Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fall Down - Go Boom

Well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised:  but I am.  Last night Gianna was toddling at her typical breakneck speed….and fell.  Not an uncommon occurrence with her – but she’s a tough little cookie, so there’s usually little to no drama involved.
But last night,  she fell and popped her little mouth on the floor.  My husband was with her and I was in the bedroom.  I heard the cry (another unusual occurrence) and came to check it out.  Wouldn’t you know – part of her front tooth was missing. Ugh.  I could tell she wasn’t in serious pain, but my heart just sunk as the thoughts in my head started swirling:  “It’s just a baby tooth. Thank heavens she’s okay.  Her smile --- her perfect signature smile!  Okay, there are thousands of parents with their really sick or hurt kids who would trade places with me in a heartbeat. This wouldn’t have happened if I were here.  Wasn’t her dad watching her?  I know better than that – these things can happen right in front of your nose and there’s just no preventing some things.  We don’t even have a pediatric dentist yet.”  And on and on and on…
She’s doing fine today.  I’m doing much better too.  I am continually surprised by my reactions to various happenings after becoming a mom.  Some things that I would expect to affect me – don’t. And then some things I never though would bother me – do.  Just trying to keep things in perspective. 
After getting a ton of great recommendations of pediatric dentists from my Facebook friends, I decided to make an appointment with one whose been around forever and whose family I know well.  I googled his name, found his office and called for an appointment.
“Hello.” answered a man on the other end.
“Oh, I’m sorry I must’ve dialed the wrong number.”
“Well, who were you calling?” he asked.
“Oh I meant to call Dr. _______.”
“Well, this is Dr. _______.”
“Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry, I don’t know how I got your direct line.”
“Oh, you didn’t, this is my home.”
GASP!!! “Dr. _____, this is Maria (maiden name) and I looked up your office number - - and I have no idea how I reached you at home.”
”Oh, no problem, it’s listed wrong on the internet and we don’t know how to fix it – people call here all this time.  The office is closed this week anyway.  What can I do for you?”
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Are you kidding me?  What medical professional is that accessible these days?  Without even knowing who he was speaking to and without even being a patient yet, he was willing to see her if it was an emergency.  God Bless him!!!  I already love him.  He’ll told me what to look out for and he’d fit her in on Monday.  I love him.
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*sniff *


  1. OH NO!!!! He's a magician, he'll figure something out. I kinda like the snaggle tooth look, it adds character! Seriously though, I hear he's great (from the facebood recs). My friends little girl fell about the same age as Gianna and knocked her two front teeth up into her gums (ah!), but after seeing them, reassured mom that it would heal and the teeth would fall back into place. Not that a chip will heal, but there's hope!!! I'm so sorry about this, I can only imagine how your heart feels...

  2. Oooohhhhh. Wow. I'm sure he'll be able to fix it.

  3. Oh, that's terrible! Hopefully it didn't damage the root and he can just patch it up. Good Luck!


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