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Friday, January 28, 2011

Mommy must read: I Mommy #Failed

I sent my son in alone, how could I have done it? I'm angry with myself. I keep thinking of the panic fear look on his face when he came out of the dentist. Not to mention face red and streaming tears. I wish I had a rewind button.

It started out great, x-ray, cleaning, and a exam. Curious George held in his arm and then George got an exam too. My son took pictures and flirted with the nurses. He need fillings and caps, due to his of excessive thirst and carrying juice around all the time. 2 options available: do it in the office or go to the hospital under anesthesia. Well I don't want to knock him out, more risks involved and they could even work him in to save a trip (80miles there).

They offer private rooms or he could go in with public area. I was not allowed in public area and it would take time to get a private room. We talked and to my understanding if it got bad they would come get me. I signed a form they could restrain him with a blanket (basically straight jacket suit) for their protection and his.

He leaves me leading the nurse and happy as could be. I told him it would be ok they would help him. 3 years he has never been away from me, no babysitter or family members have kept him. He was alone with strangers and things went sour fast. He fought, cried, panicked, had fear, was scared, and where was his mom. I was in a waiting room with other moms following the heard and oblivious to my sons emotional turmoil. Yes, he was restrained, his mouth held open, and in his mind where is my mommy *I'm alone & these people are hurting me.*

The first thing the nurse said "you have a fighter." My son gripping me in panic and bewilderment, he was practically in shock and crying. His hair was dripping wet with sweat and shoes in him arms. As the receptionist was trying to write another appointment he was leading me out the door. We got out to the steps and I was putting his shoes on him. He was crying they hurt me, they hurt me, and I needed you momma.

He let me know what hurt the most was "I was not there." So I know, I Mommy #Failed. In the car still upset, I pulled us into Chucky Cheese. Our first time ever at Chucky Cheese, the tears stopped. I'll tell more later about Chucky Cheese, but I want to stick to the dental experience. You can see in the picture below how sweaty he was 20 minutes after the dentist.

Own the way home he napped and then when he would talk about it he would cry, still his main fear was mommy wasn't there and that was when he would cry and tear up. He said it hurt, I ask did you tell them? No momma, I couldn't there was something holding my mouth open and could not hold my hand up cause they tied me up.

Last night he said I don't like bullets in my mouth. He figures they shot him and still you wasn't there momma was the last words he said as he drifted to sleep. I'm very upset with myself and he will not go in alone again for anything. Just seeing my face with him would have helped with some of that fear.


Anonymous said...

Awww so difficult and I understand how you felt. WIth everything that Zoe is going through and having to leave her in the hospital while they do her procedures, it just kills me. Big hugs mama and I hope he is feeling better.

Unknown said...

Oh you poor things! I hate sending my girls alone back to the dentist area. It goes against everything I know as a mother, but somehow I give in. I'm in the process of searching for a new dentist - one that allows me to stay with my girls and that doesn't stretch me for every dollar they can.
This is not a mom fail. this is a mom experience and I don't think you failed at all :)


EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

Omgsh I almost cried when I read this. I don't think this is at all a mommy fail, it's definitely a dentist fail. Why wouldn't they come get you if he started crying? I would be furious and not go back to that dentist. Even if my kid was 8, if they started crying I would still want them to come get me and let me try to calm the kid down before proceeding. At 3? that's just horrible.

Unknown said...

My kids dentist actually discourages parents going in with the children. I would imagine because the kids milk the fact that Momma is there and expect that you will "save them" (these are my words, not my Dentists. My kids cry about a LOT more when I am around versus when I am not)

Although, my Dentists are very patient and kind to the kids and do not tie them down. When they are upset they give them toys and wait until they are calm. They also never mention the words "needle" or "shot" because those words generally scare all Children... they simply say "We are going to give you a little pinch". I'm shocked that they would do that with a 3 year old!

I went the anesthesia at the hospital route with my daughter because she needed so much work done. I wish they would let ME do that because I need a lot done myself and my teeth are so sensitive that even a regular cleaning is painful but my insurance doesn't cover it unless it is needed :(

manda said...

i was almost in tears reading this. i've had over a dozen teeth pulled, filled, rooted, etc and i know it can be seriously painful if that numbing stuff doesn't work correctly. how could they tie them down without a way to say they are hurting. Gah! that poor child. this is not your fault, this is definitely the dentists fault. i implore you to find someone that cares.

that is just awful. :( poor baby, poor mommy.

Charlotte | Life's a Charm! said...

i feel awful reading about his distress. there must be a better way other than to fasten him down...
is it a kid's dentist? maybe they have very minimal experiences with kids and did not anticipate your kid's reaction.

Gem said...

My boys' dentist allows us to go in w/them and they're still little enough to sit on us.

There are some dentists here though that REQUIRE the parents to stay outside to get the kid "used to" the dentist.