Thursday Things

1. Home stretch, kids. Work has finally begun to settle down, so I think (/hope/pray) that I’ll be able to settle into more of my usual blogging schedule in the next week or so. I’ve had a post I’ve been trying to pull together for awhile about CARA’s 8+2 program, but I’ve been lacking time to do all the research I want to do to put forth an intelligent post. Hope you’re SUPER STOKED for me shoving my opinion down your throats, complete with numbers πŸ˜›

2. Oh my goodness. I went to Starved Rock this past weekend and it was MINDBLOWING. I was going to ramble on and on about the weekend here, but it was getting overwhelming, so I think I’m going to save that for a post all to itself. More things to look forward to! Are you so excited?! Haha. But here’s a preview to tide you over in the mean time: starvedrock1Β 3. I need a dentist. I haven’t been to the dentist since July 2013 (oops), so I’m obviously way, way, waaaaay overdue for a cleaning. I sucked it up and got myself dental insurance earlier this year (which is a whole other story. I purchased my dental insurance from BCBS in mid-December for a January start date. BCBS cashed my check, personally called me to verify that the the check was for dental insurance…and then proceeded to not give me dental insurance. I had many choice words for a variety of customer service representatives over the phone back in January when I called [several times…] to figure out why they had taken my money and not given me dental insurance. I cried. I swore [a lot. Double oops.]. I told a customer service rep I plannedΒ to send my rotting teeth to BCBS so they could frame them as a constant reminder of the brokenness and ineffectiveness of their system [to be clear: my teeth are not actually rotting, though I do think I have a cavity. Also, I can be a really terrible, really sassy person when I’m upset.]. But after MUCH weeping and gnashing of teeth, BCBS finally got its act together and activated my dental insurance three. months. later. *explodes*), which means I can now afford to go to the dentist. Hooray! Except I don’t have a dentist. So. If you happen to have an out-of-this-world-awesome dentist in the city of Chicago that you OMGLOVE, I’m all ears. I’m particularly looking for someone who won’t pressure me to get my wisdom teeth out just because “that’s what you’re supposed to do.” My dentist back in Michigan never once suggested my wisdom teeth were a problem, and he seemed to have a pretty rational head on his shoulders, so I’d like someone in Chicago who isn’t into strong-arming you into lining your friendly local oral surgeons pockets. One of my dance friends recommended a dentist to me, but he doesn’t accept any insurance (of course), and good heavens, I did not make empty threats to Blue Cross Blue Shield regarding my dental health to start going to a dentist that’s out of network.

Dentist recommendations?
Favorite “natural beauty” place?Β I’ve been to a pretty decent number of National Parks, and I think Glacier is my favorite. Banff in Canada is also INSANE.

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22 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I am in the same dentist boat- recently moved AND got insurance so I am searching for a new guy.
    And my favorite natural beauty place in the world (thus far) is the Badlands in South Dakota. Such gorgeous place!

  2. Ugh I need a dentist too. Once my parents move i won’t be able to go home anymore to get my teeth cleaned. Being an adult is HARD. At least I’m still on my parent’s insurance so I don’t have to worryabout it, except finding a new place to go out of state is hard (and the deductible is insane). I could go on for hours about how hard it’s been to find ONE doctor, let alone all of the doctors I need down here. Yayyyy for work calming down soon πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha right?? If someone had warned me about this whole “growing up” thing ahead of time, I would’ve made a MUCH more concentrated effort to stay a kid for longer πŸ˜› I actually got kicked off my parents’s insurance after college (we were all on a plan through my dad, but as a retired public school teacher, he had state employee health insurance [or something like that], and the rules for that is that your child can only stay on your plan until Dec. 31 of the year they graduated college, even with Obamacare. idk. I don’t pretend to understand healthcare laws. All I know for sure is that I got a letter saying I was SOL after Dec. 31, 2012, Affordable Care Act be damned. Haha.) ANYWAY, it didn’t make that much of a difference, because my parents’ insurance covered straight up nothing in Illinois, so it was pretty much useless for me to have in Chicago. Then I got a fairly crummy plan through work, but last year I switched over to the Marketplace (because my work’s insurance was so terrible, it was cheaper for me to buy it through the Marketplace on my own than go through work), and when I did that, I was like, “I am ONLY getting insurance that covers…like everyone.” Haha. Healthcare is SO difficult!!

  3. I go to River North Dental and I really like them. I have my wisdom teeth and they have never suggested having them removed. They also provide me with an itemized receipt before they do any work in my mouth detailing what my insurance will pay and what I will be responsible for so there are no surprise bills, etc. Good luck!

  4. Wow, what an experience with BCBS. They’re usually pretty good but shitty what they did to you. I’ve had my dentist for about 15 years and love him but he is in Oak Lawn. I remember I found him through 1-800-DENTIST. Not sure if that service still exists.

  5. I LOVE Downtown Dental. Like, I actually enjoy going to the dentist now! Weird, right?! Definitely check them out, they even have great views from the chairs! Also, Starved Rock in the winter?! It looks beautiful but I would never have thought to go at this time of year – I look forward to reading a post about it!

  6. Please tell me that story about threatening to send your rotted teeth to BCBS is real! I have no suggestions for you, but what kind of dentist doesn’t take insurance?

    I just switched over from my work insurance to Matt’s insurance and I still haven’t found new doctors. Ugh.

    • Hahaha guilty as charged πŸ˜‰ I DEFINITELY lost my patience. The customer service rep also may or may not have chastised me for my language. I’M AWFUL. But man, I was just SO frustrated!! Not that that makes it okay, but at least I’m not usually like that in normal life πŸ˜›

  7. How amazing is Starved Rock?! My mom and I went there back in Nov. 2012 and it was absolutely stunning – the fall foliage, all the colors, and pure nature were phenomenal. I’ve been wanting to go back ever since!

    And don’t even talk to me about the dentist. I’m 75% sure I have a cavity in one of my molars but 1.) I reaallly dislike the dentist 2.) I don’t yet have a dentist here in NYC and 3.) am too lazy to find one I like. And so life goes…

    • Oh my gosh, I imagine Starved Rock must be CRAZY beautiful in the fall! New bucket list item for sure.

      I’ve never had a cavity before, but I’m so so so sure I have one right now, and man, I’m just terrified of all that will come along with that. Cleanings are usually traumatizing enough.

  8. I’ve had the same dentist in the suburbs since I was 8 and I lovvvvve him. Helpfuly for you, I know! lol sorry. But seriously if you ever trek out to Vernon Hills let me know cuz Dr. Brenner is the jam.

    I read a book about Starved Rock when I was little and it terrified me! But my brother is an Eagle Scout and always talks about how cool that place is so I think I’ll have to make the trip one of these days.

    Also, Insurance is the worst. It’s the best but it’s the worst. it’s always such a headache!! I’ve been having my own issues lately trying to find a therapist in the city and you’d think I was trying to obtain Oprah’s social security number. Ridiculous.

    • Woof, yeah, Vernon Hills is a bit of a trek for a carless lady like me, but if something insane happens and I defect to the ‘burbs, I’ll certainly keep him in mind!

      For what it’s worth, I found Starved Rock to be distinctly not scary, so I highly recommend it! If nothing else, it’s a very nice escape from the city.

      Based on your struggles, I’m guessing you probably don’t have Blue Cross Blue Shield, BUT on the off chance you have a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, I’d be more than happy to send you my therapist’s name. Unfortunately that’s all she accepts, but I think she’s just wonderful!

  9. I just had to switch dentists because my previous dentist (25 East Dental) stopped taking my insurance. They were really nice, though, so I’d recommend them to anyone who doesn’t have Principal dental insurance.

    As for Starved Rock, I haven’t been in YEARS. And if you thought it was beautiful there, then maybe we’ll take a long weekend trip this summer or fall to Turkey Run in Indiana which is also gorgeous πŸ™‚

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