Posted by: amyedwards | March 17, 2008

Ouch!

This past Thursday, Noah had his first bike accident and boy was it a doozie!!!  He was going rather fast when he wrecked and hit the driveway with a direct blow to the chin.  The emergency room fixed him up with 5 stitches and orders to see a dentist for the teeth he messed up.

Unfortunately, most dentists do  not see patients on Fridays.  But to make it even worse, the “continuing education” seminar was in Atlanta this weekend, so every dentist in the state of Georgia was closed.  After about 20 unsuccessful phone calls, I finally found a dentist in Monroe that was willing to see him on Friday.  After an initial examination and round of x-rays, this dentist decided that he thought it better for Noah for a pediatric dentist to do the work needed.  So, he worked it out where we would immediately be seen by a pediatric dentist 45 minutes away.  Noah’s file was faxed over, along with copies of the x-rays, and they would do the work right away.  I’ll save you the long and agonizing story, but after a 45 minute drive, an hour long wait in the waiting room of a dentist who wasn’t a pediatric dentist after all, a language barrier between me and the dental staff, and a nervous 6 year old sensing my frustration and uneasiness, we were told by the dentist looking in his mouth that the office closed in 15 minutes and there was no way they were going to be able to do all of the work that day.  So, we left with a prescription for an antibiotic to prevent infection (since the nerve is completely exposed in one shattered tooth) and a prescription for a pain killer.  Needless to say, I knew we weren’t going back there for any treatment!

So, today my plan was to finally take him to his pediatric dentist.  Turns out, they are no longer “in network” for our dental insurance.  So, I finally found someone else and I loved her!  After a whole new set of x-rays, it was determined that Noah will need to be put to sleep for the extensive work his mouth will need.  He will have two molars that were shattered extracted with spacers put in to keep room for the permanent teeth to come in.  He will have one root canal and caps put on two different teeth that were broken in the fall.  In addition, he had two cavities unrelated to fall that she will go ahead and fill while she is in there.  And, since we’re such good customers, she is going to go ahead and do a teeth cleaning at that time as well.  And all for the low, low price of $you don’t want to know!

As bad as it may sound (and, trust me, the dentists (all 3 of them) were amazed at what they saw), we were very fortunate that he was not injured more seriously.  The dentist today commented that it was absolutely remarkable that his jaw was not damaged (not even a hairline fracture) by such a hard hit.  And no other bones were broken.  It could have been a lot worse.  So, all in all, we’re blessed. 

If you think about it next Friday, the 28th, say a little prayer for Noah.  And say a little prayer for Mom too.  It’s not easy watching your baby be put under and go through so much.  Thanks!

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Responses

  1. Poor Noah! Hope he isn’t too sore and is feeling better soon.

  2. Oh goodness. I did not know any of this. Of course we will be praying for you guys and Noah. I have been through my boys being “put under” many times now and it odes not get any easier each time. You know the old saying….boys will be boys. It is sooooo true!

  3. Praying for you Friday!


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