Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chin Mis-hap

About 2 weeks ago, Penny was playing in the garage as I was fixing dinner. We have a pullup bar that Dad built in the garage for exercising that he has hung some rings from. He does exercises from the rings and the kids like to play on the rings. They are very careful playing on them and don't usually get too crazy.  We have a rug underneath the rings, but its really not THAT much padding.

Well, I'm sure you can see where this is going. Penny was playing on the rings only a foot off the ground. One leg through each ring and just slowly twirling and swinging just a little bit. She lost her balance and fell forward, I'm sure causing herself to also swing backwards at the same time. So her face hit the floor while it was swinging a little and drug on the ground a bit. She started crying like she was hurt, but not like she was hurt super super bad (you know the death scream you'll sometimes get when your kids think they might possibly be dying from pain). Dad picked her up and immediately had fear in his eyes. The first thing I noticed was she had carpet stuck between 3 of her top teeth meaning she scraped the carpet as she was drug backwards a bit. There was not a drop of blood but her bottom teeth looked like they had been pushed back.

Sean and I were seriously scared that she had broken her jaw. All I could imagine was her jaw being wired shut, feeding her through a straw and my sweet little girl having to have surgery to fix it.
Sean and I were both almost in tears.

She stopped crying after a few minutes but then said her chin felt really funny. I didn't know how to interpret this. Did that mean she broke it? It was swelling really fast underneath her chin. These first two pictures were taken 10 minutes after it happened (and after I flossed the carpet out of her teeth).

I immediately called our dentist (also a friend of ours) to ask him what we should do. I didn't want to rush to an Urgent Care because I've worked at an Urgent Care before and our doctors would have had limited experience with facial trauma (I know because depending on the provider at the time, I would be asked what x-rays  I would suggest to be taken). I just wasn't sure that we wouldn't get the runaround of ruling out this and that and spending hours in the UC or ER.

But, our dentist made a house call. He was on his way out to dinner with his wife for her birthday and he said he'd swing in. We started a movie for Penny so they could just chill while we waited. Michael was so relaxed too.

He came and determined that it didn't seem that there was any structural damage, that her teeth didn't even look like they were pushed back or moved at all. He said it was just really swollen and to have her take some IBU or Tylenol for pain and swelling if she needed it.

She perked up after the movie and ate dinner and seemed to be fine, just swollen and she said it felt weird.

This was what she looked like the next day. Her face just looked elongated and chubby but only chubby by the chin and around the bottom of her face.

It started to bruise a little under the chin a few days later but the inside of her mouth was totally black and purple between her bottom teeth and her lip. Only a little bruise the next day.

This picture was taken three days later. See how swollen her chin area is? It wasn't very purple yet at this point.

 This was 5 days later blowing bubbles. It had really started to bruise underneath her chin but the swelling seemed to be going down a little. It was really hard to the touch too and I thought about trying to get her some therapeutic ultrasounds but it seemed like the bruising was changing everyday so it seemed to be working its way out. She didn't want to do any heat or anything on it and that would have helped. It just looked awful!
 This was 1 week and 1 day later and it was really looking soooo much better when I took this picture.

It has completely healed now and there was no structural damage. Her teeth and chin are completely fine.
So, we felt so protected and blessed that it was only a swollen chin. Sean and I were extremely grateful that evening and though our hearts skipped a beat, we knelt in prayer that evening and thanked our Heavenly Father for only a bruised chin.

We're getting a 1 inch foam floor put in to a large area of our garage now as the kids play in the garage a lot (its our business area and we are out there a lot. We use our garage as an extra room to our house basically because that's how we roll).


Lisa said...

Oh my gosh Katie that is so scary! I can't imagine how that must have been for you guys. I could totally feel your fear as I was reading this. I hope she is okay.

Nikki said...

I'm finally getting caught up Katie. OH MY GOODNESS! Sweetie pie Penny! That is so sad. I'm so glad it wasn't worse.

howellblog said...

OW!! Poor girl! Glad she's ok...