Wisdom teeth, that is.... I was referred to the only oral surgeon in my town recently to get a wisdom tooth removed. Routine procedure, right?
The surgeon was concerned about the radiation treatments I received on my jaw and neck as a cancer patient 29 years ago. The 5700 rad dose of radiation, he felt, would have caused "radio-osteonecrosis" of my jaw bone and severe damage to the capillaries and nerves. This could lead to a dangerous, uncontrolled bone infection if the wisdom tooth removal didn't go well.
He is recommending that I go to the nearest major Canadian city such as Calgary or Vancouver and to receive six weeks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (one hour per day, five days per week) and also have the oral surgery done there. WTF!!! I've never heard of such a thing. I don't have the time or the money for this!
I'd assumed that HBO was all quackery or the latest fad, reserved for the likes of Michael Jackson and Tim Tebow (shirtless pic). But apparently, it is a reputable medical treatment for bone infection. Who knew?
I am going out of town to get a second opinion from another oral surgeon and will be asking my family doctor about it tomorrow. There's no need to rush into anything.
If I do go, I need six weeks accommodation in an expensive city which I cannot afford. Hmmm..... I wonder if there is an older, experienced gay sugar daddy in one of those cities who can help me out. Free room and board in exchange for six weeks of sexual favours? I'll even do all the cooking, nekkid. I'm in!