Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Pretty Smile is Very Important

Yet another chapter in the book of why I won't be 'Mother of the Year' anytime soon.

The phone rings. I see on the caller ID that it is the school nurse. I am hoping she is calling to ask for volunteers for the school blood drive, but I know better since we don't have a school blood drive.

The nurse tells me that my son has tripped and fell and hit his face on the water fountain. She goes on to tell me that he hit his teeth.

My first thought:
God, I wish she was just calling to tell me that he puked!

Second thought:
I KNOW he was goofing around! He's not clumsy- he's very coordinated. This was probably his fault.

Third thought:
Crap- his braces! $4000 worth of braces that have only been on for 6 weeks! Are they OK? If the teeth fell out and the braces broke, can I get a refund?

Forth thought:
Veneers look like horse teeth. I hope he doen't need veneers.

Fifth thought:
He can make it through the rest of the day, right? It's only a half an hour and I don't want to have to make two trips or wake up Beebs from her nap.

I know, I do a lot of thinking!

Things that did not cross my mind:

Is he OK?
Does it hurt?
Is it bleeding?
Did he hurt anything else?
How did it happen?

In my defense, even though I know I'm completely defenseless, this is not the first or even the second time we have gone through this with my son and his teeth. Granted, this first 2 were not his fault. But my heart can't take any more teeth injuries. I'm a proponent of nice pretty white, clean, straight teeth.

We rushed him to the orthodontist who said the braces were fine, but didn't know about the teeth (tell me- what good are the braces, exactly, without the teeth???) His left front tooth had really been pushed back and damaged.

On to the Endodontist (sadly, we are recongnized here)... we know the routine. After the x-rays- no sign of any trauma yet, but we will have to come back once a week for the next 6 weeks! If they see damage they will try to save the tooth with an emergency root canal. What the hell, I had nothing better to do!

So, I'm in the market for a rubber mouthguard that my son can wear 24 hours a day or maybe I'll just bubble wrap his face!

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Cheryl said...

I didn't know if you had time what with ordering mouth guards and such.......but you've been tagged. I don't want you to CRY for god sake. I'd feel so alone in my nutty world if it weren't for you.

The Mom said...

Oh man...go for the bubble wrap!! Was it an adult tooth?? Oh vey!

Tiffany said...

Make him wear a helmet with a face guard. Or just put him IN a bubble. Bubble boy! Oh who am I to give parenting advice? I tell mine to shut up because I am reading. LOL

Zookeeper said...

I don't like to do ANYTHING once a week; much less something as tedious as the Endodontist. What a bummer!

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

Boys!!! What is up with boys!!! Ugh

I feel for you! I hope that the tooth is okay. That BITES literally!

I am think a full face helmet is needed!

You know you were also thinking...THANK YOU I have a blog I can write. LOL Kidding!

Kitty said...

I am love-ing the therapy nurse. very cool and very naughty looking at once.
wow. a water fountain can do that to your teeth huh?
I'm with zookeeper - I don't do anything once a week either -
you know they make those helmets with attached mouth guard pieces like motor cross things -s tick out a good 4 inches - maybe he can wear one of those??

Heinous said...

Ouch, hopefully all is well with his teeth. I'm the same way with my son when he wipes out on his bike anymore. The first thought is, "I hope he didn't rip those new jeans," since he crashes that thing all the time.

jaime said...

oh poor thing! i feel for you, and i am down w/ bubblewrapping his head- i would do my son's head too- as he is prone to head injuries as well...hope he is ok!

Honeybell said...

I've felt that same way, I justify it this way: There would have been some intonation in the nurse's voice to alert you there was a bigger problem. It was a mom's intuition that led you know that he was okay. :D

Cheryl said...

I do need intervention. I knew it.

Momo Fali said...

Oh no! Once a week, for six weeks?!! That is brutal.

Eudae-mamia said...

Ugh - I so feel for you!! Now that my oldest is finally cutting his adult teeth, I feel like I'm running out of mulligans when it comes to face plants.

And don't worry, veneers can look very natural, just check out a pict of Ben Affleck.

Sorry, that probably didn't help...


Jenni Jiggety said...

ack! I am glad his teeth seem okay and I hope they stay that way!

Jay @halftime lessons said...

Holy sultry header, Batman!!

Love your blog, Hope to catch up with you again soon.

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

Sadly, I'm a school nurse and have to make calls like this all the time.. You're not the only mom to think these thoughts, I promise!!! Perhaps he could wear a football helmet???

Terri said...

I am currently tormenting my son's school nurse. I can't post about it because my sister (see post above mine) will not approve.

And I'm doing all this extra charity work to clear my karma.

Anonymous said...

What about a football helmet with a big face mask, chin strap & mouth guard?! LOL


Deb said...

I totally would have thought the same things. Man, I hope it all works out.

Was he indeed fooling around?

The Stiletto Mom said...

Once my daughter was throwing up and she had just had Kook Aid (red). Instead of worrying about what I should worry about (her) I was all freaked out that she would get it all over her new dress. In the moment, that makes me horrible, but in the long run, I say it's practical. We all have our moments.

C said...

OMG--I know what you mean with the braces! Both of my kids got them this year and I have an emmense amount of stress worrying about injuries involving their teeth!

Don't feel bad, whenever the school nurse calls me, I roll my eyes and heave a big sigh befoer I pick up!


Insane Mama said...

OMG he sounds like me as a kid, I was always smashing my teeth in. I knocked out my two front teeth just months after getting me braces off. My monm flipped. Screaming "why did you do that?"

jill jill bo bill said...

If it is consulation, I broke my front tooth off in half about 15 years ago. I had a hammer in my mouth....don't ask. I will blog about it one day.