Extraction day: three recalcitrant baby teeth. Necessary for begin orthodontia.
Drive oral surgeon office, count Bubs’s doctors 2014. It a lot. Oral surgeon = #8.
Tan, coiffed. Many diabetes questions. Including: What kind of pump do you use? This not seem tooth-relevant, so of course Bigfoot think oral surgeon must be PWT1D too, about to lift up scrubs top, reveal Pod or Ping or similar. So over-eager Bigfoot ask, “Are you asking because you have type 1 diabetes too?”
Tan, coiffed oral surgeon scoff, Me? No. No. I do not have diabetes.
BIGFOOT: I just thought you might since you had so many questions about—
T,COS: Diabetes can cause problems with healing, and we see a lot of kids here with diabetes. If he is well controlled he won’t need an antibiotic…
(Suddenly Bigfoot become aware chip on shoulder.)
T,COS: So, Bubs, do you have the kind of pump that tells you your blood sugar, or do you still prick your fingers?
BUBS: (Mouth full of cotton & surgical assistant fingers) Hrm hrm HRM-mm
T,COS: Still prick your fingers? That should be okay
Happy report this point, despite weight of shoulder chip, Bigfoot realize T,COS opinion B’s d-management irrelevant. Refrain launch enlightening schpiel re I am The Ultimate Fantastic Person with The Most Best Everything and You Have no Idea. Because remember recent lesson of attempt correct Dr. Do You Dip His Urine & wind up arrogant asshole in story. Let it go. Let it go. It fine if T,COS write in chart, “Child does not have access to modern diabetes tools,” or “Mother seems to have not heard of pump which eliminates finger sticks.” Let it go.
During procedure, Bigfoot watch Dexcom. Maybe BG up because fear of giant novocaine syringe? No. Line graph droopy. Should have turned basal down. Too late now: surgeon wield pliers, assistant continuously apply Vaseline w. elongated Q-tip. And then done.
Rx post extraction = ice cream, Advil, rest, change cotton wads in mouth every 20 minutes until no more deep red/globby blood. Bravery prize = large deck Magic cards. Ice cream flavor: Hazed and Confused. (Link bc wish recommend.)
Moral of story:
The less related to diabetes a medical procedure is, the more annoying the practitioner’s diabetes ideas will be.
Shut up whenever possible.
Turn down basal before procedures that may render the mouth non-functional.