Hey, how are you all doing? I’m actually not doing so great. Just a few nights ago I barely managed to escaped being kicked out by my mom’s husband and then the next day I get the news of how much it will cost to fix my teeth. I am actually pretty devastated right now and with a new bill of around $12,000 I thought I didn’t have much left to lose and started a GoFundMe page for help. ( http://www.gofundme.com/Edins-Bump-in-Recovery ) So if you could help share this or donate I would be so grateful words couldn’t compare, but I could still try!
I’ll put in more detail below about what’s going on:
I recently received some devastating news on how much it would cost to fix my teeth and the only thing I can do is turn to you and ask for help.
I have felt this large hole in my upper right molar for a while now - I suspect it was a filling that fell out, but I do not know for sure - and only recently got enough money to go get an exam done to see what we can do to get it fixed. Well, a lot more than what I was bargaining for popped up. I have a very bad infection in my gums and I need 6 crowns redone with 2 additional ones, 3 root canals, and many cavities filled. Now, how did my mouth get to be so bad? Well, it’s a bit of a story.
It all started when I was 13, in 2008, I caught a virus and had cold like symptoms that just never went away and kept developing into something more severe. It eventually lead to me being bedridden for about 4 years. To this day I am still battling with multiple illnesses.
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Acid Reflux, and some that still aren’t figured out yet like my chronic headaches and whether or not I have Fibromyalgia or something else like nerve damage.
In that time my ability to take care of myself vanished along with my hygiene and doctors had me on a high sodium diet for a long time. With the two together my dental health was bad. My enamel on my front teeth became so thin my teeth were transparent. Due to the years of hospitals bills piling on my single mother we could not afford to get the work done here in the US, so we went to the border to get what we thought was the same work for cheaper. But as I am finding out 2 years later, that was not the case. Due to my illness making me very lightheaded, dizzy, and ultimately confused all the time, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I went there wanting veneers and I came out with bad crowns. The top part of the crown if supposed to be flush with your gums, but mine are not. There is large gaps on every single one, allowing food to get trapped there and no way to clean them. This has caused me a bad infection called Gingivitis and if left for much longer, can start to eat away at the bone (progress to periodontitis).
I recently went out and got dental insurance to help cover the cost, but because I have not been with them for two years they will not cover a lot of things I need done. Though it did help with getting my cavities filled, so instead of the original 2,000 for the fillings it was brought down to 600. I have put down half and will pay the other half when I go in for my appointment on 9/9. After this I have exhausted my funds and I still have other work that needs to be done asap. Thanks to the insurance the original 14,000 has been brought down to 12,600, which I have paid 300 of.
Before I got hit with this news I was trying my hardest to get back on my feet after being bedridden for so long. It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve been able to make my first steps alone and I’ve come far. I started walking with my dog and attended two classes at college, then got my drivers’ license and upped my class count to three. Then this summer I got a full time office job, it was extremely taxing. My life was nothing but sleeping and working then and my body gave out a couple weeks earlier then when I was wanting to quit, but I’m proud to say I got through the most of it. Thanks to the money I earned from this job I was able to get my first car and pay for my next set of classes. On the 25th of August I started my third semester of college, this time with 4 classes. I’m currently working to get an Associates of Science degree at a community college before going on to a university to get a Bachelors in Botany (the study of plants). But I might have to put my goals on hold after this semester due to the crushing costs of the dental treatment I need. I honestly don’t know how I would be able to hold down on a job long when my body gave out after 2 and a half months, but I have to try. Whether that’s starting at part time job or not, it’s worth a shot. I could never go back to being bedridden and nothing but a financial burden on my mom again. So please, in whatever way you can, please help me.