She laid there for a bit and then started crying, but it was a different sound. RJ ran to pick her up and I heard him say, "Great, she bit her lip. She's bleeding." I ran over to check and the paper towel he was holding was covered in blood. I freaked and grabbed her to look. It was pretty deep. I yell for an ice cube. Well, our ice machine has been broken for years, so why in the world would he have ANY ice in our house?!!! Then I yell for the little frozen plastic flower thing that goes in the lunch bags. Like a dodo, RJ says WHAT FLOWER?! The chef of the house all of a sudden has no idea what I'm talking about. Funny how when your in freak out panic mode, your brain shuts off.
Before I yell NEXT TO THE DAMN SEX WAX! Romel hands him the frozen teething ring that we had in the freezer for days like this. I make her suck on it to help with swelling. It instantly made her stop crying. I was still freaking out about the blood. Now that I saw that she was OK and rushing to the ER was not needed, the old school mom in me came out after the panic mode.
Me to Emily: SEE WHAT HAPPENED!? GOOD FOR YOU! NO LIKE LISTEN! I TOLD YOU LAY DOWN AND GO SLEEP. YOU LIKE RUN AROUND. NOW LOOK! SEE! GO RUN AROUND SOME MORE GO! HARD HEAD KID!
Shelby: Oh my god mom. You are SO MEAN! *walks to her room*
Romel: Really Shelby, YOU WAS DA SAME WAY when you were her age. No like listen! Your mom said lie down. She no listen.
Me: Yeah, but nothing beats RJ. Climbing on the fricken stove to get something after I said STOP CLIMBING and he falls off the stove and cuts his two buck teeth straight through his bottom lip. DAMN KIDS!
Thankfully, I have small vials of EVERY essential oil stashed away for emergencies. I google what's good for a split lip and I find melaleuca as the only recommended oil. It tastes NASTY and she's gonna hate this. I know there are more oils out there to help with healing. My biggest concern is infection, being the wound is in the mouth. Melaleuca for sure, but I heed oil advice from fellow essential oil users. Myrrh (the liquid bandage), frankincense (for healing), and lavender (more healing and calming). Thank God for facebook groups right? You get instant advice and not just from a "book". But from people who have their own true testimonials and experience.
After she's calmed down, I put some melaleuca on a qtip. I gotta get it on there first to kill any bacteria and prevent infection. Here goes nothing. Of course, she fusses, screams, and fights me but I gotta get that oil IN there to prevent infection. Like watching your kid take multiple shots at the doctor. I had to put on my big girl panties and fight her back because I refuse to deal with an infection and have to go to the doctor.
After the melaleuca, I let her simmer a bit and then I layer it with myrrh and frankincense. Again, nasty tasting oils. This time she has her eye on my qtip and fusses before I get it near her. I had to hide it behind a pillow. Rather than shove the qtip in her mouth to roll around, I put some on her straw with the hopes that with that rolling around, it'll help coat the inside of her mouth with oils and help with healing. She tasted her straw and made faces. Since she was being a face contortionist, I quickly swabbed the inside of her mouth. She again, freaked out and cried again. After about 3 minutes, she stopped.
I thought we were all good. Then she PUKED.
GREAT! Just great. I guess the flavors got to her and up it came. Now, we have to do another bath, clean up, and more laundry.
For those who feel I should've just ran to the doctor, if I felt the cut was severe, I would've handled it that way. I'm a mom of three. Every single one of my kids have suffered falls and busted lips. I know when I have to rush them to the ER. Unless you're a parent and have gone through this, please don't judge. If tomorrow, her lip is very swollen and doesn't look good, I will definitely take her in. But for now, she's fine and I now want to see just how long and how well, these essential oils work. I welcome you to follow along too!
She's finally sleeping but before she did, she let me take pictures of her mouth.
I'm not exploiting my kid in any way. The reason I'm taking pictures and sharing them here, is because I want to gauge how long it takes for this to heal MYSELF. The best way is to take pictures and let you watch along with me. I will be blogging updates on this. I know the oils work. But I still love to do my own little mini science projects with them with every new situation.
Warning: For the queasy, this may be graphic.