This is a just a quick post to request some major prayer!
Oliver had a bad fall more than a week ago, and broke his two front teeth. The injury was so traumatic that he is scheduled for a root canal on both front teeth this coming Friday. They will have to sedate him and do the best they can to save the teeth. If the root canals are not successful, he will need to have both of his front teeth removed, leaving him toothless until his adult teeth come in years from now, potentially affecting his speech in the coming years.
It has been so hard watching him go through this pain and discomfort. After some looking around, we found an good dentist. But this was the first time I really felt “stuck” here in Uganda, knowing that we cannot leave to get him treatment outside of the country. And it made me think that if something worse happened to him over the next year or so, that we wouldn’t be able to leave to potentially get him the best treatment possible.
This was the first major incident with our child that we have experienced as parents, and it has been traumatic for us too. We didn’t think we would feel so much pain seeing this happen to our child. My dear friend put it so well: “Parenting is the scariest job. Part of your heart is walking around in the world, and it hurts so much when we can’t prevent every pain from reaching our kids!”
It’s been a rough start to 2019, to say the least. Our Christmas was wonderful and super special, but as soon as January hit, so was our family! I spent January 1st overnight in the hospital with serious food poisoning. Josh and Oliver came down with a bad flu. Then Oliver had his fall and Josh also had a dental emergency where he had a very painful tooth extraction done and is recovering from that. None of us have been “good” at the same time since January began.
Please pray for a break for us as a family.
Please pray for Oliver, that he’ll feel back to his old self soon. Please pray for him this Friday as he is sedated and the procedure is done. And please pray that ultimately his teeth can be saved!