ExtractionPosted: April 1, 2008
Happy Toothday. Ha ha. Get it? Toothday? Tuesday?
I know – lame. It’s the Tylenol with codeine talking. I had a wisdom tooth extracted yesterday.
The dentist was excellent. At first he scared me, because he said my roots were growing in divergent directions from each other, and he predicted it would be a difficult extraction. He recommended I get put to sleep. But getting put to sleep costs a lot of money, and I’m a tough New Yorker, so I said “Bring on the local anesthetic!”
As it turns out, it wasn’t horrible. The tooth did break off from the root, as he had feared, and he did have to use the drill, but it only took a few minutes and it was done. Quick and painless and not as bad as I had feared.
And not a moment too soon. Yesterday was the last day of my insurance coverage.
You see, I have lost my medical insurance. I didn’t misplace it somewhere. I know exactly where it is – back at the job I was just laid off from.
As many people do, I’ve been working two jobs. While Rick and I build up our company, I have also been working at another job that provided us with health insurance and other benefits. With the day to day security that job provided, we were able to take some risks and build our own company in a much less secure industry. Sometimes it felt that I myself had been going in two divergent directions – one toward creativity and autonomy and one toward security and benefits. But ultimately the security gave us the freedom.
But – budget cut-backs, economic slow-down, the dreaded “R” word – whatever the reason, I was laid off. Extracted from the job.
Everyone tells me it’s a Blessing in Disguise, and now I can pursue my Dream Job. Great! I wasn’t aware that sitting home in my pajamas and reading entertainment gossip all day came with full medical benefits and a 401(k), but sign me up.
Dream job. I don’t even know what that is anymore. Time to find out again, I guess.
I just hope this time it’s quick and painless and not as bad as I had feared. And I hope those two divergent roots don’t give me any problems.