Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Betcha can't guess what Henry is doing today....?

He is having dental surgery!

Last Tuesday - Aug 21 - we had a follow-up visit at the Lurie Children's dental clinic to get some heavy-duty fluoride on Henry's teeth to get us through his VEPTR procedure (scheduled for mid-September).

But the dentist found an infected tooth and abscess in his the gum above it that needed to be dealt with ASAP.

While Henry is under General Anesthesia.


And Yay.

BLECH because you might remember Henry is 1-1 on the anesthesia reaction scoreboard - 1 good experience and 1 bad (that landed us in the PICU for 9 days after a sedated CAT scan on Good Friday).

YAY because I have been trying to get Henry's declining dental situation taken care of for MONTHS, but kept getting "well let's do this procedure first" and "his dental issues are the LEAST of his problems"...

True, but...

infection is a BAD THING when you have such a big surgery like VEPTR rod implant coming up...

And it would kinda affect his whole quality of life should all his teeth rot out of his mouth...

So while dental surgery was not what we were planning for today (it is Tessa's first day of her "speech preschool")...

We are here and ready to go.

Surgery at 12:30.


  1. Thinking of you, Carla, and your wonderful family! Hugs from Marietta on your way :)

  2. Saying prayers for Henry and a painless (am much as can be expected) surgery for him. Poor guy has been through so much!

  3. Praying all goes well. Wow. general anesthesia for dental surgery? Hope he doesn't react!

  4. Good luck little cute Henry! Praying it goes well with no complications! ~Susan R. <><

  5. Praying for his dental surgery and also for the upcoming procedure. Hopefully they can take care of all/most of his dental needs now.

  6. I hope it's not like last time and he doesn't have any more trouble today! Get well soon, henry!