Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Fever or fiction?

OK, so the title only has a half to do with the blog today, but I thought it was cute. I was, in fact, suffering from a fever last week. I know why, because I like to self diagnose. My temp was still under 100, so I rode out the storm. There are two bodily things that God blessed me with on this earth: a strong bladder, and an excellent immune system. OK, so there you have it.

More medical news: I am apparently a bad mother, and my childrens' teeth are rotting. We brush, yet we don't drink tap water. I have never had a cavity in my life, and I think hubby had his 1st one a few years ago. I do have mixed feelings about ingesting fluoride, since there are reports from various towns newspapers, and well, it's not all that documented on what it does to a body, just on teeth. I can't justify downing fluoride just to save my kids' teeth. I'd rather them die with rotten teeth than have them die early of cancer etc. etc.

OK, so issue number 2: do I go the route of filling cavities with the ever evil mercury? Well, according to the kids' dentist, there was no other viable option. I do sound a bit anti-establishment, but mercury, brain damage...why would I want to put that in my child's teeth? I was given the "Oh, we've been using it for years..." So that makes it OK? If I remember correctly from my education, in the history of the U.S. the medical field thought that washing one's hands was unnecessary. Yet, people kept dying of infection. If that were to have never been changed, we may not even be here today. Seriously folks, even if proof is readily available to the medical community about a certain drug/food etc. that is dangerous, it's the attitudes and the way "people have always done it" that is hard to change.

So, to make a long story even longer, we found an excellent dentist in...Omaha, NE. Yes, we have traveled 8 hours thus far to get my little guy taken care of. No, the dentist is not on our plan, but I don't care. He's the only one that uses non-mercury fillings. Not only does he not use them, he doesn't use gas. I found this out AFTER the procedure. And you know what? My son wanted to come back because he told the dentist that he loved him. (Tears welling up) My son is very loving, yes, but man, what did this dentist do? He's amazing. Toys helped. Him being a Christian helped. Everyone was so great there, I just wanted a big group hug.

Anyway, I wanted to post a home school item, but I don't have it readily available. So, I'll end with this. Oldest son comes up behind me and says: (hand gestures like he really put some thought into this) "So if you have the word crap and "e" then does that make crappee?"
Man, the things kids say. After stifling a laugh, I had to correct that crappy is a word, but it does not end with an "e", it just sounds like it. I'm afraid at what word is next!


Heather K. said...

Hmm. I don't know what our current dentist uses for fillings. I do know that he has told me that the kid's cavities don't need filled, because they are in baby teeth and will fall out soon. I have a childrens dentist horror story. Remind me sometime and I'll tell you about it.

Danelle said...

Our dentist uses ceramic fillings and local ana..... Dr. Margeas on 63rd Street. I don't know how they do with kids; our plan doesn't cover him but we go there anyway.

Too bad the little guy got cavities. Its no fun at all.

Mama Podkayne said...

Angie, I can't find your email anywhere.....at the garage sale you said you needed boys curtains? I have a pair that are bright blue and lime green plaid/ squares with a matching blue fish stuff dish. I'll bring them to the garage sale June 1st if you have any interest. I might even have a gallon of matching paint somewhere. :)