Wednesday, February 21, 2007

accidents happen

The most difficult part of being a parent for me is without a doubt, when lulu gets sick or hurt.
Unfortunately last night she experienced the latter.
Big daddy was busy getting a quote from a roofing company and I was getting a quote from the carpet company.
Strange how they both showed up at the exact same time.
Anyhow Lulu must have slipped and fell onto our very large, very heavy and very sharp coffee table.
This is the third time she has whacked into this particular piece of furniture.
I immediately knew this was no ordinary cry.
Within a few minutes my sweater was covered in blood as was her sweet little face and mouth.
I took her upstairs to her bedroom-away from the carpet guy and the roofing guy and tried to console her.
Big daddy managed to clear the house of smoke smelling trades guys and help calm Lulu and I down.
I was trying to appear calm, but I don't think I was doing a very good job of it.
when we finally calmed Lulu down enough to look at the damage, I felt seriously nauseous.
Her poor little mouth was a mess.
Her bottom gums torn open and her bottom tooth loose and crooked.
not her teeth!
She needs those for at least another 5-7 years.
how will she eat or talk??!!
she ONLY has the two bottom teeth, now she might lose one of them?!!
We called tele-health and my mother-in-law (who was a nurse and is no stranger to medical emergencies having had four boys)
and they told us to monitor her and get to a pediatric dentist a.s.a.p.
which we did first thing this morning and after a two second jiggle and look at the gums and tooth told us to just monitor the tooth for possible infection, but hopefully it would just heal it self.
a hundred bucks later.. but well worth the piece of mind...
Not exactly the first dental experience I was hoping for, oh well.
Lulu has been handling it all exceptionally well.
Much better than myself or big daddy.
I couldn't even eat my cereal this morning my stomach was in knots and my hands were actually shaking.
I know it's inevitable that kids are going to get hurt and we can't protect them from every bump or bruise (or god forbid premature loss of teeth) but it doesn't make it any easier.
I just hate to see my sweet Lulu in any pain whatsoever.
This is just one of many bumps on the road of life for her (and me)
So all that I can really do is hold her close, keep an eye on her as much as physically possible, take ten long deep breaths,
and maybe burn that dammed coffee table..


tracy said...

oh sweethearts (all three of you!) yes the bumps are the toughest. but my girls never cease to surprise me in their resilency. the big bug took a terrible spill around the age of 3, resulting in her 2 front teeth turning black. scared me something awful. but they somehow healed and returned to their pearliness... anyway. thinking of you!

Ms. Porter said...

sorry to hear about little lulu. yes, take your deep breaths, do what you have to do to your coffee table and then pour yourself a nice BIG glass of wine. Oh and take a look at Her Bad Mother's post about her daughters little accident the other day....something must be in the air.

Gabriella said...

Poor Lulu! I can only imagine how you felt. It is so hard to try to protect them from every little thing out there. The one thing we did is move our coffee table and replaced it with a rectangular ottoman. At least that's one less thing to worry about!
I know we've got a long road ahead of us.

Cheryl said...

I am sooo sorry that you have to deal with this accident.

My little one has a small chip on his front tooth and I feel awful everytime I look at it.

Sheena said...

Poor sweetie. (both of you)
Hope she's OK. She's so adorable and gorgeous.

kittenpie said...

OH! Poor Lulu! And poor you!

I hope all heals itself up and meanwhile, lots of soft foods! It's terrifying, isn't it? That old saw about your heart walking around outside your body is umconfortably true sometimes.

Lisa b said...

oh that's so sad.
I believe the moms are always way more traumatised than the little one. Hopefully her tooth will be ok.

crazymumma said...

Oh poor sweet little thing. Nothing. NOTHING worse than your child being hurt. Those teeth? If she looses one, even two I PROMISE you it will not affect her in a huge way. I personally know two couples whose two year olds lost both upper teeth from jumping on the bed or bashing against something. Worst case scenario, she will lisp and you might need to do some professional speech work with her. And that is so not a big deal (I know, easy for me to say, but in the greater scheme of things you know?).

Hope you feel better soon...

kgirl said...

oh poor baby, and poor you!
that picture is heartwrenching. hope everything turns out fine.

Sandra said...

Oh the poor sweetie. That photo breaks my heart. Hope lulu and mama are fully recovered now.