My daughter had a tooth ache on May Day. This is the first time this has ever occurred within our family whereby one of the children has a tooth ache – what to do?.
Because it was a public holiday I had to explore the options available; ascertain the severity of her pain and reach a decision as to what I was prepared to put up with for the day – or; be patient with. I chose; under the conditions to let things be as they were; suffer the experience of sharp shooting pain – add some momentum to the continuum of care that “me” as a parent does everyday. Have you brushed your teeth love!
That night I knew that considering the events of the day panned out to be bothersome for my daughter and at times excruciating that I would have to negotiate some plan the next day for action. Sitting with her in my arms reading to her I contemplated my next move – tomorrow … I had a commitment for a 3 hour period first up - I knew I could make a few phone calls to see what my options were considering “Emergency Dentistry” – I knew succinctly that if I called my Dentist my daughter would get seen within the time frame that negotiated fairness to both my commitments, those of my dentist bearing in mind – my little girl; in pain. This option would cost me money as opposed to time; because at the time I didn’t have the time to spare!.
The other option that I knew to explore was the School Dentist at our School. The funny thing is that when my eldest daughter was at primary school in Grade 1 – (7 years ago) her dental care in the public system was so fairly managed -& I guess because I was unwell during that period I was unaware of the ‘public system’ taking such good care of my daughter’s “dental checkups” in this aspect.
The Dentist appeared to be staffed next to the school. Now this is no longer true. My youngest daughter received a check-up in pre-school and her teeth were fine. They get cleaned 2 times a day and I am fairly observant in giving her a vital balance of nutritious food that is extremely light in the sugar department!. So I figured that check-ups performed through this the “public system” would not stress me financially and I wouldn’t have to struggle knowing that if I did what “they” suggested then all would be good.
I was given a 1300 number to contact. I phoned them – in emergency. I tried calling a couple of times with the call going to answer machine. This told me; they are; either 1. really busy; 2. understaffed or 3. not there yet. Alongwith the other things I had to align with within my day; I had to make a quick decision now. So, I figured that taking the pain away from my daughter would allow her not to miss any school; and to be confident enough at school to know that; 1. physical pain can be sorted out and 2. you can make decisions about things that happen in life – and lets face it; I didn’t want my daughter sitting in class in pain because nothing gets done when pain is surrendered too. I had to teach her that you feel pain; and through the pain you explore options that make you stronger to take care of the pain. Oh! What a pain … not really!!!
So; I took her to my Dentist. It cost $200. My dentist is wonderful and I trust her with all my dental work (and I have history!!!). But $200! Wow … heady stuff for a child. But that isn’t my concern.
Now knowing this information means lots of things to so many different people. I see children at school with rotten looking teeth; is it because of education that they are like this? Or is because of lack of observation from the aspect of social care?. Would they rather take money from the Health system and create confusing methods to deal with the future? I am talking about the social care of families raising children who face difficulty and challenges which brings about behavioural aspects with characters that don’t necessarily support the wellbeing of an infant – let alone a child. The adult tries to cope and the child knows no different. He copes under pressure of a stressed parent. Why? He (the child only learns suppression).
As parents of children I think we need to take more care in the role of what the Health system has done for us and can do for us. If we support them I think they can support us and our families. If we complain about the “stress in the system” are they going to depress us and say No?
Make more resources be available for the state schools so they can help prevent a rotten future for our kids mouths! It will only depress their minds! Encourage and support them learn and grow by supporting their primary needs at State Schools.
If we used our mental capacities rather than be limited by them what could we achieve? a reason to Smile?
We are the consumers of a system; I don’t complain I have My Say – isn’t that Okay!
What do YOU think? would you rather work hard every day and make the money to pay for private care or; lobby for something to be done about it?
Am I the only one that thinks this way?
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