Took Jared to get another tooth filled this afternoon. The kid has lots of cavities, caused in large part by his enlarged tonsils, his nightly snoring, and his general stuffiness.
And wouldn't you know it -- the dentist appointment couldn't just be uneventful. Right after the dentist gave Jared a shot of lidocaine, I noticed that Jared's skin was turning red and blotchy quickly before my eyes. I swear it reminded me of the scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Violet turns violet from the three-course gum.
His dentist and I both got a bit nervous. He sent his daughter/assistant out to the corner Eckerd to get some Benadryl and we quickly gave Jared a dose. By that time, the redness had begun to subside on its own anyway.
So now I'm REALLY REALLY doubtful that I'll ever have Jared's tonsils removed. Although I know they are the source of much discomfort and even the cavities, I am terrified that Jared might have a serious reaction to general anesthesia.
Last week, Jared began seeing my chiropractor. I would like to see if she can help get his body back in balance in a healthy non-invasive way. Basically, I would like to try whatever options I can, before I give into surgery and drugs. Because I now realize that surgery/drugs are not without risks. And I won't put my son through that unless there isn't any other way.