She mentioned one day last week that her tooth hurt when she ate something cold. I didn't really pay much attention to it at the time, but after she said it felt like there was a hole in her tooth, we thought it might be a good idea to have her seen. (Because, you know, we're top notch parents who let our kiddo's blood sugars go crazy while her teeth rot out of her skull.) They couldn't get her an appointment for a few days, and she wasn't complaining, so waiting seemed okay at the time.
We had Sugar's endo visit last week.
Her A1c was up by a full half percent. At 7.5, it was still a decent, A1c...but a full half percent higher, nonetheless. I have no doubt that the past few weeks are the driving force behind the result. Instead of gaining weight, she actually lost a little. Weight loss = common side effect of high blood sugars. Blah.
I felt somewhat deflated, but (as always) our endo was quick to give positive feedback without placing blame. As if a bagpiper was in that little room with us, the "HIGH GLUCOSE" from the day before seemed to blare from the paper in her hand. All those circled numbers! It wasn't pretty...but I knew that going in. In the end, she asked for more continuous wear of Dexcom, and wants to see her in 2 months instead of the usual 3. I appreciate that she's a stickler for little details, and cares enough to follow Sugar so closely.
While we were at the office, Sugar began complaining about her tooth again. I mentioned it to Jay, and he took care of scheduling an appointment with a different dentist (LOVE THAT MAN!). We didn't want to go into the weekend if her tooth was going to cause a ruckus.
To pass some time, we decided to try out a new gluten-free pizza for lunch before her dentist appointment. OH MY! Naked Pizza did NOT disappoint! It was the best GF crust we've had yet! YUMMY!!!!! We'll be back FO SHO! We took our pizza and salad to a park and enjoyed some fresh air on a beautiful day.
And then it was time for the dentist.
They wanted to pull that baby tooth.
She was anxious.
I was anxious.
It took an hour to convince her that the Novocaine would be a good thing.
Now, Friends, I've seen a lot of stuff. I was an ER nurse and a labor nurse. I generally don't get queasy over this kind of thing...but I was NOT prepared for the experience of watching my baby having a tooth pulled. I'm not exactly sure WHAT I was expecting...but THAT wasn't it.
I've been concerned about teeth issues for awhile. I imagine you only get away with fast acting sugars to treat lows for so long, before there's a problem. It's been almost 6 years. Six years of testing and treating, including the middle of the night as needed. The dentist and I talked about my concerns, and her suggestion for nights was to use juice with a straw followed by a few sips of water. Sigh.
My suggestion is a cure.