Mouths bleed. A LOT.
We all rushed in the bathroom to start cleaning him up, assessing the "damage." I ALMOST panicked. My mom, and her calm words: "Don't panic, you'll make him even more scared... you have to stay calm." Andrew was at work, so I had to be the CALM parent. We were talking the other day about whether our roles would have been different had he been there. Would I have "fallen apart?" Who knows, but that day, I didn't.
May I repeat myself that mouths bleed a lot?
After we realized that he had in fact bitten all the way through, we knew #1, our morning would be filled with an ER visit... #2, our plans for that Saturday were drastically changed... and #3, we wouldn't get any breakfast! ((you put those in order of importance)) :)
|elevator on the way to the Pediatric ER|
|so scared. :/|
I really can't complain about the Pediatric ER at Cone Hospital. We stepped in the door, and not even 10 minutes later, we were in a room. They tried to decide whether to do stitches, glue, or a steri-strip, but we all felt that though it was the hardest route, stitches would do the best. Glue has a chance of coming undone, and a steri-strip, yeah, that wasn't going to stay on my two year old. Maybe for about 30 seconds!
|believe it or not, he wasn't crying because of his lip at the point, he was upset because he didn't want silly mommy taking pictures! (i had to send one to Andrew though, keeping him posted throughout the way)|
|checking out "Chuck the Truck"|
Wow, this was rough. They had to wrap my little guy in a sheet from shoulders down and then have a nurse holding his head. Trust me when I say, he worked up a sweat and probably a sore throat from this one. Can you imagine how scared he was?
Once again. Strong parent mode.
Nate got 2 dissolvable stitches on the outside of his lip. They normally try to avoid stitching the inside, due to risk of infection.
|the numbing agent. (right before stitches)|
After this whole deal, the poor guy was exhausted.
|poor guy couldn't shut his mouth well because of the swelling and could't quit drooling!|
you can also see his teeth well in this picture.
|Mommy got lots of cuddles that day.|
On the 11th, Monday, we went to the dentist. We had to find a pedodontist that would take him so young, and would also take our insurance without having to pay everything up front (simply because I didn't know what we were in for). We "talked it up" on the way there, and in the waiting room, but when the assistant came to get him, we got a surprise. "Mommy can't go back with him." she says. "I don't know if that's going to work" I said. "He'll be okay." ((cue cries of terror from the two year old))
I sent him away with a smile and encouraging words.
Mommy falls apart.
Mommy could have been mopped off the floor.
They did an x-ray and there were no fractures in his teeth, and though they were very crooked, there was minimal movement, which was a great sign. All thoughts lead to him keeping them. A little over a week later, they seem to have straightened a little bit, and tightened back up. We are certainly thankful for this answer to prayer. We need our front teeth! Nate was put on soft foods for 2 weeks and was scheduled a follow up
mommy still cant go back with you
appointment in 6 weeks.
So, there you have it.
Our first trip to the ER. Our first "big" boo boo.
The first, and definitely not the last, time I had to "hold it together" for the sake of my child. :)
Here are some pictures through out the week.
|June 10th (flash in eyes - not crying)|
|June 11th (flash in eyes - actually saying "cheese" - not crying)|
|June 16th (one week later)|
|June 16th (one week later)|
|in his baby book, a page for his "boo-boo"|
|Today, June 18th. (scab is almost gone!)|
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for our little guy! We've definitely felt them!