Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dental appointments - 2 down and 1 to go - TOMORROW!

Well, the second appointment is done and all is well.  I woke up early to my phone alarm after a restless night's sleep and saw a beautiful sunrise just starting.

 You can see all the motorhomes parked in the Quechan Casino RV Parking Lot:

 Here's another view of the parking lot with Dale's rig at the far right front and The Palms to the left in the photo:

Neither of us has a car (Dale has a motorcycle, but ... ) so I drove The Palms to the parking lot next to the border crossing.  We were there early and it was almost empty.  We crossed the border and walked to Rubio Dental Group and I checked in.  That's Dale standing there looking like he's invisible, LOL. :)

Here's my dentist, Dr. Rafael:

And here he is with his Dental Degree:

Dr. Rafael made me feel very comfortable again.  He's really polite, "Open wider, please.  Thank you."  "Close a bit, please.  Thank you."  All requests and directions had a please and thank you.  He prepped the two teeth that will anchor the bridge, did impressions, placed two temporary crowns, and we were on our way in an hour.

I thought I was going to have to wait 3 to 4 weeks for the bridge, but that must have been part of the explanation for the implant, if I had chosen that way to go.  As it turns out, I have an appointment for tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. to have the permanent bridge placed.

We left the dental office and walked to the liquor store, where I was going to get another bottle of Jamison's Irish Whisky, but even though it was 10:00, the same time we purchased liquor last time, we are now in Daylight Savings Time and would have had to wait until 11:00 am.  They don't sell liquor before 10:00 a.m. California time and it was just 9:00 a.m. there.  So, no booze this visit.  I'll get my bottle tomorrow.  :)

Here's a shot from one of the sidewalks showing one vendor's items and some of the businesses across the street.  It's a small area, just four or so blocks square, I think, but it's really crowded with vendors and dental and optical offices and restaurants.  

Then we drove back to the Quechan Casino where Dale's rig was parked.  I dropped him off to head to another BLM camping spot.  I'm staying another night here so I'll be close again tomorrow to cross the border for my third and final dental appointment in Mexico.

When we got back, Miguel's RV Wash and Wax & Carpet Cleaning van was in the parking lot, as they were yesterday.  I walked over to get a quote.

He said $30 for just a wash, and I decided to do it.  The Palms was filthy, and a wash was way past due.  She looks pretty nice now.

Katie wasn't very happy with all the commotion going on outside and on the roof, and especially when they washed the cab window next to her car seat.  Here she is telling them what she thinks of them messing with our house:

And here we are.  Waiting one more day - it sure will be nice to get this dental work behind me, and really nice that I'll be done tomorrow.

Dale and I discussed my issue with the brake pads hanging up, and we decided that it wasn't a problem.  I had made an appointment for tomorrow morning to get them looked at, but cancelled it for now.  Remember when I was driving from Cottonwood to Sedona and thought my rear tire had been shredded?  I saw the rubber flying out from the tire and stopped, etc.?  I had the tires checked at the Cottonwood Discount Tire Store and they said everything looked okay.  When I was in San Diego, I still smelled burning rubber when I stopped and went to another Discount tire, where the actually removed the tires and examined them thoroughly.  They were both okay.

I haven't smelled that burning rubber odor since then, and now I'm thinking there might have been a piece of that tire that I picked up that didn't get thrown off onto the road, and maybe was stuck somewhere in the brake area.  Does that make sense?

I'm going to watch (and smell) closely for a while, but hopefully if something was stuck, it was removed or fell out when the San Diego Discount Tire guy removed the dualies from the rig.  That's what I'm hoping!

I'm thinking I'll head back to Quartzsite tomorrow after my appointment - possibly Imperial Dam.  We'll see tomorrow. 

From me and Katie, have a great December 1, everyone!   💓😊💓


  1. I'm going to need a partial lower denture and sure wish I was close enough to Mexico to get it there.

  2. You are well protected from soap suds! ;->

    Virtual hugs,


  3. You'll be happy when the Dental appointments are over not so much for the discomfort but more the aggravation of working it into your schedule.
    Katie only trying to protect you from whatever it was that was happening to your home.
    Your diagnosis about a piece of rubber being caught against the brake would definitely give off the smell of burning rubber because that is what would be happening.
    Just arrived this afternoon and went for a quick look around the area. Staying at the Quail Run RV Resort until January by which time we'll be out in the BLM with everyone else.
    Be Safe and Enjoy.

    It's about time.

    1. Thanks for your opinion about the burning rubber smell. It helps to get confirmation from someone else. :)

      And you're right - most of the "pain" in this dental situation is not being where I want to be right now. And of course, the $$$ that I've so carefully saved toward my Park Model. But thank goodness I DID have it saved. :)

  4. Glad all went well there for you , them soon be all overweigh and back to enjoy some quiet timed. Enjoy Imperial dam we love it there too.

  5. It sounds logical to me about the burning rubber smell. Good job, Katie.

  6. I am thinking maybe a trip to Mexico for major dental work is work it. And I live in Oregon... Great that is has all gone well for you!

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