okay. let's see.
the phoneline for customers to reach the company we do customer service for broke down twice today causing a weird mixture of either no-calls, or calls trying to reach a different department. this lasted for a combined hour and a half, almost two - once in the morning, once in late afternoon. so that meant lots of calling and finicky crap, while trying to keep the team motivated.
sent the kids off to get some sales-training to be able to sell stronger. varied result.
went to my dentist. had him do four x-rays, and then something called a panoramic x-ray of my whole jaw and teeth and whatnot. i laughed throughout that whole last bit - i felt like i was in the machine that arnold was in for his headtrip in total recall - when the x-ray machine moved and did a circle thing around my head, i was shaking with laughter. i looked very silly.
my dentist is very, very thorough. first, he showed me what teeth are causing problems by showing me the x-rays on a tv-screen. after doing a full exam of all my teeth to catalogue previous dental work, he used a tiny camera to snap close-up digital photo's of the offending teeth that will need work, and in detail explained and showed exactly what the problems were, what they would turn into, and why they needed fixing.
you know. it's a lot easier to brush off (no pun intended!) a new dentist's suggestions for expensive dental work if you don't have a colour-photo macro of your fractured teeth to stare at. MEH. my poor teeth. no wonder some of them ache. MY POOR WALLET. ugh.
the combined cost of what needs to be done (and i don't distrust him - he also pointed out things that are minor and don't need to be fixed, and provided me with two potential bills - one where i get everything done the "best" but costlier way, and one with the budget alternative treatments. of course, the budget route means several of the thingies will probably become problems again within a few years and mean i end up spending more.) equals a full month's salary for me, pre-taxes.
oh well. first, i will investigate a bit. then i'm talking it over with dad. and then i'm going to figure out how to finance it. my teeth = a Really Really nice digital system camera. MEH. (i don't mean that as an either/or, it's just a comparison.)
once i got home, mom updated me on how my uncle's surgery is going. it's pretty damn hard to feel bitter about spending money to fix teeth when, at the same time, a relative is undergoing a 16 hour long surgery to remove his lower jaw, teeth and part of the tongue and is facing chemo and more than a year of rehabilitation just to be able to eat and speak again.
so. my teeth will be fine. i'm fine. i hope my uncle will be as fine as can be expected. :/