Dentists and Passports

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I went to the dentist today to try to get my dental screening signed off for our PCS. Oh the dreaded scary place! My friend sweetly took me since I no longer have access to the car with Jason working back in defense again now that TBS is done.

The verdict wasn't as bad as I thought it might be, but still not great....

Turns out I have "gingivitis". 

It's not as bad as periodontal disease, but if I didn't go now I was headed that way. Ew!

They had to put a numbing gel on my gums while they did a deep cleaning because they were that sensitive and I probably would have screamed. The parts that weren't as numb hurt like something I will not say because of my morals. :D I pretty much put myself through torture this morning as they poked and prodded my gum line with vibrating sharp tools and that pick thing that they use to scrape off plaque. My gums oozed red and grew inflamed with puffiness. BLAH. I still could feel some of that pain even through the anesthetic. 
AM I RIGHT??

That was the hygienist. The actual dentist didn't help much either.
All trolling aside, the whole experience wasn't that bad. My hygienist was actually a believer and so we had a good time talking about faith, church, and doctrine when she wasn't asking me questions with my mouth wide open. :P 
She also was interested in learning more about financial management and so I made another connection of someone interested in my current fascination with finances as well as gave her some tips to salivate over in the meantime. 

Woohoo! "Word of mouth is powerful! Bahahaha cracking myself up lololol.

When my mouth was done being tortured and after some exams, the dentist checked my teeth for cavities. Turns out I do have two little ones...
They are in my molars. I also have to get a sealant done for some deep grooves in those teeth to prevent further cavities. On the bright side he was amazed how old I am and that these were my first. Thank you body for not eating sweets and brushing teeth twice a day! ^_^

He said I have great teeth overall. Sooo to heal my poor gums I have to do salt water solutions daily, take ibuprofen for swelling and inflammation, and endure painful deep flossing daily for the next two weeks. They said all this should clear up by then and they can do a second cleaning as well as fill those cavities. Apparently I wasn't flossing properly which would explain why I've always struggled with this gum problem off and on in my life. Thankfully it's irreversible and can be healed quickly. 

Well! That was adventure #2 this week! (Yes, I'm working backwards here...)

Yesterday Jason took off work in the morning to go with me early to the post office and get our passport business taken care of. Oh my word. We drove about 40 minutes and passed the post office the first time, made a u turn and almost passed it a second time. I cracked up when I saw it.  
The tiniest, shadiest looking post office you ever did see with a different address on it than what shows on a map. *shakes head* I had to take a picture!

 Need I say more?

I half expected some menacing crazy person to come running out of it yelling unintelligibly with a gun held to the clerk. We're talking in the middle of nowhere and maybe the lobby space inside, the size of a large walk in closet. 

It wasn't like that though. Durn. I was ready for some action!

The lady inside had been working there for so many years and knew passports backwards and forwards. Apparently what we were told by the Department of State was wrong from the beginning and Jason had to reapply cause his was too old. We ended up having to refill out forms anyway and handing over more checks than originally planned. Oh well! That's just how it goes sometimes. Our passports are now en route and should arrive within 5 weeks or so. :) 

Lessons learned today in applying for a passport:

❒ Go to a post office with a passport agent and have them help you with the correct forms. It's just too ridiculous how many there are and chances are you will waste time and printer ink on forms you can't use.

❒ Bring all your previous passports/passport cards with you. If your passport is 10-15 yrs old you cannot renew it. You'll have to reapply. But check this one! Rules change all the time!

❒ Only write in black ink on those forms or you will have to do it all over again. >_<

❒ Know the information needing to be written on the form ahead of time. You can go through the form online and make a practice one so you at least are familiar with the info you will be writing. 

❒ Don't forget your passport photos. You will be charged more than average to get it taken. (Hubby learned this one.) ^_^

❒ Don't cut your own photo because they have a photo cutter thingy that gives the exact size you need. Just leave it to the professionals. ;)

❒ Bring your personal documents to copy but don't copy them because you'll do it wrong and they will just want to do it over again. (This could vary with clerks though so call ahead!)

❒ Write your name and birthdate in the memo of your check. Didn't know this one before!

❒ Probably by the time this makes it around in a few years, they will change all of this and this list will be useless. But happy passporting anyway! 

Well that was adventure #1! Thanks for reading and I would love to hear about your own adventures this week in the comments below. :)

Stay tuned for our "Tour of the White House". :)



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  1. Since you left a comment on my blog I figured I would have something to say about this one. It's nice to find a blog out there that teaches "adulting" in the real world! I can't not know how to do a passport on my own before I'm twenty-five!

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    1. Hi Katie! Thank you for reading. :) I'm glad this post gave you some helpful information! We learn alot about adulting through trial and error and if you ever have questions about odd things like this, please do contact me. I may have been there already. :)

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