Well, it finally happened…Little S had his first ER visit. I knew the moment he was mobile that it would happen early on and I’m sure it’s going to happen with more frequency than I am comfortable with. That little guy has no fear and is constantly on the move. After a long day, I decided to take the kids to the park to get their wiggles out.
A few steps into the park, I let Little S down to walk. He got about 6 feet away from me, tripped, fell onto his knees, onto his arms, and then in slow motion tipped forward and hit his face. It wasn’t a hard fall, so when I picked him up I was shocked to see his mouth full of blood.
When the blood cleared a bit I could see that his tooth was broken in half vertically. Honestly, I have never seen anything like it. I called the dentist immediately and was able to make an appointment the next morning. I was afraid that I might miss something dangerous though, so I decided to take him into the ER to be safe. Thankfully, nothing had to be addressed there, but the doctor said he couldn’t be certain the extent of the damage to the tooth.
The next day we were able to get his tooth X-rayed and sure enough it couldn’t be saved. One of the hardest things I’ve had to experience was watching him being strapped down and having his tooth extracted. The dentist administered laughing gas and he was given local anesthesia, but it was traumatizing for us both nonetheless. Once we were home though, he was completely fine. Eating had a learning curve as food kept slipping through the space while he ate the first few days.
One of my reoccurring thoughts those first few days without his tooth was that people would think that I am a bad parent. That they would see his missing tooth and judge me. I hate that I felt that way. Little S had an accident, I was able to care for him, get him the services he needed, and comfort him. I am so thankful that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and he’s no worse for the wear. As hard as it was, it’s a good reminder that we are all in need of a little more grace. We are doing the best we can.