My tooth gets looked at on Tuesday too. I either need a root canal or it is broken and has to come out. In either case it is unusually problematic because it is one of the supports for my one tooth bridge. If it has to come out I will get an implant to replace it. I'll also get another implant to replace the bridge. This actually sounds good. Does any of this have anything to do with asthma - probably not but maybe my bones and teeth were weakened by prednisone. I will know that better after my bone density test.
On a slightly cheerier note - I have joined the new ACMA Advocacy Committee and am going to Ottawa in May for "Hill Day." Mike is invited too- to share the caregiver perspective. Our committee will go to Parliament Hill to advocate on behalf of the Asthma Society re. comprehensive access to pharmaceuticals and clean air and clean energy. These are both important causes for everyone - including me.
Right now my very expensive medications are covered by Blue Cross - but I have a lifetime limit of $150,000. My Xolair alone costs over $9000 per year, Symbicort is $100 per puffer. Sporanox is also several thousand dollars per year. I think the total is around $12000 to $15000 depending on dosage. On top of that there are dental costs - which could be quite high if I have to get implants. I think all this could be classified as "catastrophic costs." My income is pretty good - so when Blue Cross runs out I won't be eligible for provincial coverage. It's not really catastrophic for me but it's kind of annoying to think that when I am properly cured of asthma and sinus issues and can go on a trips again, I may have to spend my trip money on medications and teeth.