Friday, February 15, 2008
the guilt monther ith here
Rosey pell-melled it up the first two stairs and slipped, knocked her face into the step and burst out crying. Blood everywhere.
I was busy with the wet washcloth and the ice cubes and trying to figure out where (all) the blood was coming from, wiping the blood off her teeth, etc. Verdict: small cut in mouth. Everything else: okay.
She wailed for a bit then abruptly fell asleep in the chair, still sucking on her freezie.*
But when she woke up, one of her teeth? G-O-N-E.
I freaked out. There is no prettier way to put it. Faced with a sudden hole in my daughters face, I called both the dentist and the doctor. (Of course, both weren't answering. I had to freak out all by myself.)
Ookay. Obviously backup wasn't an option. Get ahold of yourself.
I checked her mouth. Although she wasn't letting me touch her other teeth, the empty socket (mocking me - what sort of mother lets their daughter lose a tooth and doesn't notice?) was tidy and wasn't bleeding. Her mouth also wasn't bleeding anymore.
So - nothing swollen. Nothing bleeding. Nothing....nothing the doctor was going to be able to do.
Crap. So this was all my decision. It was my call.
So Rosey will go in to the dentist Monday for a check-up and x rays, and if she doesn't open her mouth voluntarily this time? I'm going to have to make her.
Y'know. Because the guilt levels aren't high enough yet.
NOW I have to gloss over the fact that the tooth fairy will be bringing money for a tooth that isn't physically available to her. (Or that anyone would possibly want, once it becomes available...if you catch my meaning.)
'The tooth fairy celebrates ALL teeth, Rosey-Posey. Even the ones she doesn't...have.'
And won't be actively seeking out, believe me.
*Tip I picked up in the OPD - Freezies, while still in their wrappers? Lovely size to put on almost any cut, even inside the mouth. C's school uses frozen yogurt tubes on all bumps and scrapes.