After all my worries yesterday and Heidi’s steadily climbing anxiety, we rocked up at Lucas Paediatric dentist in a bit of a mess. Heidi’s tummy hurt, she needed to go to the toilet 4 times in half an hour, the last time, just before we went in to the dentists room. Heidi locked in the toilet stall, telling me “my eyes are filling with tears” and insisting she had gastro and couldn’t possibly see the dentist.
Thankfully it turned out amazing. I’m simply going to cut and paste the entry from my facebook page:
“I just want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the team at Lucas Paediatric Dental Care in Bundoora. They saw Heidi today and it was amazing!
Heidi walked in crying from anxiety and she walked out smiling and laughing. Every step was explained in language she could understand, they understood and accepted her non verbal communication, it was calm, quiet and just miraculous.
Looks like Heidi wont need sedation and they are happy to take everything slowly and reassure Heidi and make sure each step is done with her understanding and consent.
Heidi happily played dentist on the drive home, (apparently Mr Creeper and Sponge Bob both need to learn how to floss) and is looking forward to her next visit to Lucas Dental :)”
The dentist spoke to Heidi and concentrated on Heidi during our visit. It wasn’t till last few minutes she addressed me and that was to apologise for not talking to me. I just wanted to hug her, because Heidi IS the patient, Heidi IS the person she should be talking to and Heidi IS the one who needs to understand and consent to what is being done to her body. As a minor, I, her parent, still have to agree also to those things being done, but it is so important that Heidi does too.
So yes, it went well we are all really relieved.
Heidi donned her mask and gloves and checked all our mouths with her dental mirror last night and is taking the dentists request to wait two hours between eating very seriously (Time Timer app on the ipad has been a great help).
In other news, we’ve transferred our pea, silverbeet (chard) and lettuce seedlings in to pots and they seem to be thriving. I’ve got to find a good spot for the beetroot still. I’ve pulled out one of the agapanthus plants (they are an environmental weed) in the front yard and popped onions in its spot. Hoping the companion planting of onions and roses will reduce pests as google suggested. I might put the beetroot in another agapanthus spot and see how we go. Front yard certainly gets the best sunlight for veggie growing.
We got our first delivery of “Who gives a crap” toilet paper. Toilet paper that helps builds toilets! I will report back on quality, because as fellow Crohns sufferers will know, quality toilet paper is essential.
Being stressed about the dentist yesterday had some pleasant results, we’ve now got three family meal servings of stew in the freezer, two weeks worth of curry for husbands lunch and enough ABC muffins to last the whole term.
Today is a rest at home day, so I’ve been attempting to tackled the mould in our bathroom, mowing the lawn and catching up on housework. Busy weekend ahead for us