Thursday, October 23, 2008

Well that was ugly.

So yesterday we were at our friends Alita and Michael's (see, you get a shout out here) for a late lunch. Or was it more like a linner? Lupper? Whatever. It was yummy. Tomato Feta Salad. Orzo with Pesto and Mushrooms. Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes. Caramelized Onion/Thyme Pizza. Oh and some Wacky Mac and Fish Sticks for the kidlets.

So I'm sitting in the kitchen reading the paper as Alita is washing dishes, looking forward to my Coconut Cupcake and cup of tea for dessert, when I get the dreaded call from Benjie:

"Sara, can you come here for a minute?"

That can only mean one thing:

The D Man has yet again managed to mangle himself in some way.

Sure enough. He somehow fell down one or two steps in the basement and managed to whack his face onto something (floor? step? it's anyone's guess).

Then the inside of his cheek got stuck to his braces bracket. And since he doesn't feel any pain, he merely ripped his cheek off the brace. Leaving a CRATER in the inside of his mouth. It's seriously nasty. It's about the size of my pinky nail and about as deep. It was bleeding. His cheek was swelling. Images of the ER and stitches began dancing in my head.

But it was a holiday. Now now, don't get all upset. OF COURSE we'd take him to the ER on a holiday. If he needed it. Which we weren't sure if he did. I mean-it was nasty. But was it that nasty?

Situations such as this call for strolls to the local resident Pediatricians/ER Doctors who live nearby. Some of them even keep suture kits at home for just these events. For example when my sister in law got her finger stuck. in. her. immersion. blender. blade. ten minutes before candle lighting. yes. it was that bad. It was hand over the head, feeling the blood pulse out bad. Her next door neighbor the ER doctor stitched it right up.

So we dumped D in his wheelchair and strolled down the street to said ER Doctor. He looked in Dovi's mouth. Declared it a "dirty wound". Did you know that human mouths have more bacteria than dog mouths? How is that? I was mighty disgusted by that. But since it was in his inner cheek, and it wasn't like he had a hole in his mouth, he told us to swipe him with a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide, half water a few times per day, and it would heal quickly.

First he wanted us to have him gargle four times per day. I'd like to remind you all of Dovi's issues with liquid in the mouth. So we settled on swiping.

Anyway, we went to the dentist this morning (who needs to work, anyway?) Dr. Bob said it's nasty but no need to do anything further. It should heal in a week or so. But knowing our luck it'll get infected and require IV antibiotics.

That's it in Dov-land. Over and out.


Miriam said...

Never a dull moment! Hope it heals nicely though!

rickismom said...
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rickismom said...

Well, it sounds like you had a wozzy of a day!

Shosh said...

so hows it healing?