Self-employed dental care (questions)

I am self-employed, and need dental work done. I don’t know how much, but I am starting to have some problems, and last year I had to get an emergency root canal and I would like to avoid that, which means I want to leverage insurance to make it easier to afford before it gets bad.

We had Guardian at my job, but the quote for our family is $256 a month, which seems kinda high to me. What do you think? Any self-employed folks out there dealing with this, or know more about this?

No more soda

Oh noes, so much change at once! I will be okay (probably).

Yesterday, when Emma and I went to visit Susan for lunch, we picked up some beverages. There was cranberry juice, coconut water and Coca-Cola. Emma immediately reached for the Coke. Even though it was a coincidence, it freaked the hell out of me. Turns out hell is the part of me that drinks soda.

I’ve known for a while that I would have to stop drinking soda eventually, and now we are at the point where Emma is starting to have opinions on food. Soda is out.

So, tea and water. Doesn’t sound bad; actually, that sounds really awesome! And the more hydrated I stay, the better I feel, so of course this is going to work out really well for me. ^_^

Sara Josephine Baker

Sara Josephine Baker is an amazing person. Emma is a happy and healthy human, in part because of the efforts Baker made towards children’s health.

Each generation has more and more knowledge to work with, and we are constantly making progress in health care of all sorts. One of the things that I had never pieced together was the administration of pain relievers during childbirth, and the stereotypical action of slapping a baby’s bottom to solicit a cry. It is because they were asleep! What a terrifying idea. Emma was crying immediately, despite having eir umbilical cord around eir neck, as well as eir arm (I suspect Emma was getting ready to give emself a high-five for being born).

We visited the hospital a couple of times when we were pregnant, due to illnesses and such. Susan had great care, and it was with a sense of wonder that I left there, thinking about how fortunate we are to live in this time, and this place.

In Baker’s time, there were as many as 1,500 babies dying, per week, in Hell’s Kitchen. And even those that survived had an unusually high chance of becoming blind due to malnutrition and other ailments. Baker’s famous saying was that a child born in America was more likely to die than a soldier serving in the Great War.

Extraordinary times create extraordinary people, and I feel blessed that Baker made the effort to enact changes in childcare. It makes my life so much easier and enjoyable!