Finley's Tooth

By Alison May 4, 2011 8 Comments 1 Min Read

Here’s Finn. He’s trying to show you the abscess that is making him sad. The abscess under the tooth that has split: the one the dentist told me he wouldn’t attempt to remove without referring him to a cleverer dentist first (I’m not sure?) who will then put my bubba to sleep and remove the naughty tooth in hospital.
Those meercats were lying. Nothing is ever “simples”. Not when it comes to Finn.
Because what should be a simple matter has turned into an orgy of four sleepless nights fuelled by the kind of hunger campaign a child who already has zero interest in food, is forced into when anything other than scrambly egg and Heinz Tomato soup make him shed big fat sorry tears.
So here I am. Wearing my nurses hat again. Spooning penicillin into him and hoping that the dentist is right: that three years of a mysterious case of swollen glands and “fatface” were not a case of perpetual mumps but were in fact down to this. And that yes indeed, a child diagnosed with Celiacs disease at a very early age will be prone to teeth problems, the kind that need a good Dentist in Little Falls to be on top of, let alone the sensory issues and central nervous system damage I have long suspected are all part and parcel of the same thing.
The poor little mite. Still he’s rallying. He’s probably got banana smoothies and hot chocolate pulsing through his veins by now. He’s watching one Doctor who episode after another, and he has of course got his dear Mummy on toast so eager am I to offset the misery of toothache with all manner of shenanigans and sick-room themed puttery treats
Fingers crossed he gets better soon. We could both use some sleep!


  1. Leslie Anne says:

    Oh, God bless both your hearts! How unfair life is! But I must say, you'll have to tell Finley "NO, NO, NO!!!" I can see by your photo that he is growing up and he must stop! Right Now! You'll have to make him stop!
    Psheww! Glad I got that out! I was just so surprised when I saw that photo! I don't think there's anything wrong with the eggs and soup for a few days when feeling so under the weather! If he'll eat it, I say go for it!
    So they think the abcess has been there for 3 years, causing all these other problems? It will be great if it's proven out to be true! I hope he's feeling better soon – so you can both get some sleep.

  2. Gena says:

    Ahh! bless his little heart! an abscess is the most horrendously painful thing for anyone let alone a little one,I do hope he is better soon and Mummy gets some sleep too xx

  3. Cynthia says:

    Praying Finley will feel better soon and that you all will get some rest. Poor little guy! Nothing worse than having a little one who isn't feeling well.

  4. Sasha says:

    Oh my goodness, poor Finley! (and poor you). Abscesses are indeed the most painful thing EVER (and I say that having given birth AND had both tooth and gum abscesses!). I hope the antibiotics kick in very soon, and that you both get to rest and recoup. Blowing virtual kisses to you both xxx

  5. Katherine says:

    Poor little guy–how painful! I hope he recovers soon!!

  6. betts says:

    Hope the tooth is better by now…poor both of you!

  7. Dentist Edmonton says:

    Sorry to hear about that. I hope that one will get better soon! I almost remember how I got that ridiculous feeling but with my help of my mom, I got better. You can try to let Fin gargle a glass of water and salt to at least ease the pain. I believe to prevent Celiacs disease, Vit. D and calcium is needed.

    1. brocantehome says:

      Thank you so much for your input, we are now on our second course of anti-biotics and I will try the saltwater and get him on a calcium supplement. Many thanks!

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