Monday, March 23, 2015

Ouch

Got a text today from a family in Texas. Mark is the dentist who helped me out. So grateful. 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Gift

After having a panic attack in the dentist office in La Mirada, when the doctor named a price of $900 for one item, and a whole needed treatment plan of $5,400, I did not know what to do. I have just paid off my tuition for the current semester, the rent payment was coming up, and I just have no money for anything else, period. Even though the doctor was willing to work on one of my teeth for $200, he made it clear that he won't do all the work for that money. His treatment plan included a porcelain crown after he would fix the root canal, and that times three...

I was trying to brainstorm and come with options... I was almost ready to go in for $200 and get by with a temporary filling until I could afford the rest or find other dentist. I knew that in couple more days the pain would be unbearable. 

Later in the afternoon I got a comment on my FB post about my frustrations from a friend of mine who has been helpings out with a little bit of finances every month, Scott, saying it was too bad I was not in Texas - a friend of his could have helped me out for free. I did not take that comment too serious at first, but I ends up giving Scott a call, and in an hour he signed me up for an appointment at 10:30 in the morning the next day...in Dallas, TX. 

La Mirada, CA. Tuesday, 3pm. I looked up the tickets to Dallas. $490.20 round trip. 6:55pm flight from LAX. I only have $250 on my account... After addressing couple of people on this matter, I bought the ticket myself going into credit. About 10 minutes after I got a $100 donation. 
4pm. I am making phone calls to my friends in hopes of finding a ride to the airport in the next hour. All this time I was on school campus, so I rushed home to pack some things. 

6pm. Made it to LAX, got on the plane, landed in Dallas. Scott and Tammy picked me up and welcomede into their home. Wednesday morning I went to the dentist and the doctors fixed two of my teeth. 

I came in again today to get my 3rd tooth fixed. I had to skip some classes and couple work shifts to come here, and I will have to miss on a film production this weekend where I was supposed to be a 2nd Assistant Camera, but I have no more toothache. All free of charge. 

I praise The Lord today for a gift. A gift of people like this dentist to the world. He selflessly agreed to take me in without an insurance and perform thousands of dollars worth of work. I am beyond blessed today and I hope that one day I will be able to abundantly bless others. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What's next

Just came out of a dentist appointment. Did an X-ray and an oral evaluation. The verdict for my pain is a root canal infection, cavity affecting a nerve, and just a half broken tooth. Three root canals has to be taken care of and three crowns put over my teeth. Because I do not have a dental insurance, the prices are shocking. The doctor is willing to treat one of the canals for all I have to offer, which is $200, but I don't know where to go form there. Here is an estimate treatment plan, but I really hope to work something out, because this is just insane. 


Monday, March 16, 2015

Here comes the pain

One of the worst things ever - toothache. Whoever experienced it once won't ever wish to go through this again. Well, apparently I am one of those lucky kiddos who have to go through this hell more than once. I haven't been home since I came to college in August 2013, so obviously I haven't done any dentist check ups ever since. One of my teeth fell apart in January, and about couple weeks ago a tooth on the other side became very sensitive. And here I am now, being bothered by the toothache that seems to be growing. Unless I find a free dentist or someone will miraculously help me out, I think I would just die shrieking in pain. Not good. Can't afford a dentist :(

Friday, March 13, 2015

Greater than me

A lot of things in this world are beyond my understanding. Maybe because they originate outside of the universe. After my last night's post about my need I got it all covered and even more. God blessed me with some home made food, a little bit extra to my college account, and a nice day in general. I absorbed some very needed reminders at the closing session of the #GreaterMMXV conference, got to work for couple hours with my awesome team of guys from Event Services. Love that team to death. 

Here's a little before/after of what we do

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hands down

It is getting very frustrating every once in a while to not be able to work more than 20 hours/week. I am very blessed to have a job. But these restrictions still weight me down. Because of the freelance nature of my job, we do not work all the same amount of hours week to week. But we also don't get over the overall amount of hours we have in a semester. I do not get a chance to use all of my hours available in a semester because I can't catch up due to the 20 hrs restriction. I hope to be able to do something about it and try to reach the employment services or whoever is responsible for these regulations to get a permission to average my hours. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

No rest

Annual Missions Conference starts up at Biola tomorrow. School will be out for the rest of the week, but there will be no rest.  I come in for my shift at 6:30 am to help out with audio for one of the venues. Hopefully I won't be too tired and be able to enjoy the conference. 

The tuition payment day is coming up in Monday. Still lacking $700.