Rare Disease Day was this week and I did nothing here to commemorate it. I’m terrible with those things and don’t even know they are happening until the morning of, when inevitably someone will mention it in my twitter feed. The week before last was National Tubefeed Awareness week or “Tubey” Week but even though Liam has been tube fed his entire life, you wouldn’t have heard that from me because, like I already said, I’m terrible with those things.
Anyway, I’m falling back into that trap where blog posts need to encompass some grand idea or story and so I’m trying to head it off at the pass. Parenting Liam while exciting at times isn’t all big revelations and medical emergencies. Most of the time it’s just getting through the day to day like anybody else.
Liam handled it better than I did but in the end the dentist’s final words were “whatever you’re doing, just keep right on doing that because everything in there looks exactly as it should.” so, we’ll take it.
Due to Liam’s annual month-long hospital stays and other illnesses, then throw in a half year on blood thinners, and this was Liam’s first ever dental appointment. Thanks to prematurity, not eating food by mouth and breathing not by mouth but by ventilator (causes the gums to become more fibrous making it more difficult for teeth to break through) the delay was not a problem because Liam, in essence, still has the mouth of a two year old. Which is why at this very moment of 2:12AM instead of sleeping peacefully, he is fitfully tossing and turning in the pain of yet even more teething.
There isn’t enough Children’s Motrin in the state, the teething just doesn’t stop around here. Ever.
Might be time to switch to a bit of Whisky on the gums. . .
and time to try something new for Liam’s teething pain also.