I ended up having to cancel my Wednesday root canal appointment.
Even though I was able to get in on Tuesday for a blood test, the results wouldn’t have been available until Wednesday morning — at which point the root canal should already have begun.
On Wednesday, the doctor’s office called and confirmed the health concerns are present. Then I still had to ask them to ask my doctor to sign off on the root canal anyway.
I would try to tough it out, but there’s already an infection present. At this point, I’m pretty sure the benefits of the root canal outweigh the risks.
And then the doctor’s office didn’t call me back at all yesterday.
By this morning, I was getting antsy — I had rescheduled for Friday at 8:30 a.m. — so I called the specialist’s office to see if THEY could sign off on it. They called back and said it was fine. Then, about five minutes later, they called again and said that, since the blood tests had been done through my PCP, they couldn’t sign off. My PCP would have to.
At which point my PCP’s office finally called back and said that I’d need to get the specialist to okay the procedure.
And then my head exploded. Okay, not really. But I thought it would for a moment.
In the end, I worked it out so that my PCP faxed the test results over to the specialist’s office. The specialist’s office will then fax over a consent form to the endodontist so that I can actually use the right side of my mouth again.
While I’m not looking forward to the actual procedure, I am at least looking forward to having it all over with.