My Hello Kitty Alarm Clock
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Dental Visit and the Hello Kitty Alarm Clock
Our Munchkin cat, Wiggles.
My Hello Kitty Alarm Clock
The dental appointment went well. The dentist was pleased at how well Dear Son's teeth looked. His teeth looked great under the light, plus there wasn't any plaque near the gums and his gums were healthy. One concern we had was his gum overgrowth and the thickness of the roof of his mouth. It seemed to have gotten progressively worse since he was hospitalized with the swine flu. Dear Son hasn't been on Dilantin in years, which frequently causes gum overgrowth. He said that the gum overgrowth and thickness is somewhat typical of the seizure kids he sees (The dental office is for special needs patients.) and I don't have to worry.
While the outside of his teeth looked great, I was conerned because I have not been able to clean the tops and bottoms of Dear Son's teeth (where they meet) very well since he's had the swine flu. Once he got out of the hospital at the end of November, he had these thick mucous plugs that he would cough up. His scopolamine patch dried up secretions so it essentially dried up the mucous and he'd cough it up or it would dry right on the roof of his mouth. I had to go in there with a toothbrush and dislodge it off the roof of his mouth. As a result, he got very defensive and didn't want me to go in his mouth for regular tooth brushing so I have only been able to brush the outsides of his teeth and on occasion, the inner parts even though I try every day. The dentist was able to check his teeth and Dear Son didn't have any cavities but did have some plaque on the molars however he wasn't concerned. He said it was minimal and because Dear Son feeds via a g tube, it's highly unlikely he would get a cavity.
We also talked about Dear Son's risks for sedation. In 2008, we had his teeth cleaned and sealants put on under sedation however with Dear Son's current health issues, sedation presents two huge risks: respiratory depression and aspiration. In light of this, the dentist was able to clean Dear Son's teeth while we talked. Dear Son was quiet and sat back in his wheelchair while we talked. The good news is that we don't have to come back for a year and the teeth cleaning is done!
The next day, he went to school for "Fun Friday." Last Friday he cried on the bus and the CNA asked him what was wrong then told him he was going to have a fun day and he stopped crying. He's never cried going to school. So this Friday, I had a substitute nurse for the bus. I explained what happened last week and told her if he cried, she may have to tell him he was going to have a great day and things should be fine. We had a good laugh over that.
Dear Son did have a great day. For the first time since October, he was able to sit in a rocking chair at school (they secure him in there and have someone next to him) and push his feet to rock himself. He had lost his ability to move his feet and legs after the swine flu. This was a very good thing. They also had a little action at school; some senior high school student pushed the fire alarm so they had a false alarm. Dear Son thought it was pretty fun though, when they had to run through the halls pushing him in his wheelchair. He likes a little chaos.
My Hello Kitty Alarm Clock
On a different note, our cat is confused with Dear Son's school schedule. Dear Son goes to school two half days a week, on Tuesday and on Friday. Our cat however remembers the old school schedule. Back in October, I'd get up early to start Dear Son's g tube feeding then go back to bed for a few hours until it was time to get him ready for school. The cat knew the time and if I overslept, he would wake me up by standing near my face and meowing. Well, once the cat gets wind that Dear Son is going to school, he then assumes that Dear Son will go to school every day so he now wakes me up the following day, thinking it's a school day. So every Wednesday and every Saturday he starts meowing very early to let me know that it's time to get up for school. He starts by meowing, then runs around a bit, then comes back and meows some more. Then if I don't say anything, he stands in front of my face and meows loudly. When I open my eyes, he's like two inches from my face. Today, he kept meowing even though I told him Dear Son did not have school today. Finally, he bit me and ran away. Honestly, it's just too funny. It's great that he can tell time, lol, but now I need to teach him the days of the week.
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