calendar will provide...
A calm and orderly life.
So I forgot to make the follow up appointment for the 'feelings'
till they left a message a few weeks ago.
We went back to the dentist and found out that one of the
Dolly's cavities had progressed to where the tooth needed to
be removed by an oral surgeon. It was a baby tooth in the
spot where someday a 12 year molar will grow into.
We went for the consultation and discussed the procedure
with the doctor who was fabulous. The Dolly seemed pretty
comfortable with him too.
The night before the procedure the kids called me into
the bathroom during tubby time. Clearly they had been
having a lengthly discussion because no actual washing
had occurred yet.
'Mommy, do you think I should keep Baby Jay or give it to
the Tooth Fairy?' Two expectant faces looked up at me.
It took me a moment to deconstruct this sentence.
Hmmmm, tooth fairy - AHA! She was talking about her
baby tooth which happens to be in position J in her mouth
on the tooth chart. Who knew she was paying such
I certainly should have - not much gets by this child.
She had the surgery yesterday and after a rocky couple of
hours was back to her (6-1/2 year) old self.
As they wheeled her out to our car I was struck by few things.
Somebody help me if something ever really happens to one
of my babies because I don't do so well even seeing them
sedated. I thought of all of the mothers who are actually
dealing with something BIG with their children.
And I felt empathy and gratitude.
Then I thought of the privilege of being able to do a health
procedure that is prophylactic. And I wondered about all of
the people who have to wait until something is terribly wrong
and then go to the emergency room and wait in pain FOREVER.
And again I felt empathy and gratitude.
I have high hopes for this new administration.
I also know that the man is taking on one hell of a mess.
And yet I hope.
I hope that one day every child will have health insurance.
I hope that one day every single person will have health
insurance. But the children are a great beginning.
As for Baby Jay? She is resting comfortably [in the special
little box that the nurse presented to the Dolly] up on the
window sill in our kitchen.
And miracle of miracles, somehow the tooth fairy knew that
Dolly had lost a tooth even though it wasn't under her pillow.