Surprises on the way to heart surgery
I’m the first to admit that I’m not the best at remembering to brush my kids teeth. I remind them, I try to remember daily, but sometimes I forget. Sometimes I’m doing good to remember to feed them okay. ;)
I’m joking. Well not totally, but some days when we’re really busy we do a “fend for yourself” kind of thing and they eat cereal for dinner.
Last Thursday, one week from Princess2’s heart cath procedure, I decided to brush her teeth and LOOK at them closely. Only I didn’t need a super duper close look, just more paying attention after I had brushed them than normal, and I saw a dark spot on a tooth. Can it be? Is that a cavity?! I wonder when after surgery we can get that fixed? Hmmm, guess I better call Vanderbilt.
Friday morning I DID call Vanderbilt, after posting to Facebook about my surprises. Imagine my surprise when they told me that since her heart cath procedure is considered invasive (they’re inserting a set of coils) that they would have to postpone the heart cath until the cavity was repaired. She could not have have her heart cath procedure until AFTER the teeth issues were fixed.
9am on Friday morning I find this out. Do you realize that most dentists are closed on Fridays? Yeah, I didn’t really know that either. I called our pediatric dentist, and they were emergency only. I figured, this is an emergency…right? Only Princess2 is NOT their patient of record yet.
So, I called MY dentist. He won’t do cavities on 2.5 year olds.
I called a friend who is a dentist, and left a message.
I called another referred by a friend dentist, he was out and only available to patients of record for emergencies.
NO ONE called me back. I had NOTHING in place to get this tooth looked at. I looked at our calendar, I looked at all the plans we had in place, and I saw, it was Princess1’s birthday weekend and I resolved to ENJOY the weekend and worry about the tooth on Monday. At worst, we had to reschedule and everyone we were scheduled with in regards to plans were understanding and FLEXIBLE. It was doable.
Saturday afternoon, my friend who is the dentist was coming home from Disney. Her office called me and set us up for Monday afternoon at 1pm. What compassionate people, what great friends…who CARES that my dental insurance is not done by them….we’ll work it out.
I took her in, not really knowing what to expect (this is the first cavity experience of all my kids), and even I was shocked by Princess2’s behavior. I sat her down on the chair, Dr. A talked with her a little, and then asked if she could see her teeth. Princess2 opened her mouth right up nice and big.
She didn’t squirm. She didn’t wiggle. She sat there so very still through the numbing, through the shot of novacaine (she whimpered once at the end). She sat VERY still through the drilling, though I noticed she sort of stared off into space a little looking at the light and didn’t acknowledge any of us.
*yeah that raises a red flag on attachment type stuff, but I figure we’ve had her for 8 weeks, so it’s early yet and to be expected*
Then, as they were doing the filling, she fell asleep. SHE. FELL. ASLEEP.
Her cavity is all repaired. We’re still on schedule for the heart cath procedure on Thursday. I’m still incredibly nervous about it.