilet paper. No cat litter or cat food. No plastic wrap or paper towel.

I wish I could help as I too have had an abcessed tooth in the past and I know how terribly, terribly painful they are. The only thing I *can* do is tell you that when I was teaching, the school nurse went to the salvation army for help for a student whose teeth were beyond awful--rotting in her mouth. Her breath was like a refrigerator full of rotting meat. Ugh.

There was a local dentist who volunteered his time for the salvation army several times a month--and she was moved to the head of the line for help. Perhaps this is something you might try?

If I had some discretionary money it would be on its way to you.

Again, I am so sorry this is happening to you. :(
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Don't worry about helping me - I know what it's like! But ... passing along the word helps a great deal. Just doing that, and letting me know things like checking with Salvation Army or other local volunteer groups (there's one in the area - we have no others, really - that's called LISTEN, and they may have ideas) -- just that is helping, because this abscess has me (1) freaking out, and (2) pretty much brain-dead. So THANK YOU -- you've helped just with the note you made. Really!

Hugs to you -- yeah, I'm about to head down the social services path myself, and it's freakin' scary.
(no subject) - alchemia on September 12th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
Síocháin Columanbhanfhlaith on September 12th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
you don't know me either but I might be willing to negotiate something for certain jewelry pieces (I like gold, and gemstones, and Victoriana or glittery things) Drop me a note if interested.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes and yes. I can look and see what Victoriana-type pieces I have, and I do have a lot of Matronly Looking Brooches that are mostly gold gold gold and DIAMONDS. Some with diamonds and rubies. Or diamonds and turquoise. Not sure if those are up your alley, or not. I can photograph some of this stuff, too. (And it also depends on your price point and tastes for the barter: some of this stuff is worth in the hundreds+ to the right person, but is of sentimental value. Some is worth $$ but is frankly not to my tastes and not necessarily sentimental. And there's a lot of it floating around: knowing what to photograph will help. Email me? editrx @ gmail . com )

Then of course there's the junk I make. I'm about to post some photos of things I have I was about to put up on Etsy but would rather barter for help with this emergency instead.
fabricdragonfabricdragon on September 12th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
signal boosted, and its gotten out to FB...

a couple things to look at
(you may have already..)
1. i do NOT know what yous income may be.,.. but in SOME states the "emergency welfare determination" can be expedited rather fast, and it includes some health coverage.

2. find out if the hospital has a dental school.. or if there is a medical dental school near you. i had much of my work done there.. they took payments, and were cheap too... (and pretty darn good)

3. http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/washington_dc_free_dental_clin.html

yes you may not be in DC.. HOWEVER these groups often know each other.. ask them!

good luck
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Once upon a time, of course, I was in DC. New Hampshire does have some services, but they've mostly been gutted by the current state legislature, alas. A lot of private services have stepped in, including a reasonably local one called LISTEN. I'm going to call them tomorrow morning. Or have Elric do it, since I sound like I'm Talula Bankhead trying to talk with a shovel in her mouth instead of a tongue.

The local hospital is Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, attached to Dartmouth Medical School, but they have no dental program at all. However, four hours south is Boston, and there are several dental schools there. Again, tomorrow we're going to call there as well.

Alas, state medical help, and local medical help for the indigent and/or uninsured/under-insured doesn't cover dental at all. Not even fillings. They'll send you to a surgeon to yank a bad tooth out entirely, but I (1) like chewing food (it's both back upper molars, side by side, leaving me with nothing to chew with on the left), and (2) I can't get implants, because I have an autoimmune disease (Secondary Sjögren's), even if I could afford implants (state and local medical aid sure as hell doesn't pay for implants, or even denture fittings). With $1000 in the bank, and being self-employed means I'm not "unemployed" even if I don't have work, I'm the poster child for The Person Who Falls Between the Cracks.

I used to work hospice chaplaincy many moons ago when I was well, so I know a lot of the strings to pull and where to look for aid. NH is a pretty bad state to be in when uninsured, and worse for dental problems.

When I moved, I wish I'd gone to VT. I was stupid.

I may lose my teeth, and they may turn off my power, but at least I now have a house that's mine and mine alone. Although the foreclosure on the other house we left behind ... they may be able to lein on this one. In which case, it's all over.

God, now I'm depressed again.

I did mean to say THANK YOU -- and I mean it -- for the FB boost. That helps a LOT. Really it does. I appreciate every boost I can get!
beatthereaperbeatthereaper on September 12th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
And yet another person you don't know, just someone with bad teeth who found his way over here from Ellen Kushner's LJ.

You might want to check out CareCredit, a medical credit card run by GE. You can apply on-line and get an immediate response including all the info you need to use the credit line at your dentist. Obviously the amount you get will depend on your financial circumstances. You should check to see if your dentist will accept it but that can be done from the site.

I'm not a shill and I have only anectodotal info on the company. My wife used it once years ago and I will be using it very shortly. I offer no guarantee or promotion of the service beyond that. It's just that it sounds like something you should look into.

I happen to be beyond broke myself at the moment so all I can offer is this suggestion.

Good luck with your teeth. Good luck with the dentist and the finances.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
We actually have Care Credit, and unfortunately are still paying off the amount due to them (the max we had) from the last round of fillings and a cap I had done more than a year ago.

I have Sjogren's Syndrome, so this is something I should have expected would get worse (my teeth, that is), but paying off the Care Credit when I had the money (sort of) wasn 't something I did. And that was a HUGE mistake. Because now I need it.

If we have anything left on it (I think maybe $200 tops? I have to check), believe me, the procedure(s) going to go onto it. It's really just a credit card, so to speak, for medical care -- for the facilities that accept it.

And the new dentist? I made sure accepted it. :)

Thanks for thinking of that, though -- it really is a good service, if you have credit and you have the money to pay them back (there's a percentage, like credit cards, but less than most credit cards). It's good recommendation and I'd second the motion to use it when/if you can. It's the best alternative to putting medical stuff on plastic.
Kristy ArledgeKristy Arledge on September 12th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Hi!
I dont know you but a friend posted this to facebook. I hope you are able to raise the money! I donated!

Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: Hi!
OMG! Thank you, Random Stranger of Kindness.

I'm sitting here crying. You all are so kind.

Maybe it's the painkiller I took earlier, but seriously, you all REALLY ARE incredible, all you people of Random Acts of Kindness.
slweippertslweippert on September 12th, 2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Got here from facebook & signal boosted in my LJ. I want to do more, but have to discus budget with Hunnybun before I send money. I hate being poor. :(
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Hey, the signal boost is in itself a help! I understand being poor -- don't feel you have to donate. Or if you do want to help but would like some jewelry, for instance, I just posted pieces I have sitting here already made. And then there's always some bespoke jewelry from my stash of materials..... ::tempt tempt tempt::
Idiomagicidiomagic on September 12th, 2012 05:51 am (UTC)
I saw your post linked on Xanath's LJ and donated a few ducats. I'm very interested in having a poetry manuscript converted to ebook form in 5 or 6 months...when you're better, drop me a line and we'll see what we can work out.
I'll have more $$ available this weekend, so can drop another $50 or so if that will help.

Good luck, stay strong, and thank you for the chance to pay forward the help I got from LJ years ago when I had huge dental bills. :)
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
OMG thank you! More people from friends of friends of friends! This is really incredible. And so very humbling. And awesome, in the very meaning of the word.

Sure -- I'd be more than happy to convert a poetry ms to an ebook, design and everything! That would be a great project to work on. Do contact me when you're ready with it, or even if you have questions before you're ready to finalize the ms. I'm at your service. Really.

And yes, anything helps now. I'm boosting through all of you as fast as I can, so when Thursday comes I can come to my doctor without just an empty hand and two fast-dying teeth. :)
picklebootpickleboot on September 12th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
i do not know you, but omg, do i sympathize with your situation. i am on pain control that has decimated my teeth and we are scrounging for money for the dental surgery to remove all but 4 of my teeth and put in dentures. i am 38 and have only had 4 cavities and one root canal before this.

i can barter something. rubies- i love them, i'm a jeweler, and i am willing to help make things for you to sell. i have rare tanzanite stone beads and all sorts of fun stuff. pm me.

my husband had to have a huge abcess drained at the er a week and a bit ago, so i totally understand. not fun.

Edited at 2012-09-12 06:16 am (UTC)
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
OMG! That would be fabulous! I'd love to have you do that -- in a very selfish way, I'd love to see what you come up with anyway, as I love to see what other jewelers do. :)

I wonder if my years and years of painkillers that only exacerbated my already very dry mouth syndrome (I have Secondary Sjögren's) is doing in my teeth even faster? I'm off everything but Celebrex & some secondary pain meds like Tylenol, but several of the other medications I have to take daily for the Sjögren's cause dry mouth still, and of course the syndrome itself causes very dry mouth, throat, etc. This is now my 2nd and 3rd root canals, in the space of 2 years. Until now I've had cavities, but they've been few and far between. I feel like it's all ramping up very quickly. Is that what happened to you?

I'm so sorry for your own issues -- I'm terrified of dentures. I know they're different now, but ... they're probably in my future. Is it awful? Do you feel comfortable sharing about your experience so far?

I'll PM you and we can talk about what materials I have to hand and what I can send you to create some more jewelry.
(no subject) - pickleboot on September 12th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - 6_penny on September 16th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Remylildutchgrrl on September 12th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Put something in the hat 'cause copperwise said.
Also because I am in favor of chewing, And copyediting.
Remylildutchgrrl on September 12th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
('cause it keeps me from doing things like that, for example)
(no subject) - editrx on September 12th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
Claudiawildwinterwitch on September 12th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
If there were more time I'd auction fic. I might do that anyway, see what the turnout is by Thu. When's the surgery? Alternatively, I'll pick something from your list.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
It's on Thursday morning, but I suspect if I come in hand with a few hundred dollars (which I have by now, due to the kindness of strangers -- OMG this is so humbling and so incredible...), the dentist will let me pay the rest of the bill in a few stages at least.

Auctioning fic would be AWESOME -- you know how much I adore your fic, right? This isn't just painkillers talking; I just went back and reread all of Cloisters last week as a "comfort" thing, to make the week go a bit better for me. You're one of the better writers I know, and not just of fanfic. Really. Just getting to read a new piece will be present enough for me. ;)
(no subject) - wildwinterwitch on September 12th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Luke Jaywalkerluke_jaywalker on September 12th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Boosted the signal on FB... and my good friends the authors Shirley Meier and Michael Z. Williamson (other people reading this comment - they're awesome people, buy their stuff!) were kind enough to further re-boost it.

Also, stand by for email... there may be more I can do...
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
OH LUKE -- thank you, hon! Thank you so much. I know you have feelers out everywhere these days -- just boosting it (and through those two authors, both of whom I know a bit, and of course I worked with Michael -- though he may not remember it -- at Baen) is going to be a huge help. :)

I just posted some jewelry for "barter" for donation, so to speak. I can make more bespoke jewelry tomorrow (between chapters of a book I have due back to Tor by the 18th) if there's interest. And other stuff like graphic design thank-you or gift or blank cards, etc. I'd rather help via donation-for-stuffs than just handouts (though every person who has donated is going to get something from me, or several somethings, whether they know it or not..... ::sneaky eyes::).
(no subject) - mzmadmike on September 12th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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All the Colours of the Merainbow on September 12th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
Here via a friend on FB,a nd I've boosted the signal on my FB, LJ, and DW.

Energy for a wildly successful (and as comfortable as possible) outcome heading your way.

~Carys
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Thank you for the boost! All the help I can get is ... helping!

And thanks for the well wishes -- comfortable is something I hope to be again someday soon. This pain is getting worse. :(
(no subject) - rainbow on September 12th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
t_windling on September 12th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
'Came here from the link on Mia Nutick's FB page. Mia and many others helped me out when I had scary medical & legal bills last year, so I understand the tough spot you're in. I wish I could donate more, but we're still getting back on our feet ourselves. Good luck and get well! The world needs good copy-editors.


Edited at 2012-09-12 08:45 am (UTC)
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 09:26 am (UTC)
Oh Terri -- thank you for even thinking of me. I'd heard last year about your own tough spots, and wished at the time I could have donated something -- to hear from you means a GREAT deal. Thank you to both of you ( and to Mia, whom I don't think I know!).

Can't sleep for the discomfort (and a sudden cold snap; we don't have heat on in the house yet this season) ; I'll go take a look at Mia's FB. By the way, I'm "Nancy C. Hanger" over there.
(Anonymous) on September 12th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
Sympathy
I have nightmares where I wake up, and my teeth have all fallen out, and I've been in your situation. I lost two teeth, myself because I had no insurance, and a low paying job. I have dental insurance now, but still not much money. I've added a bit to the pot, but sending healing your way as well.
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Sympathy
Thank you so very very much -- the response from people has been astounding and humbling. And the love is amazing.

Yeah, I have reoccurring nightmares about my teeth being loose and falling out. I've had them all my life. Imagine me sitting in the dentist's chair yesterday and him saying (several times!): "Oh man, this one's really loose, too." And he WIGGLED IT.

I actually had to make him step away so I could do deep breathing and calm down before I started to scream my lungs out and scare all his patients. I don't think he understood the depth of my phobia.

He says the looseness is from the surrounding tendons and that when the root canal is all set, it'll tighten back up and the tooth will be fine -- that it's solidly set in the bone, it's just the tendons that loosened from the pressure above of the "output" of crap from the root dissolving into muck and pushing (and creating the abscess).

I'm willing myself hard to believe him. I had more nightmares last night.

I wonder what the whole loose tooth/losing teeth dreams mean?
Rachelmrs_roy on September 12th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
Pimped and then some! xx
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
HUGSSSSS! Thank you, Mrs. the signal boost is helping!! Been thinking about you and sending healing thoughts your way, too. :)

<3
(no subject) - mrs_roy on September 15th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
amanda_in_japanamanda_in_japan on September 12th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Hi, you don't know me, but I've donated a sum and posted a link to this on Tumblr. I also e-mailed you.

-Amanda
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Amanda -- thank you! All these strangers being so kind to me is so humbling and so astounding. THANK YOU AGAIN. You guys are the best.

And thank you for the link -- signal boosting is doubly helpful. I'm bowled over by how many people are helping in so many ways, even just passing the word (which is a great deal of the battle).

I'll check for your email (I may have already replied -- I'm getting pretty loopy from the abscess today, without any painkillers).
Reannonreannon on September 12th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
You might have explored this already, but talk to Modest Needs or a local charity. They step in for exactly this kind of problem. I wish I didn't know this firsthand.

Also: boosting signal, and sending the big glare at your dentist for being willing to risk your LIFE. I don't suppose there's any other dentist willing to do emergency work on a payment plan?
Editrxeditrx on September 12th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
The dentist I'm now seeing (rather than the incompetent first one) I =think= will take stuff in some payments, but I'm pretty sure as a new patient I sort of have to pay as much as possible up front. I mean, he's only seen me just the once, for the evaluation. Bringing me in for an emergency root canal (probably two) is pretty good of him at all: they take a number of hours.

THANK YOU for boosting the signal. The response here has been amazing -- I'm not sure all my dizziness today is due to the abscess; I think some of it's from being so astounded by all of you guys!
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