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!
I KNOW he was goofing around! He's not clumsy- he's very coordinated. This was probably his fault.
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?
Veneers look like horse teeth. I hope he doen't need veneers.
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!