Friday, May 15, 2009
The other day, the periodontist's office called with insurance info for my procedures. The two gum grafts will cost $1,400 each, and the gingivectomies will cost $1,600. I have $800 in dental insurance remaining for this year, and $1,000 total (if the state doesn't cut it, as seems likely) for next year.
I'm lucky to have any dental insurance, but that's still a lot of money out of pocket. I was hoping that my summer-teaching salary could go towards a nice trip to Hawai'i or Alaska, but it's going to be paying for periodontal work instead.
But at least we have the money. So many people don't.
Meanwhile, I went to see my primary-care doc, who sent me for knee x-rays and bloodwork. He doesn't think I have asthma, and the allergies have been doing better on Zertec.
I've been exercising again these last two days, but I'm still achy everywhere. It usually takes about a week of daily exercise for me to start feeling like myself again, so I just need to keep at it.
Meanwhile, though, my weight's skyrocketed to an all-time high. I've always been a tiny person, and I don't think I look particularly heavy -- although there's definitely more padding than there used to be -- but my BMI's 24.4, which is still in "normal" range but alarmingly close to "overweight."
Some of this is undoubtedly perimenopausal metabolism change, and some of it's the fact that I gain weight on antidepressants. (When I went off Prozac some years ago, I lost twenty pounds.) I can't do anything about the perimenopause, and it doesn't seem like a great time to go off meds, so I'm just going to have to exercise like an Energizer Bunny and try to eat less.