I just wanted to let y'all know I'm not quite dead yet, and I actually feel a bit better already.
Mind you, I still feel pretty gnarly; I had to take first Big Child and then Hotter to the dentist today (at two separate times), and had to nap in between to be able to make it to the second appointment...it's like I'm feeble but okay for an hour or two and then start getting that drifting, echo-y, "you are going to hit the dirt" feeling back again. I'm guessing that the stress and grueling hours finally caught up to me and my body is just kind of done at the moment. I'm definitely better today than yesterday though, and no longer appear to be losing much blood, so there's that.
I still almost fainted when they told me how much dental work Hotter needs ($625 worth urgently, for the curious, and another $4,000 or so "pretty soon" but not in a manner likely to cause infection, so that will have to wait until I get on Eclecstasy's insurance in about eight more months). For those of you new to the saga or who may have forgotten, it's not his fault or anything, he just threw up so much due to gastroparesis before his transplants that his teeth are a hot mess. And we can't ignore them, because a dental infection in him could get ugly fast with the transplant-related immune suppression. So I asked them to pick the MOST urgent thing and they said it's two of the fillings, which will be $350, and I scheduled an appointment for him to get those done late next week although I have no freaking clue how I'll make it happen. I have to, so I'll figure something out.
As for Big Child, one of the double-decker canines fell out on its own a couple of days ago, and the other was so loose today that MFA Dentist said he could probably nip it out without even using any anesthetic and it wouldn't really hurt. Big Child freaked out though, and MFA Dentist said it wasn't worth a "procedure" so he's giving the kid three weeks to wiggle it loose (at the end of which, if it is still hanging on, we'll have to talk sedation options since Big Child is scared silly and way too big for the bear-hugger). Other than that, Big Child's adult molars have the enamel issue most people with our connective tissue disease suffer from and will need to be sealed at the next appointment. Big Child claimed to feel "really out of it from the drugs" after his appointment, but the strongest thing they used today was a flouride treatment so...yeah. Back to school he went!
Now if you'll excuse me, the cat needs my help getting comfy for a nap.