Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fingers crossed

Wednesday is a big day for Stinkerbell McBookeater. She is having some fairly major oral surgery to correct damage to her teeth that incurred from a fall at school a few years ago. She fractured her maxilla at that time and the fall pushed her two front teeth up into her jaw.

It was an awful, awful event, followed by a horrific oral surgery done in the hospital and attended by the worst anesthesiologist I've ever met in my life. When I told this doctor that benzodiazepenes made her nuts, he pooh-poohed me and went ahead and used Versed anyways. I know in my heart she was awake during nasal intubation and the wiring of her jaw. She came out of recovery screaming bloody murder and my heart broke for her that day. When that doctor made rounds past her bed after surgery, I accused him of being neglectful and told him he was to have nothing else to do with her care. I could see the guilt all over his face. Asshole. I told him that, too.

Six weeks later, when we went back for the removal of the wires, I told the staff that particular anesthesiologist was to have nothing to do with her care and if the staff did not promise to use propofol for sedation, I would leave and find another hospital that would. Those promises were made and kept, though the pin head anesthesiologist did try to interact once. I shamed him and shooed him away. Rachel came out of the O.R. that morning singing and happy. What an incredible difference!

So tomorrow morning, bright and early, she'll be getting some root canals, an extraction or two and a bridge. Her palate isn't right to do implants, so a bridge will have to do. By tomorrow afternoon, she should have a brand new smile.

Wish us well, but mostly her. It's bound to be a long, long day. Poor Stinkerbell.

16 comments:

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

oh my gosh how awful for her... all the best honey.

hugs, bee
xoxoxoxoox

Brenda said...

I will be thinking about all of you tomorrow. Hugs!

Rositta said...

Wishing the best for Stinkerbell and hopefully she won't be awake for any of it. A new smile will
Make it worthwhile...ciao

Miss 376 said...

Shall be thinking of you all and wish her all the best for the op and a very speedy recovery

Stephanie V said...

What a horrible experience for her - and for you. Hope she's singing and happy again before too long.

SkippyMom said...

I sometimes question the self importance of doctors who think that only their opinions matter. That story illustrates A LOT. [Wish I hadn't read it tho'. Ouch]

Best of luck to Rachel in her recovery.

Ruth said...

Hugs to you both and hope all goes well.Bloody doctors who think they know best! should be shot.

Barbara said...

Good luck with everything - hope she truly celebrates her lovely new smile. My youngest daugher went through exactly the same experience when we lived in Holland. Her two front teeth were just very deeply crossed at the roots and had to be removed and other teeth moved round. The scene I witnessed when I was allowed into the room (not allowed to stay) was like a barber/surgeon's bloody workshop from the 18th Century - my daughter was almost unconscious with pain, she and her clothes were covered in blood and they told me brutally and in front of her so I couldn't delay the news, that 'it hasn't worked - hopeless' . Would you believe that as I helped her out of the door, they smiled and gave her a new toothbrush?

Then back in Germany, she had the op again - at least they did it under general rather than local anaesthetic - but they couldn't achieve what they wanted and had to make a new plan. So she had the experience a third time. What pain and bravery went into my daughter's smile is unbelievable but she has it and it is beautiful and she uses it all the time.

Good luck to your daughter - in the end it's worth it.

Finding Pam said...

Rudee, I am so sorry for the pain your Rachel has been through. I can't imagine how horrible that was for you and her.

I'm keeping you both in my prayers for a successful surgery.

Denise said...

That's horrible. I'm surprised you didn't punch him.

Wishing you both well today. I hope things go smoothly.

Silliyak said...

Ouch! So sorry you all had to go through this.

The Bug said...

I'm sure she's well into the dental work by now - I hope it's going well!

I'm so glad she has you as an advocate for her.

Alice said...

Hope you have a Good Compassionate Oral Surgeon. Best of luck.

Sometimes Mama Bears need to use teeth and claws to get the idiots to quit poking their Cubs with sticks!

sapphireblue said...

I'm sorry she had that terrible experience! I hope everything goes very well for this coming up surgery.

NCmountainwoman said...

I do hope all goes well. I'll keep positive thoughts for a smooth procedure and a good outcome.

When my son was almost three he had a seizure and we went for an EEG. I told them firmly not to give him any antihistamines because he reacted strangely to them and would become confused and hyperactive. So what did they give him? A HUGE dose of benadryl!!! When I told the pediatric neurologist that I had informed the staff about his reaction to antihistamines he said, "Well to her credit that IS our standard sedation for children." Nope, we never went back.

BTW: We went to another pediatric neurologist who did tests and determined that my son had a vaso-vagal response to sudden injury and that they would stop when he was four. They did.

distracted by shiny objects said...

Late, but hoping all has gone well for you all and that yummy food has been ingested by Ms. Stinkerbell. Is solid food too much to wish for?? :>)