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I think this may be the first time I actually pulled my
laptop out while on a plane..maybe not.Anyway, I figure I can kill some time as I fly from Tucson to
Houston.It’s been a minute since
I’ve had the chance to travel and boy am I glad that God blessed me with the
opportunity to make this trip.On
August 18th, my mom and I flew to Tucson for my “dental
vacation.”Last year shortly
before I left Japan, I started to have some pain in one of my teeth.I went to see the dentist in Japan who
to make a long story short, did a terrible half-a$$ed job of a root canal on my
tooth.The tooth gave me trouble
back when I got home so I went to my mother’s dentist.Thankfully she didn’t charge me too
much (I don’t have dental insurance) to check it and give me some antibiotics
and pain killers.She then
referred me to an endodontist who also agreed that he had never seen such a
poor partial root canal done.He
said that I would likely need to have that tooth pulled and since it was a
molar in the back of my mouth (but between two other teeth), I would need an
implant or a bridge.He also said
that the tooth behind it would likely need a root canal in the future.When I called around to get
quotes for the work I’d need done, it looked like I’d have to pay $3000 plus
since I don’t have insurance.As
most of you know, I haven’t had a full time job since I moved back to
Pittsburgh in August 2008.
Thanks to my girl D in Japan who I traveled to Thailand and
Vietnam with, I became aware of people traveling to have medical/dental
procedures done.Feeling rather
weary about Japanese doctors, she visited a few doctors in Thailand while we
were vacationing.SOOO when I
found out how much my dental work would cost, I immediately thought I’d do some
research to see how much it would cost to have it done in Canada.I looked online and found that Canada
pretty much costs the same but someone suggested going down to MEXICO!I too was hesitant at first, like I’d
be getting bootleg dental work from a dentist that could be a crook and so on.
But then I did some more research and found that I could get the work done for
almost half the price of what I’d have to pay in the states.
I was not very familiar with Mexico’s geography and the only
place that really came to mind was Tiajuana?, a place I didn’t think I’d want
to go.I looked up some more info
and found that there was a city in Mexico, Nogales, about an hour from Tucson,
Arizona!GOOD NEWS!I have an aunt and uncle that live in
Tucson so I figured I could pay them a visit (the last time I was down there
was when I was 6 years old) and hop down to Mexico to get my dental work
done.At first I thought it was
going to take a lot to convince my mom to feel okay about the trip but when I
posted something in reference to it on Facebook, a lady who used to live in the
neighborhood I grew up in that moved to Phoenix, AZ said that she knew of
people that went down to Mexico for dental work.I figured that would give my mom some more assurance. So
when I told her about it, she didn’t hesitate to make this a vacation with
me.She said we could go visit my
aunt and uncle and make the trip down to Nogales for my teeth.
On the 19th , my mom and I got up and caught a
shuttle from Tucson to Nogales for $10 each.The ride ended up being about an hour and a half because a
few other passengers had to be picked up.When we got to the border we were a little nervous as we weren’t sure
what was going to happen and although we had a map, we weren’t certain where to
go.Thanks to the help of a guy
who rode the shuttle with us, he directed us to some taxi drivers who charged
us $5 to take us to the dentist’s office.We later learned that it was only about a 10 minute walk from the border
but it made it easier to be driven there the first time.
When I got to the dentist office, I was greeted by Dr.Velazquez and his assistant.I was given medical history forms to
complete and then taken into the back to be examined.I told him that my dentist back home said that I needed a
root canal in my back molar and a 3-unit bridge.He looked at my teeth and said that he didn’t think a root
canal was necessary.He also
inspected under my tongue, something that I never recall being done in the
states OR in Japan.He found a
bony protrusion under my tongue called a TOR..something…anyway, he said that
it’s normal but that he had to let me know it was there because he found
it.After that, he said that he
would examine the tooth that I was concerned about the root canal again more
closely but from what he could tell it did not need one.SO, I would need the bridge which would
consist of 3 crowns.If any of you
have ever gotten a root canal done, you know those suckers cost about $600-$700
and crowns cost even more at about $1200+.He also showed me some other teeth that had filings that
were old and that will eventually need crowns too (go figure).For this trip, we decided to have the
bridge, a filling and cleaning which would cost me a total of $1675.Much cheaper than in the US.So he went to work and the following
week I went back and had the work complete.
I am very satisfied with the work of Dr. Velazquez…he is
very compassionate and does what he can to assure you are comfortable along the
way.He even gave me a
souvenir (my teeth molds and temporary crowns ) lol.
Tucson is not the most exciting city, as my mother and I
couldn’t really find much of interest to do. My aunt and uncle have lived down
there for 30 something years but they just do their regular routines, work,
church, and whatever.My aunt is a
shop a holic so that is pretty much all she did with us..from swap meets to all
the malls…walmart about 5 times…I swear I’m not going shopping until 2010.
All in all I had a very nice trip.It was nice seeing my aunt and uncle and spending some
quality time with them.We also
had the chance to attend Rising Star Baptist church which was truly a
blessing.We heard this young
minister preach during the youth service the first Sunday we were there and it
was so moving!I also go to go see
the daycare where my Aunt works…cute little kids.
One thing I do know for sure is that I could not see myself
living in Tucson.It is way too
hot, too dry and not very visually appealing.There also didn’t seem to be much to do.I might complain about the cold of
Pittsburgh but I like the city much better than down in the desert lol.
Yep, so God is good.I really enjoyed my trip but am looking forward to getting back to home
and returning to my regular routine!
Yesterday after the whole ordeal with the application situation, I called a person from the HR Dept that my cousin knew. This morning they returned my call and to make a long story short, the HR guy changed my answer so that my application would at least get processed SOOOO there may be hope..THERE IS HOPE! Next funny thing is when I went to ask the HR guy his last name, it really stuck out and turns out that he married a girl I went to school (elem-h.s.)! Small world.
After that, I put in some part time hours, counseling my distraught roomie...I tell ya God works in mysterious ways and in regards to her situation a good thing worked out. I'lll tell you the story later, maybe.
Anyway after that I took a nap cuz for some reason I always wake up at 530-6 cant get back to sleep then have to nap later to let my body catch up on his loooovely sweet sleep. When I got back up, I pumped out another resume and cover letter for another position at a school here in Pittsburgh, again I think I'm a perfect fit! But we'll see what God has in store. I kinda feel a change coming.
So what else has been going on in my life since I came back to the states almost a year ago. Nothing really. I have spent the past year looking for a full time job, which as many of you know or have heard, SUCKS. When I first got back I found a job with the Japan America Society of PA. It was a part time position but I felt like it had so much potential for me. HOWEVER, as time went on and I got to see how nasty, incompetent and money hungry the executive director was, I quickly had to look for another job.
My next job was teaching Japanese, again part time, at an elementary school. I've been doing that but I really am not satisfied with the job. I don't feel as if it gives me a chance to grow professionally and it doesn't do much for my Japanese since is such a basic level that I teach. The children frustrate me a lot too...there are discipline problems and I just don't have the patience anymore to spend 20 of 45 minutes trying to get students to listen and follow directions. BUT this is my only source of income so I am kinda stuck between a rock and hard place. I have been applying for so many jobs this year and have only had ONE interview (obviously with no luck). I know I am intelligent and I've worked so hard to get where I'm at and again I'm feeling like no one is appreciating or taking advantage of the opportunity to have a hard working person like me work for them. I know there's a lot of BS with the job hunting world..positions advertised that you actually don't have a slim chance in hell of getting because they already have planned to hire someone in house but just HAVE to give others opportunities to apply for, the list goes on.
Again, this is a very tiring process.
I have been quite sad lately and feel kinda hopeless. I am doing what I can to try to get a job and am seeing no results. I don't even know if my resume gets read. I thought that my life would be back to *normal* when I came back to America. I had no clue it would be almost impossible for me to find a man here and even worse, a job. BUT I'm alive, and kinda healthy...with no medical insurance even if I wasn't.
The next thing you'll probably see me blog about is my dental vacation to Mexico....that should be worth sharing. Peace yall and thanks for reading my blog and praying for me if you do!!