There comes a time in one’s life when you must not only ask yourself hard questions but be willing to answer them. The question, if I am willing to ask it, is do I trust people? Who do I trust? And why?
We have come upon a touch of adversity, of late. It feels disheartening as frustrating & challenging things keep happening. I said adversity but not real trials. We are employed, still have our home, have a healthy family, we can feed our family, we have health insurance and even dental insurance. In the big things, we are certainly okay.
But still, life is hard right now and my reflex is to scream WHY?! to the ‘universe’ that keeps on going, no matter what hardship I have had. Tomorrow quickly becomes today and I can’t ‘get off’ this ride. This ride is my today.
It’s funny as a mother (or father, but mothering is what I do) you are thrust into situations where you need an advanced seminar in something (today emergency dentistry, Saturday it was sick kittens, last week eldercare … ) and you have to trust the experts that you have already surrounded yourself with.
My son Jacob broke/shattered/chipped his front teeth in the bathtub last night. I was in a meeting about something that I am very excited about (utilizing artists in our church. a potential artist’s blog. a potential wall of photography I might create. amazing. challenging. fun. my blood is pumping!) and after I get out of the building, my cell tells me I missed three calls and I get updated on what happened.
Our dentist is young and lacks history and experience. And after getting it repaired this morning, I am feeling a bit unsure as to whether the dentist was functioning on the level I want for MY SON! My baby has shattered his two front teeth. If you look closely you can see that his teeth look like ice that has cracked.
I must get a second opinion. Meanwhile, I can’t order the mouthguard for myself from my dentist, because it turns out even though and dentist and my Primary doc told me it’s TMJ & I clentch my jaw, it’s medical not dental. I have to get approval through health insurance or I’ll pay $680 our of pocket.
I must get my 2nd cat, Darling, to the Vet to make sure she hasn’t caught whatever Gizmo had and what finally killed her. And I have to get back over to Emergency Vetenarians for Gizmo’s remains because the boys want to bury her.
The boys need hair repair (they both got BAD haircuts during the summer) and they have school pictures tomorrow.
Emma has to create a timeline from the year of her birth, to now, providing events that occured each year including sports, politics, and three other categories I can’t remember at this moment. That’s due Thursday, with dinner at my mom’s and soccer practice in between. The good news there is that she seems to have gotten herself to school on time!
Does anyone have a great, experienced, wise dentist? Meanwhile, I’m doing some light reading:To efficiently determine the extent of injury and correctly
diagnose injuries to the teeth, periodontium, and associated
structures, a systematic approach to the traumatized child is
essential.22,23 Assessment includes a thorough history, visual and
radiographic examination, and additional tests such as palpation,
percussion, and mobility evaluation. Intraoral radiography
is useful for the evaluation of dentoalveolar trauma. If the area
of concern extends beyond the dentoalveolar complex, extraoral
imaging may be indicated. Treatment planning takes into
consideration the patient’s health status and developmental
status as well as extent of injuries. Advanced behavior guidance
techniques or an appropriate referral may be necessary to ensure
that proper diagnosis and care are given.
Guideline on Management of Acute Dental Trauma, from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.