The last 2 weeks have been crazy. Final exams are on. So everything else is adjusted around! I find myself forever multitasking. Work. Home. Study revision. Packing for the summer vacation. Winding down the house. In between finding time to go to the parlour and hairdresser. Grrrrr. Everything just gets on my nerves.
On Monday when my childoo came back from school, she had a long face. I was frightened a bit - it was her Math exam that day. Exam was fine, she declared. But her tooth wasn't. One of her molars that was shaking was paining. I didn't think much about it and gave her some paracetamol.
After lunch she comes to me and quietly says, "Mom... I think I have a cavity and that's why my tooth is hurting like anything." She brought her handy mirror along and it did look a tad blackish. So I told my hubby to take her to the dental college nearby, which has an amazing pediatric dentistry ward. The HOD is superb with kids and my childoo has been there before. I knew she needed an extraction as the pain was distracting her. And it was a milk tooth.
"But won't you come along, Mom?, she asked in wonder (coz i ALWAYS go!). I looked at the clock and told her that i was in the middle of work and even if i dropped everything and got ready to go we might miss the doctor. She nodded her head slowly and tears started rolling down her cheeks. She hates the idea of going to the dentist (because of the american shows she watches on tv!). I gave her the patient file and a napkin and told her to be brave. She knows the drill (pun unintended).
I felt bad but I knew she'd be more brave without me. Also they don't let parents into the extraction room :)
She was back in 30 mins! All brave and one molar less :) She described how she had stopped crying when she reached the ward. And since she was an old patient, she was ushered in real fast! A cavity had just started forming but because the molar was already shaking and troubling her he took it out in no time! She also told me how she didn't scream when she was injected with the numbing fluid (local anesthesia).
I was so proud of her. I keep trying to make her strong coz i know she has a low threshold of pain. She was so brave that day that I told myself I need to stop being so hard on her to toughen her!
In between her studies we take UNO breaks. This is her exclaiming when I won 2/3 games of UNO.
Our kids will grow up just fine, if only we give them little little chances. As parents, we need to take that leap of faith more often....
Did your childoo surprise you with something he/she did recently? Do share! And don't forget to tag me...