No Quitting Now!

Thursday was the big day for Aaron, and probably even bigger for me.  Aaron had a tooth pulled and an implant done.  It seemed like such an awful procedure, and I never know how Aaron will react or be affected by these sorts of things.  I just dreaded it so much, but I could not let him know that.

We delivered Meals On Wheels that morning, and got to eat lunch out like always.  He chowed down on his favorite personal pizza at Old Chicago.  The last meal, I thought…HaHa!  OK, in hindsight I know I was being more than a bit dramatic but really, I was nervous for him.

I wasn’t allowed to go back with him, which surprised me, so I sat in the waiting room and prayed as I watched amazing house transformations on the television.  But soon one of the assistants came out to get me.  She told me that Aaron was fine but that he was getting anxious.

I walked in the room and heard Aaron being very vocal about how he did not like what was happening.  I patted his arm and assured him that everything was fine as the oral surgeon worked to remove the tooth.  I sat in a nearby chair and was honestly glad that one of the assistants blocked my view of Aaron’s mouth.

“OW!!” Aaron kept saying.  That was followed by lots of grunts and groans.  The surgeon was so good with Aaron as he assured him that soon he would be finished.  And the sound effects from Aaron continued.  Talk about drama!

Finally Aaron, his mouth full of the block and the instruments, said something.  Of course, it was hard to understand.

“Well, Aaron,” said one of the techs.  “You feel like cursing?”

That’s sure what it sounded like he said.

And honestly, I couldn’t blame him.

But Aaron came forward, pulled out the block, and said, “NO!  I feel like QUITTING!”   😊  😊

I imagine each of them felt just the same as Aaron!

We all made it through, especially Aaron.  I’m thankful that the implant could be done right after the extraction, and that Aaron had good bone structure for that.  I’m praying that he will tolerate the remaining procedures with far less drama.

It’s interesting to see what bothers Aaron as he processes what he has experienced. 

“Dad?” he asked, “they took a lot of money away from Mom when we got there.  Are we gonna be poor?” 

And when he took a nap, he was afraid that the implant would fall out when he was lying down. 

Aaron needs lots of explanations and assurances about new events like this.  He observes everything but he doesn’t understand everything like we do. 

As we watched a show that night, and he ate some applesauce, He declared that he was getting tired of this implant.  But it cheered him up the next day to get a large order of soft French fries and a mocha frappe. 

He really is doing very well, although sometimes it’s hard to know what his pain level is. 

“Aaron,” I asked later that first night, “how is your pain?”

“It still hurts a little,” he answered.

“So, it’s not terrible then?” I asked.

“Well, it is kind of terrible,” he replied.

Who knows?!

What I do know is that he was VERY happy to go to Wal-Mart with me and to spend his birthday gift card from Aunt Sandra on a Nintendo fishing game.

And I do know that all of the love and prayers from so many have made a huge difference, not only for Aaron but for Mom as well.

Thank you so much for that blessing!

Now I must run because Aaron has already planned on a Dillon’s potato salad for lunch, and who knows what else?!

No quitting now, for sure!  😊

Author: Patty hesaidwhatks

I'm Patty and I write about our adult son who has Epilepsy and Autism, who still lives with my husband and me, and who is a package full of many surprises and joys and challenges and TALK! Lots of talking, which creates laughter and some other reactions as well. I also write about how God shows Himself to me in everyday life.

21 thoughts on “No Quitting Now!”

  1. Ha your Aaron is braver than I. I had a wisdom tooth extracted this week and I needed the full knock out for them to proceed. (The dentist’s recommendation) After three days it’s still pretty swollen and I am learning to enjoy Ramon noodles with apple sauce and smoothies. I can’t wait for my first pot roast!! Tell Aaron He’s a champ!!

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  2. Aaron is a champion. Dental procedures are never fun. It is good that your being with him, made him less anxious. In the name of Jesus may Aaron heal quickly with no complications or seizures. May God’s peace that passes all understanding, guard your heart and mind, Patty,, through Christ Jesus. ❤️❤️❤️😊🤗

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  3. No quitting now, dear Patty. Thank you for describing life “Aaron style.” Sometimes we over complicate things, whereas Aaron thinks of things in simpler terms. Maybe we should be more like Aaron and be sure we don’t quit! Hang in there, my friend. God is with you all!

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  4. So glad Aaron made it through the dental procedures!! Praise the LORD for tenderly caring for you both through this. (PS: I have had an implant so I know that quitting feeling and also that pocketbook pinch. To be candid, not sure which hurt the most! In your situation, I guess you could say there was dental pain for both of you!)

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  5. I agree with Aaron dental procedures make me feel like quitting too. Hopefully, Aaron has recovered, and his mouth is healing. I am saying prayers for him for healing and comfort. 🌺

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      1. Smiles. It’s fine. It’s been for a long time. But I still remember the feeling afterward when I did. But it’s all good now.
        No, I didn’t get implants. It happened a long time ago and it got to grow back thankfully.
        Yes I am, ma’am. 🤗
        Hope you are as well?
        Greetings to the family. 🤗

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  6. ❤️❤️❤️Sweet Aaron!! I always love reading his words! Thanks for sharing these experiences Patty, feels like we’re right there with you! And so many good lessons can be learned!
    Sometimes quitting seems easier but God’s already won and gone before us, so we might as well follow His great lead!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. I love what you said about following God’s great lead in the area of not giving up. Aaron hasn’t liked his diet requirements, especially the last few days. Last night I was so tired and frustrated that I sat down and read some Psalms after Aaron was in bed. Autism and restrictions do not jive! Today is a new day with new mercies for me and for Aaron. 🥰🥰


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