So, tonight at dinner, Connie was standing on the back of the restaurant high chair and it tipped backward and cracked him in the mouth. It cut the little skin between his gums and upper lip. We were worried it wouldn't stop bleeding with him being on Coumadin. Luckily, it did stop bleeding and he didn't seem terribly upset about it or act like it was hurting him so we dismissed it. A couple hours later, it occurred to me that he had a cut in his mouth and there might be a risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream which might lead to endocarditis (infection in the heart). I know when he goes to the dentist, he'll have to take antibiotics ahead of time to prevent this and so I called the doctor to see if he needed to be put on something in this case. Dr. Bromberg said that studies actually show that the bacteria that enters the blood stream during dental procedures leaves the body within 45 minutes, which is why the drugs need to be on board ahead of time. So, by the time I called, any bacteria would have already left his body, meaning there is no need for an antibiotic AFTER a cut in the mouth. He jokingly said that the thing to do next time is to put him on antibiotics BEFORE he hurts himself (ha ha). We do keep it interesting though, huh??
Ella has been rescheduled for her double switch on Friday, July 31. Please plan to join us again in prayer.