O.K. so yesterday I made someone in this world extremely happy. Why can’t we do that everyday? Let me explain……I am having dental drama, went to my local dentist, they said I need a bridge…had to yank 4 teeth and it would be $3600…yikes o.k. I made the appt. to go back the next day, had a bad dream, stressed, and then resolved myself to do it. I go the next morning and she says, we were wrong on the price quote, it will be $7740….are you kidding? There is no way. I decide to go to a foreign country for dental work like so many Americans do….the costs are prohibitive here!
I get up at 4:30 AM to drive to Tijuana. Now, I know what y’all are saying…TJ? Hear me out….
My daughter who is a little concerned because of all the drug cartels shootings and murders going on at the border calls…..”we will be fine I tell her”!
My husband and I get down there in record time….cross the border, jump in a cab, and are there right on time. I get the the preliminary work, bite impression, molds, x rays, then we go downtown for lunch and shopping. The place is deserted, except for a few tour busses from Canada with tourists from India…ya, go figure. I laugh at the little Indian boy on a donkey with a big sombrero on , and the parents taking photos….it is a small world afterall. Those pics will end up in Delhi, with their family ohhhhhing and ahhhhinng.
We go back I get the rest of the preliminary work done and we call a cab to get us back to the border…..OH IMPORTANT…..I almost forgot to tell you that the work being done is $2100, AND they do NOT have to pull any teeth for a bridge. Dr. Ricardo Alvarez Carrera has an office that looks like it could be smack dab in the middle of Beverly Hills, modern art and all. He is the assistant professor in Implant Dentistry of Loma Linda Dental School here in S. Calif., but has an office in Tijuana….Centro de Implantes Dentale toll free 1-888-287-1969…tell Bertha Deb haugen sent you!….Root Canals like 300-400 dollars, crowns around $450…Now in this economy to pay 2200 for something you can get for $750 is well, insane. If you need any dental work do not hesitate to call them, they are amazing! Their office is clean, beautiful, and highly professional…http://www.dental-implants-center.com….They do all dentistry, not just implants. Feel good about going there, they are pro’s!
Anyway so we get in the cab, the nicest cab driver drives us around, my husband looking for something, this guy stops here and there trying to help us. Pedro is just a sweet man, everytime my husband goes in a place I wait outside and talk to him. We get to the border, and I asked “How Much”? He says…..pay me what you want….I will take whatever you would like to give me…..WHAT? Does this happen anywhere in the world? Imagine that happening in New York City, Boston, San Francisco???? I think not. I give the guy 15 bucks, and the look on his face is priceless! He has now put us into Rock Star Status, in his eyes a dolden light has come from above and we are glowing! He is so thankful, mind you, for 15 dollars, he cannot get over it! He gives me a card and says next time I am there he will pick me up at McDonalds at the border and the trip is free! This guy is in shock, he is humble, and a really nice person…Pedro was sooooo happy today.
Soooo, I made someone happy yesterday. It was simple, yet powerful for someone else’s life. I got back a lot more than I gave.
I’m going to try and do that everyday………
It was a very good day …..