Doctor vs. Nurse
So Aidan did a face plant this weekend and knocked one tooth out and one tooth up. This all happened while I was at a speaking engagement so Garreth did the whole Emergency Department visit on his own. Here’s what we learned. We need a visible, ready to grab one page medical history for Aidan. I tend to be his walking medical record and I’m seldom away from him…but still.
Aidan has been a great little trooper. Lots of snuggling, very little complaining. He’s on a soft foods diet but I think we can manage that. He had his other tooth extrapolated yesterday in a most terrifying 5 seconds of his life. They gave him novocain and worked fast, but he hated being held down by Daddy.
So Garreth and I learned that we work really well together in a big crisis situation but not so much in the smaller stressful ones. How is that possible? Garreth is super super protective of Aidan. I tend to be the big picture thinker. This is how it went downhill. Since Aidan smelled like a vampire, I decided to gently and carefully brush some of his teeth away from his injury. Garreth couldn’t believe I’d done that and said, “I’m his nurse. I’m in charge of his care and you can’t do that.” Now, Garreth really has always been the better caregiver and is better at doing the medical things in our world. He really does want to be a nurse when he grows up. Needless to say, I bristled when I replied, “Well, I’m his doctor and I’m the boss of you and I’ll brush his teeth if I want to.” Can you hear how productive that was? Garreth’s oh so clever response was, ‘Well, we all know the nurses are left to take care of the doctor’s mistakes.” POW! At which point I
grabbed a cold beer and sulked in a hot tubby did something productive with my time.
We had a few more of those moments during our small medically stressful situation that any family could face. All of this was instantly resolved when he showed up at Aidan’s dentist appointment yesterday and whispered 4 words to me, “Same team, pinky swear.” And that is where are real strength lies, getting over our garbage quickly.