Here I am at CIY trying to recruit kids to come to Bible college and all of the sudden my tooth starts to hurt. Then it starts to hurt some more. Then it starts to hurt so bad I can't eat very well. Finally, during extended recreation time I make some calls to find a local dentist.
Now, I know that dentists have a crappy job, looking at people's sugar-rotten teeth and all, but do they have to make it harder than it already is? In a recent article from the Washington Post, I read about a little boy who died because of an abscessed tooth (bacteria underneath his tooth at the nerve). An $ 80 tooth extraction would have saved his life. His hospital visit after his death totaled between $ 200,000 and 250,000. This is a problem.
After about fifteen phone calls to various impossible-to-get-a-hold-of dentists in Carbondale, IL. I finally found a dentist that would see me. Eighty-six dollars later I had a prescription for an anti-biotic (which cost 189.99 $ to fill) and the knowledge that I will need at least one root canal. My very friendly Carbondale dentist told me that a root canal will cost me roughly 700 dollars! I have been taking the anti-biotic, but I'm still in pain and in need of 700 dollars. I don't have medical insurance let alone dental. What am I going to do?
Well for some reason God has given me parents who love me very much, and who think it is important for me to continue to live. They also have the means and have promised to help me and Margo pay for this outrageously priced procedure. What about the people who don't have parents like mine? What about all the kids, students and adults who can't afford any kind of health care, let alone dental care? I feel like I'm in a sorry state, but the truth is people are hurting all over this country and the world. Who will help them? I'm frustrated with a few calls, but many don't even have anyone to call.