Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rolling With the Punches

Hazy eyes, compliments of Tylenol with codine

I've had such high blogging aspirations these past few weeks - - lots of things swimming around in my mind that I want to write about, but, alas - - my life at the moment just hasn't been conducive to do much creative writing. What can you do. As you know, we've been suffering the ravages of some sort of super-human viral bug in this house, basically, for the past 5 weeks. The illness du jour for the past 7 days has been high fevers, runny noses, and a deep, deep cough. I don't want to go and jinx myself, but I feel more confident than ever that Camden is finally out of the woods and on his way to a full recovery. Thank goodness, because that poor boy has been so very sick.

On Tuesday evening, Griffin had an accident - - in a nutshell, he slipped and fell on the dining room hardwood floor and as a result, drove his two upper front teeth back into his gums. I wish I could draw you a picture to illustrate just how gory this injury is, but please just take my word for it. I believe Steve made mention that he hopes to never again see that much blood coming out of one of our children, and I'm right there with him. After a trip to the ER, followed by an emergency consult with a very, very kind and accommodating local dentist, we just have to do our best to manage Griffin's pain, and watch for signs of abscessing. Although there is a slight chance that the teeth could eventually work their way back down out of the gums, the more likely scenario is that the teeth will die, and will fall out prematurely, or will need to be extracted. My main concern at the moment is avoiding infection, and letting nature take its course. It is so odd to look at my wee Griffin Peter and not see his little front teeth (see sidebar picture for reference). He looks a little vampire-ish now, to tell the truth! To add to the trauma, Griffin can no longer suck on his beloved Binky, so the Binky Fairy ended up coming rather unexpectedly. This worked out rather well for me, but I didn't derive a bit of joy from hearing him cry so pathetically for his Binky during the first 24 hours or so. He also cannot drink from a sippy cup, or bite food. We are having trouble getting food into him - - I think he just hurts so badly that he is more afraid than anything else, but hopefully he will be hungry enough to try, soon. He has been such a trooper through all of this - - he is a tough little guy for sure. Every time he says, "Mummy, my teef hurt," my heart breaks a little bit, though.

Today, I am hoping to be able to get the boys out of the house - - they both need and deserve a break from all of this, and I think it would do Griffin some good to get his mind off his mouth.

On a completely unrelated note, stay tuned for a recipe for Boston Creme Pie cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes. I'm starting to think we could achieve world peace, if we all just ate more cupcakes.

11 comments:

Amy said...

Sending you good sustaining thoughts and healing for Griffin! Hang in there!

Lisa said...

Your post brings tears to my eyes! That poor little guy. He shouldn't have had to endure such pain AND have to do without his Binky - not fair. Hugs to you Heath! I know it isn't easy for you either. Have a great day out - you all NEED it!

Jean said...

Even with hazy eyes and out-of-sight front teeth, he still looks mighty kissable. Hope he's feeling better, poor little duffer. He took a nasty tumble, that's for sure. Great talking with you yesterday. We're having the Pioneer Woman chicken recipe you recommended for dinner tonight.

Kate said...

The whole thing sounds so awful that I don't even know what to say. I didn't even know teeth could do that. Give him extra hugs.

Heather said...

When Griffin woke up this morning, he was in a really bad way, so I ended up taking him to the doctor, who thinks he might be harboring an infection in his mouth now, so we are giving him a round of antibiotics and are hoping to see some improvement in his condition soon!

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Poor little guy, I cringed when I read about his accident. Hope he is doing better and that you all had a great day out!

Jenn said...

Oh dear! How scary. I cringe in pain for your little guy but also at the thought that I know I am in for events such as yours in the near future...my little man just got his first two teeth at 5 months!

Jen said...

Poor Griffin! I hope the little guy feels better soon. Your going to have a lot of stories to tell him when he gets older.

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Oh No! Poor little guy and poor parents! I HATE seeing any of my children get hurt in any way. I hope it turns out as well as can be expected.

kirsten said...

Poor Griffin and Poor Mom! HOpe he is feeling much better! Those cupcakes look scrumptious!

Brenda Leyland said...

Ouch.... oh my.... here's sending lots of wishes and a prayer for a speedy recovery -- with all restored to wholeness for your little guy!

And about those boston creme pie cupcakes...... I shall stay tuned for that recipe. They look too wonderful and how timely -- I've been wanting something sweet and chocolate-y recently!

BTW, my first time visit -- glad I had a chance to hang around for a few minutes.

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