Wednesday, October 04, 2006


I'm not meaning to continue the sullen trend of Laura and Sadie, but there seems to be something in the air. Perhaps as some kind of cosmic punishment for my family having a good time this last weekend, fate came down hard today.

My little guy Alex got two of his front teeth knocked out in an accident on the playground this morning. So, he and I spent all afternoon at the dentist. They are baby teeth and it doesn't look like the adult teeth beneath them got damaged. But, it just about killed me to see the sad little guy with guaze in his mouth and sad eyes when I showed up at school. He was quite the little trooper despite the fact that it took me an hour to get there. I was at a client in Fountain Hills when they called ... which is about as far away from his school as I could have been and still been in the Valley.

On top of that, they had to give him a shot in his mouth so that they could extract the teeth. I swear I would have switched places with him then and there if I could have. I can take any kind of pain or punishment that you heap on me, but I cannot stand to see my son in any kind of pain. The amount of bravery and guts in this little 5 year old exceeds anything that I have ever had. When I was holding his hand as they were working on him, I couldn't help but be transported back to when he was in the hospital after he was born early, with IV's in his head and strapped to a zillion machines. Sometimes it's hell being a parent.

(If you are gutsy, you can see a pre-extraction pic of Alex here. You've been warned.)


CyberKitten said...


A trooper indeed. Thankfully he'll get new ones.

Wouldn't it be great though - having teeth like sharks that continually renew themselves..... I wish!

dbackdad said...

Yeah, he'll be fine. I think Dad took it harder than him. (sigh)

Laura said...

YOW! at least they were baby teeth.

Crystal said...


You're poor boy, that looks really painful. But even with the bloody gory teeth he's still really cute!

I'm glad it looks like everything is going to be okay.

dbackdad said...

Thanks Crystal (and all of you). He's back and up and at 'em today. No worse for the wear. Kids are pretty incredible that way ... as you are surely aware.

Alex Grinning

Shawn said...


I'm glad the little dude is okay. I had the same thing happen in kindergarten or pre-school - tripped over a chair leg or some super-graceful thing like that. I knocked out a couple of baby teeth.

I think my parents were more freaked out than me too, although I'm sure I was pretty freaked out myself. Kids do bounce back better than the parents, that's for sure.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I hope all's well with your son.

It's always worse for the parent.

I know. My son played hockey. Need I say more?

My best wishes to your boy.

dbackdad said...

Thanks to all. Alex is great. All the relatives seem to like his cute gap-tooth grin.

And hockey ... ugh, don't get me started. Alex loves hockey but we haven't started him playing yet. I'm dreading the day. lol.

Sadie Lou said...

Poor little man. I feel your parental-pain.
I'm sure it's a memory he'll never, ever forget--you either. My 7 year old still talks about the time she went to the ER and had stitches.