Dental Donations

by Venomous Kate

In the 2 1/2 years that I’ve been blogging, I can think of three, maybe four times that I’ve actually found myself struggling to write an entry the way I’ve struggled to write this one. It’s easy to spout off an opinion over news articles or to tell you about funny (and sometimes not-so-funny) things that happen in my life.

All of that is part of an unspoken pact between bloggers and blog readers. We write, you read, and hopefully sometimes you giggle. No admission required.

So, when Randy and Velociman suggested that I hold a fund-raiser to help pay for the dental work I need after Monday night’s accident, I balked at the thought of pan-handling, at the notion of asking virtual strangers for their help.

It’s not easy to hit you up for donations, but it’s also not easy to think of going indefinitely without front teeth. And the truth of the matter is that, absent a miracle, coming up with the money to replace the teeth I’ve lost is beyond our means.

With the Venomous Hubby working the phones, we’ve been able to reduce the overall cost of the dental work. Our dentist has waived a number of fees related to the installation of the new crowns and bridges but, since he’s not the clinic owner, there are only so many fees he can waive. Bless his heart, he did talk to the clinic owners and they’ve agreed that I can go ahead with getting new “flippers” even though I can’t pay for them just yet. I’ll be getting them next Friday (and also getting another one of the cracked teeth extracted), so at least I won’t be house-bound and freakish looking. Getting bridges so I can eat something besides oatmeal and broth still has to wait until I raise the funds.

Altogether, my dental bill has been reduced from $9848 to $8274, which is a big savings but still a huge chunk of change. Unfortunately, it’s a chunk that I need to raise quickly. Not only do I need to pay for the “flippers” I’ll be getting next Friday before I can proceed with getting new permanent bridges, but, according to my dentist, the longer I go without permanent bridges in there the more likely it is that my remaining teeth are going to shift and possibly even come loose. Lovely.

But, needless to say, that didn’t stop me from throwing a Pity Party for One yesterday. Maybe it was justified, and maybe I needed it. I don’t know. At least it was a short one — thanks to my internet friends.

Thank you Kelley and Jeff for your well-wishes. Thank you, Brenda, for the PayPal donation this morning — you started my day off with a (gummy) smile. And a huge “Thank You” to my friend Doc for both the well-wishes and the donation.

Finally, thank you to you for being supportive with your kind wishes and prayers, and if you feel like donating toward my dental bill, please know that I am awed by and grateful for your generosity.

UPDATE: For some reason the PayPal button that was here wasn’t working. The button in the left sidebar is, however.

73 Responses to “Dental Donations”

  1. Since this has now turned into more than just a cosmetic issue (you need teeth to chew food to survive kinda issue) Won’t the insurance company pick up more of the cost?

    Hope you feel better, and the fund raiser goes well.

  2. The problem with the insurance company is that I’d already reached my annual maximum benefit due to various visits with the ortho- and periodontists earlier this year when I’d been preparing to get braces.

  3. I’ve asked my modest readership to come over here and make donations and will do so myself presently.
    In the meantime, enjoy your pain meds.

  4. Oh, yeah. Forgot the URL link to my site…

  5. Kate, I am so so *so* sorry about this. Just hit the tipjar–best o’ luck.

  6. Here’s a line of thinking from a latecomer to this story. I work in employee benefits. Usually (not ALWAYS) your medical/health insurance will pay for dental surgery and/or prosthetics required after an injury sustained from an accident. Medical will not pay for dental injuries due to disease. For instance (at least here in Western PA) the local Blues will pay for your dental surgery/crowns/etc for injuries sustained in a car accident, after your car insurance first party benefits have maxed out. Subject to any deductibles, coinsurance, copays, etc. of course.

    Its worth a call to your health insurance provider to find out.

    Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

  7. Okay – wouldn’t you know – paypal is being difficult just now!!! OMG – it’s a conspiracy.

    I meant to blog about this yesterday, but got caught in house selling stuff – I’m going to put up a post as soon as I get done here though.

  8. My God that’s a lot of dental work, my heart goes out to you. I just hit the tip jar for you, not much but $25 is all I can afford right now. But I have an idea, have you thought of auctioning off the rights to have people “sponsor” parts of your work? You know, maybe someone like Instapundit makes a $500 donation and the right bi-cuspid get’s named the “Glenn Reynolds Memmorial Chomper”, or something like that? Just a thought.

  9. Hi, Kate,

    Your dental paypal link is not working, but the one on your sidebar works just fine. I see that Instapundit linked to you, so hopefully you will get a lot of help for your poor teeth.

  10. I’m terribly sorry about the accident. I did the same thing when I was nine, ramming my bike into the back of a parked postal van and losing four teeth and cracking my upper jaw.. I then spent most of the next twelve years enjoying root canals, crowns and various operations.

    So, here’s the unsolicited and probably unwanted advice. In my early twenties, I finally got fed up with the constant pain and trips to the dentist and decided to just have everythinng pulled and got dentures. Best decision ever. Perfect teeth, no more pain and my wife didn’t even know I had them until I told her after we’d dated for more than a year.

    Anyway, I hope that you’re feeling better. I can, quite literally, feel your pain.

  11. Sounds like you’ve had an awful week – I just donated $25, and hopefully if enough folks get on board, you can get the work done that you need.

  12. I’m sending my readers over here, too. Best of luck, and keep us informed on your progress!

  13. Sorry this had to happen. Hope my modest donation helps.

  14. Good luck, Kate. I like the idea of the Instapundit Chomper above! Your regular paypal works fine – dental is still down.

  15. I am sending ALL FOUR of my regular readers over here and have emailed you about another idea. I also have an art blog I will be posting this too but waiting on your thoughts from that email.

  16. Just hit the tip jar. Instapundit mentioned you.

  17. Kate, I’ll gladly make a donation if you would take this opportunity to give us your thoughts on the current state of dental insurance (or health insurance in general) and what types of reform you think might make things better. My view is that over-insurance in this area in general is driving up the cost of such services. People (not you in this case) are more likely to take care of their teeth and comparison shop if the regular checkups, cleaning, and xrays have to come out of their own pocket. My two cents. Hope you start feeling better soon.

  18. kate, couldn’t bear the thought of that lovely
    face with no teeth in it. hope my modest donation
    helps out. good luck.

  19. About to post and tip, but as Steelheader said, you should ask your Health and even your Homeowner’s insurance providers if they’ll cover anything (if you haven’t already). You never know…

  20. I came here from Laurence Simon’s site. I’m sorry to hear about your accident and subsequent dental bills, and I hope you’ll soon have all the help and treatment you need.

  21. A friend of the Cpt’s is a friend of mine. I also hit the tip jar and want to tell you: No worries about the request. At the heart of the conservative ethic is that we, as individuals, have the responsibility to take care of one another. Can’t do this unless we know.

  22. Ouch,

    I hit the paypal button. I wish I had more in my account to pass on to you. However, I am trying to drive traffic to this site to let people know that you need our help.

  23. Saw this at Wizbang and Instapundit. I donated today and we’ll be linking to this at MoltenThought and ask the MoltenThinkers to pop on over and donate.

    Get well soon, and take pride in being the mother of DentiBlogging.

  24. I’m sending over what I can Kate…good luck.

    Teeth Are Expensive
    And replacing lost teeth is even more expensive, as Venomous Kate has found out…

  25. Ouch! Tell ya what, if the donations go over the top, set mine aside for a set of training wheels!

    Get better, or at least get some good drugs outta the deal! Big hug.

  26. Sorry the donation couldn’t be more, I’m sort of between paying jobs at the moment. I’ve notified my readers, all three of them. :) Best of luck to you, and God bless.

  27. Kate,
    As a Marine, my family has TRICARE. I understand that your hubby is in the service, Army, right? Reservist or Active? Does the Army use TRICARE as well? If not, then what agency/company do they use? Sorry for all the questions, it’s just that I am having a very difficult time understanding how your health care through the Military won’t help cover this. One of your previous commenters stated exactly what I was thinking: if this was due to an accident and is not cosmetic in nature, not to mention you are going to be living on liquids and mush for a considerable period of time, how can they not cover this? It’s appalling. I’m the son of a man who did two tours in Vietnam as a Marine and spent 30+ years in the Navy as a Seabee (CAN DO!), and as a kid, all we had to do was walk into Keesler with our ID cards and get seen almost immediately, then walk out. Damn, how much has that changed in 30 years!? Sorry,..rambling. Anyway, if your hubby is still part of the Great Big Green Gun Club, work the hell out of that angle. Hitting the Paypal button….


  28. Surf, the insurance coverage for Active Duty and Retirees is different. We’re the latter. Hubby talked to the health insurance company, and they don’t cover anything connected to a dental injury beyond immediate ER care and pain management.

    So he called the dental insurer and they say that regardless of accident or anything else, an annual maximum benefit is an annual maximum benefit.

    Since we’d hit ours already with the earlier ortho- and periodonatal work, there are no more insurance benefits available until the next year’s coverage kicks in. That doesn’t happen until May 1.

  29. Dental woes are one of my fields of expertise – unfortunately. Good luck and best wishes in addition to a small contribution from a fellow sufferer.

  30. We also are retirees, and in the case of my daughter, her dental bills due to a bicycle accident WERE covered. That was 10 years ago, but I just read the online tricare manual and a combination of the dental component and plastic surgery component of Tricare Standard should cover this situation.

    Appeal!! Their first instinct is to always deny.

  31. I hadn’t thought about the plastic surgery route! I’ll definitely look into that right away. In the meantime, we’ve requested a pre-determination from the dental company to give us a launch-pad from which to file an appeal.

  32. I’m dealing with Tricare denying my freakin’ ultrasounds myself. Of course, when I mentioned my “advanced maternal age,” I was told I need to get a note from the doc. *sigh*

    And as someone with NO dental insurance and teeth randomly falling out of my head, I can feel your pain.

    Believe me, folks — Tricare is great insurance (better than nothing, obviously) but it doesn’t cover everything. Trust me.

    Kate, I hit the jar for as much as I can afford right now and I hope you get right as rain really soon!

    Hugs and love,

  33. OK, finally got our post up at MoltenThought for you. Since I’m allergic to trackbacks, here’s the money quote:

    “Old school blogger Venomous Kate of Electric Venom was defanged in a vicious sneak attack perpetrated by a set of bicycle handlebars (see, WordGirl, I told you biking was bad for you). Modern dentistry being what it is (a cash cow for people too scrupulous to become trial lawyers), repairing the damage will be quite expensive.

    Please pop over to Electric Venom and hit her donation button. In addition to supporting a great cause, you’ll also be able to say you were there when DentiBlogging was born.”

    The good thing about kickin’ blog old school is the mad props you get from the up-and-comers. For the duration of the drive, whenever I sit down to post, I will begin by saying “This post is for me, and this one’s for my homey Venomous K.”

  34. Darn, Kate – I linked to this too, but for some reason – no trackback. I can never figure that stuff out.
    Anyway, Tricare can be difficult at times – I can attest to that. Even though I had a referral via Tricare for an MRI last fall, they tried to deny it – argghhh!!! I brought the referral (which Tricare had mailed me!) to them and they said, oh.

    But it was a pain – but not as much pain as you must have now, sweetie!

  35. This is my very first visit to your blog via IMAO. I felt compelled to come here and tell you how sorry I am about your accident and loss of teeth. I know that asking for money is a hard thing to chew..I mean, do…LOL and I wish you all the luck in the world to raise the money that you need. I would like to drop a few coins into the ‘ol Paypal account and I’m sure that some of my very sweet readers would like to help, too. I look forward to coming back to visit your blog. Take care and enjoy the pain meds! :o)

  36. Donated what I could. Went through a somewhat similar situation with a cracked molar two years ago. Hope things work out!

  37. Being a good conservative and all, it seemed like the best way to support you in this might be to buy a product you sell, like a Blogad. So, I placed our ad tonight for the M.A.W.B. Squad Can we get more bloggers willing to put your money where Kate’s mouth is? :)

  38. Reuben you are peter puffer first class. Congratulations Twirp.

  39. Just hit the jar, Kate. May it be full real soon!
    Good luck!

  40. Just hit the tipjar thanks to a reminder from Spacemonkey. I read earlier about your kinetic extraction but was at work. May you be whistling (Whisstling?) again sssoon.

  41. i have five dental implants that cost me $7,500 but I can’t afford to finish the installation of the teeth, another $6,000.

    Should I start a blog and beg for donations so I can get my dental work done?

    How pathetic.

    Have you not ever heard of taking a loan and paying it off yourself, if you are so desparate to get the work done?

    You can afford a computer and an internet connection, why can’t you figure out how to pay for your own teeth?

  42. Wow, someone woke up with colon vision this morning.

  43. Mech, only two kinds of people whistle…nah, you’ve probably heard that one before…seriously Kate, I got a few extra sheckles this month, but I’m allergic to PayPal, so how about a PO Box addy to which I can mail a check?

  44. Rivrdog, I had no idea how many people are allergic to PayPal until this. But whether it’s PayPal or e-check or snail mail, I’m grateful for the help! After all those instances of mail theft I’d written about earlier, we’ve started having our mail delivered to a PO Box. Here’s the addy:

    Venomous Kate
    P.O. Box 544
    Leavenworth, KS 66048

    And thank you!

  45. I sent a little check today :) Hope it helps and good luck

  46. Oh well, no money for beer this weekend. It’s back to used antifreeze for me. But it’s for a good cause.

  47. Hope my small contribution puts you over the top. I’ve got a sympathy toothache.

  48. As a boy…and I think all young boys have done this…I depressed the wrong brake handle and found myself flung over the front handle bars (but not before the gooseneck catches the jewels in a death punch) and then to be run over by your own bike. Yes…several times. Never lost a tooth…never a scratch. Never wore a helmet for that matter. I can fully picture the crash and all the owies it can cause me as an adult, though. Hope all goes well…

  49. Charity is a blessing, both to the giver and the recipient… so thanks for the opportunity to help! Sorry it’s so little but I’m jobless right now.

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