NaBloPoMo: 1, Amy 0. Or maybe that's 0, 0.
I keep putting off posting because I need to upload before and after shots of Leo into the laptop and wanted to attach them with a post about his surgery, but this weekend Dan buzzed his hair and he looks totally different again, so it seems like older than old news now and whatever, I might as well post photo-less.
The reason his really bad tooth died is due to falling into a bedpost a year ago. It wiggled a little at first, but seemed okay until spring when it starting changing color. The dentist showed me how there was an infection in the gum above it at this point. They lost the tooth after removing it, but I suspect it fell apart and someone tossed it. I think having the one dead, infected tooth accelerated decay in his other teeth. Night nursing probably didn't help. He rarely drinks juice, and other than a lot at Halloween and occasional suckers from the bank (which I'm stopping now), he doesn't have much candy. He has my big teeth-small jaw problem which makes it tough to clean between his teeth. I just hope that the tooth removal, mostly weaned-ness, and more careful brushing will be enough to prevent any additional major work.
I love the Children's Hospital system. They are awesome and I recommend them for every circumstance (except probably birthing a baby). We were in the St Paul location when the boys were in the NICU, the Minneapolis location when Peter split his head open and went to the ER for stitches, and the West outpatient location for the dental work. All of them went above and beyond what I expected for making kids feel secure and comfortable. The best part about our morning -- as the anesthesiologist held the mask over Leo's face (in the dark room with green twinkling lights on the walls and ceiling, the color picked just for him), the nurse blew bubbles for Leo to kick as he fell asleep. He was reclined in my lap facing away from me and I didn't know he'd fallen asleep until he dropped his toy truck. It was so calm and quiet -- I'd expected him to fight the mask.
Waking up wasn't quite as easy -- because he was recovering from a cold, they wanted him to wake up enough to cough up any accumulated mucus while in the first recovery room, so he was fairly awake by the time I could join him. A nurse was holding a weepy, out-of-it Leo in her lap when I came in. I held him for half an hour as he woke up, watching a construction video. He wanted to pull off his IV and got angry about it for a bit, then would calm down and watch the show again. I tried to give him a popsicle, but I think his mouth was too numb and he drooled out more than he ate. He was able to drink some juice.
By the time we got home, he immediately began running around and chasing Peter. He's been more wound up in the days post-surgery than he had been before. He was on ibuprofin for most of the first two days and that usually makes him more hyper. He woke up the next day saying his mouth hurt (he hadn't had medicine for 16 hours), but hasn't otherwise complained.
He was put under for about 90 minutes -- they x-rayed him, cleaned his teeth, and did all the work while I waited in a family room.
I'm not quite sure what all he had done. The dentist listed everything verbally, but I'll need to wait for the bill to come before getting it all straight. They took out the one tooth, put stainless steel (on the back, white on the front) caps on 3 more, put white fillings on at least 2, and put sealants on everything. He looks really strange to me. His remaining top front tooth seems so big and looks like it's going to take over the front of his mouth. Leo keeps chewing on hard pointy things and I'm amazed he hasn't made the hole bleed. Both boys have been fairly early teethers and I hope he doesn't have to wait too long before the permanent tooth comes in, but it'll probably be 4 years. Dan's taught him to say that's he's "Banga Nify" -- Malagasy for missing a tooth. Dan's mom grew up in Madagascar and has memories of everyone calling her that. Leo is now pointing out that he's Banga Nify but he's still Leo. Yes, but now I feel like the last bits of babyhood are disappearing and I have two big kids at my house.
There were some extra things done that weren't on the original dental plan and I don't know if they'll be costing us an extra $100 or $500. Or more. I wish they'd send the Explanation of Benefits so I could at least find out the amount. Until then, I feel like all our finances are up in the air because I don't want to pay extra on other bills if we're going to be sending another thousand to the dentist. I do know that the boys and I are now flossing daily and brushing teeth twice a day even if it means I have to pin Leo down to do so. I'm going to a new, close dentist in a week and Peter's scheduled for the pediatric dentist during Christmas break. Now, if I could just figure out what is involved with switching our primary care doctor to someone in this part of the metro, we'd stop driving to St Paul for all our health care. It made a lot more sense to go to a dentist in downtown St Paul when I worked on that block. Now, not so much. My 6 month check was scheduled at the same time as Leo's surgery so it made it easier to switch now instead of putting it off.