Today at school Miles and another boy were playing on the playground and he smashed his right front tooth on the head of another boy. I got a call from the school and they wanted us to pick him up and take him to see a doctor. Stac wasn’t feeling well so I left work to pick him up at school.
Attempting to get to his school brought up some of the frustrations of getting around in Beijing. I had a print out of a map and address from BCIS’s website, but it was super teeny. Too small to really see. The first taxi couldn’t even read it and was really bothered to have the trouble of trying to take a foreigner to a place he couldn’t find. I tried calling the school’s reception on the phone and having her explain to him how to get there, but the line was busy and they didn’t answer. I apologized and got out of the cab. I walked out to the street to get another cab. I got in and kept trying to call the school to no avail. Finally I called our translator guy, Robert to explain to the Taxi driver how to get there. Even though I had the address and could pull up the location on maps using the iPhone and the GPS. My Chinese is still just rusty enough to not be able to tell him how to get there (need to work on that!). And showing the taxi driver the map on the iPhone rarely works. Most of them have very little geo-spatial sensibility of maps and how to relate their physical perception of Beijing to a two dimensional representation. Even though the map is in Chinese, with street names being labeled with the Chinese characters, I’ve had several Taxi drivers tell me “kan bu dong”, I can’t visually understand it. Robert explained how to get there and off we went.
I picked Miles up and his mouth and it was bleeding quite a bit. I signed him out and we went out front to wait for Mr. Wang (our driver) who Robert had called to pick us up. I called the Vista Clinic and made him an appointment for 12:30. We made it around 12:25. The Dr.Zhang Hui, examined the tooth and it was dislocated, pulled it from its socket by around 4 millimeters. She took an X-ray to see if the roots were cracked at all. They weren’t so she said what they would do is give him a shot for pain, and then push the tooth back up into the socket. They would then secure the dislocated tooth to the two adjacent teeth to hold it up. She did this by stopping the bleeding, cleaning his two adjacent teeth and building up some small dental blobs and attached wires to them. Finally she attached a wire and blob to the dislocated tooth and pushed it up with the cement dried.
He can’t chew on it, and must eat small cut up pieces on his back teeth. She wants us to see him back in a couple of weeks. She noted that there was a 20% chance the tooth will retake, but more than likely we’d need to do a root canal. Have to wait and see.