Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, & Fish

James lost his second tooth last night! Excuse the messy mouth.


He's been feeling better and can eat more than just popsicles, even though he doesn't want to. He missed his pizza, though!

We brought the kiddos to the mall for pictures with the Easter Bunny. They were so comfortable. Neither were afraid or tried to get down.


Zac bought the kids a fish. They named him "Dark Vader"... not Darth Vader, apparently. I asked "Are you sure you don't mean 'Darth?'" and they insisted that "Dark" is correct. Okie dokie.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tonsillectomy

James had his tonsils removed today. He was so nervous when we first arrived at the hospital and felt embarrassed to wear the "girly dress" instead of his own clothes. He relaxed once the doctor said they'd put him to sleep before they started the IV so he wouldn't feel it. I had to leave him to go to work, but Zac said everything went quickly and smoothly. 


He woke up asking for me, but he came home and filled up on ice cream and popsicles. His voice is so different! He sounds so much younger and so clear! I'm so glad it's over with. He can run and play outside without me worrying about him being unable to breathe. I can even tickle him without him having breathing difficulty! He's asleep right now, but I've got to check on him every hour to make sure he's not bleeding or in pain. So far, so good. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tonsil News & Dental Rant

Zac's alarm didn't go off this morning, so he was late getting to class. He was let out early, so he came with me to bring James to the doctor. We talked with a surgeon and an anesthesiologist and both wondered why we hadn't scheduled this appointment sooner. Just by James' voice, the surgeon knew he needed his tonsils out ASAP. I explained to her that this was the second time we'd ever been to an ENT and we were turned down last time. She asked if he had ever been officially diagnosed with asthma (which he hadn't) because she said that it was allergies and not asthma causing his reactions. If something aggravates his allergies, his tonsils swell up in defense, which causes him to cough, which makes his tonsils swell up more, which means more coughing and a sore throat and  more swelling, etc.

We are going to stock up on popsicles and ice cream this week.

While we were in the waiting room, I was chewing my gum when I felt a crunch. Upon inspection, I found that one of my fillings in my molar shattered. Things like that make me queasy, so I called our clinic to make an appointment with the dentist for today. For the record, I'm never going to that dentist again. EVER.

The receptionist was incredibly rude. I stood next to the counter so I could check in. Woman #1 was in front of me. Receptionist helped Woman #1 and answered the phone. I stood there, waiting patiently. Receptionist calls Woman #2 to the counter to give her some paperwork. I continue to wait. Woman #3 walks in, stands behind me, and the receptionist asks her, "Can I help you with something?" So I stepped forward and answered, "Yes, I need to know if the dentist is available." She gave me an eye-roll and replied curtly, "No. They haven't returned from lunch. You'll have to wait." And wait I did... for 30 minutes. I was finally called to a back room where I sat in the examination chair. After another 30 minutes, a hygienist came in to ask me a few questions about why I was there, any allergies, etc. She performed an X-ray and left. Another 30 minutes pass and the dentist came in, asked the same questions, looked at the X-ray and left.


The dentist finally came back, mixed up some temporary filling-paste and applied it. So that was it? Apparently. During those aforementioned hours, I waited as the dentist performed two extractions on patients who came in after me. She managed to numb the WRONG side of a patient's face who was in the room across from mine. The patient only spoke Spanish, but her daughter was trying to translate. What I heard:

Daughter: You numbed the wrong side. She still feels pain on the left but she's numb on the right.
Dentist: No, I numbed the correct side.
Daughter: You didn't. She's still in pain on the left. You need to numb the left.
Dentist: No. I numbed her on the right because that is where the pain is according to her.

Ummmmm.... 

I paid and went home, then made an appointment with an actual dentist. I just can't believe it. Even the receptionist at the "good" dentist said my complaint wasn't the first she's heard about the clinic. Wow.

I just want my teeth to feel better.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Audubon Zoo 2012

James has been approved for a tonsillectomy! We see a surgeon on Tuesday to set up an appointment. I can't wait and I know he'll be feeling so much better. He's had some rough breathing issues this week. We had stayed with Jessie and Joey since they don't have pets, but James couldn't stop coughing all night. His tonsils were huge and he didn't sleep. It was pitiful.

This week has been a little busy, but fun. Zac and I went to Natalie's (Zac's friend from high school) for her son, Landon's, first birthday. We went to the mall and saw a glass display full of bunnies. The kids almost had a fit to touch them. One of the employees let me hold one so the kids could pet it. It was so soft!

We went to the zoo with Jessie and Joey, but Jessie had to get to work, so they couldn't stay long. The kids had fun, though. Leah has never been to the zoo and the last time we went with James, he was just turning one.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Micro-Post: Hibachi

We went out for hibachi and it was so good, I had to blog about it.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chalk

I cleaned off the back patio and bought the kids some chalk. They've been occupied for over an hour doodling colorful pictures.