Few weeks ago I’ve mentioned that I was scheduled to have a root canal. Honestly, I was mostly bummed about the money part, considering the fact that we don’t have a dental insurance. Just to give you an idea on how thrifty my mom is: when she found out about the $1,800 cost, she told me I should just wait and do a root canal during my visit to Belarus in May.
Apparently, she knows a gal who can do it for few hundred dollars all-in. You know what the crazy part is? For a minute I was actually considering doing it. Ha! But then I came to my senses and realized that no, I don’t want to attempt a root canal procedure during my trip to Europe. Not even if it means saving $1,600.
And it’s a good thing, too. I ended up developing a major infection and seriously thought I was going to die. Keep in mind, I’m a bit of a drama queen, so take the previous statement with a grain of salt. But the fact is, my face starting swelling on one side, like it was trying to clone itself.
My husband took a picture of me just so we would have a record, but I’m not going to show it here. If you need to give your kids a good scare, reach out, and I’ll email it to you. If my reader Ramsey saw it, he would not be comparing me to Kristen Stewart, that’s for sure. Well, unless Kristen Stewart was beaten up and left for dead on the side of the road.
Antibiotics were not working. It got so bad, I had to have an emergency surgery inside of my mouth to help get rid of the infection (another bill). Oh my! I have been in a haze ever since, filled with Vicodin and other meds. Hopefully, last week’s posts were not too crazy. Shout out to Nancy who has been an enormous help, as always! As Murphy’s law would have it, my son got a stomach bug and was throwing up for few days. So, even though I was in excruciating pain, I had to clean up vomit few times in the middle of the night.
I am getting better (some pain and numbness, but nothing horrible), but still debating on whether we should go to Jamaica next week. Right now, I can cancel everything without penalty and just stay in Florida. But how can I do this to my kids who are eagerly anticipating the trip? At the moment, it’s mostly a healing process, but I would hate to be stuck in a country with poor medical care in case things go south. Just my luck, y’all.
Naively, I thought I would be all better just few days after the surgery. So, I’ve mentioned to the doctor that I was concerned about swelling and pain. His response: “Well, we made a cut inside of your mouth and then stitched it back up. It would be miraculous if you felt back to normal in just TWO days.” Fair enough.
Even pain can’t keep me away from 40,000 points
Ironically, the fact that I was in this situation, helped me apply for Wells Fargo Propel World. I’ve mentioned this card in my round-up and said that it won’t be available much longer. It looks like the link for Merrill+ Visa Signature finally died, so I would focus on Propel offer if you are over 5/24. You may want to read post The quirks of redeeming my bonus from Wells Fargo Propel , though it is few years old at this point. The offer does not pay us commission.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points with $3,000 in net purchases in the first 3 months.
- Earn 3X points on Airlines, 2X on Hotels, and 1X on other net purchases.
- Get up to $100 in reimbursements each year for qualifying incidental airline charges like airline lounges, baggage fees, and more.
- Get complimentary room upgrades and more through the Luxury Hotel Program.
- First annual fee is waived.
From terms: “If you have opened a Wells Fargo credit card account within 16 months of this application you will not be eligible for the above introductory APR(s) and fees or any bonus rewards offers described below even if that account has been closed and has a zero balance.” I’m not certain if they mean just this specific product or any Wells Fargo card, so that’s something else to consider.
So, if you currently have a WF account, you can just call 1-800-932-6736 and apply over the phone. Otherwise, you’ll have to go to local branch. You can try applying for current offer on Wells Fargo checking account that comes with $250 bonus, but keep in mind, the language does indicate that you need to be targeted. YMMV
We don’t have a Wells Fargo branch in our town, but there is one where I had to have my surgery. Bingo! So, I figured why not kill two birds with one stone. And I can surely use the $400 cash bonus for the upcoming avalanche of medical bills from this whole tooth fiasco. I called Wells Fargo branch first to make sure I can even apply for this card, and here is my conversation with the banker:
Me: I was wondering if I can apply for Wews Fago Popel Wowd ( I could barely talk)
Banker: Wells Fargo Propel World?
Me: That’s the one I want (badly).
Banker: Yes, I see it right here.
I made an appointment 45 minutes before I was scheduled to see the doctor. My father-in-law drove me there and we had to take my 6-year-old son as well. So, we pull into the parking lot, and my kid starts saying that he has to poop. Right now. It will have to be done inside Wells Fargo bank, my friend. I felt kind of bad. Here I was, going to get my sign-up bonus with no plans to renew the card. And on top of it, my son will be leaving a “deposit” of a different kind. The height of obnoxiousness!
We asked where the bathroom was and the receptionist said that another lady has the key and that she should be back any minute. OK, I go to the cubicle to apply for the card. The banker asks me standard questions on income etc. She says that most of the information is already in the system because I had Wells Fargo credit card in the past. I nod and think to myself: “Yup, indeed, it was Wells Fargo Propel World.” In the meantime, I keep looking back to make sure that my son gets to go to the bathroom. Nope!
Five minutes later, they are still standing in the lobby. What the what? Suddenly, my son starts heading for the door. I know exactly what he is thinking. He wants to find a place outside where he can poop. My FIL gets ahold of him before it’s too late, and my application is finished in the meantime. The banker tells me that it will take a few days to get a response. I thank her and get the heck out of there so we can find an unlocked bathroom.
Unfortunately, there is nothing nearby. The doctor’s office is only five minutes away, so I told my son to just hold it a little longer. We pull in and he runs inside and asks the receptionist for the bathroom. Success!
A reminder of what really matters
This whole thing has been such an ordeal, but it made me realize a few things. Good health is not to be taken for granted, period. I knew it before, of course. But being in horrible pain for days, with no end in sight, really stinks. I couldn’t enjoy anything: food, movies or my family. This is what it’s like to live with chronic illness, and if that describes any of my readers, my heart goes out to you.
I most certainly wouldn’t enjoy travel in that kind of a physical state. That’s why I don’t believe in putting off trips till things are just right. First of all, they never will be. Second, we don’t know what the future holds. Our life can change in an instant, in a blink of an eye. Obviously, I’m not saying you should go into debt in order to travel. But I want to encourage you to make saving for trips a fixed part of your yearly budget.
I also thought about my family and my two young kids. When your face is swollen up and the infection inches closer and closer to your brain, well, you start thinking dark thoughts. I know I did.
Enjoying a ride to Hyatt in daddy’s brand new Ford Mustang
I have to say, my husband has been amazing throughout this whole thing. He took time off work so he could help out and treated me like a princess.
I know I take him for granted sometimes, but he really is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Ironically, he feels like I settled for him. Right. Might have something to do with the fact that in early years of our marriage I would joke that I’m just here for the Green Card.
I told my husband that this new song from Coldplay reminds me of him:
“I’m not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts,
Some superhero, some fairly tale bliss,
Just something I can turn to, somebody I can kiss
I want something just like this…”
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.