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We were at Rasa Sentosa having a meal at the coffeeshop. Aidan was his usual hyper self, grabbing our cutleries and insisting on getting down the chair.I got really frustrated and told him off. Then our food came and the boy finally sat still and tucked into his meal. A while later, this elderly ang-po couple who was sitting just a few tables from us walked by and stopped next to us. They beamed at the boy and said to us "We couldn't help but notice your boy from our table. You've got a really cute boy there! And he's so well behaved!" Both hub and I were quite taken aback because we were just discussing about how unmanageable Aidan was becoming. We could only offer them a lame thank you. On cue, Aidan smiled at them brilliantly and waved to them with his fork still in his hand...

I guess sometimes, we can be overly-critical of our own kids. Or maybe as parents, we tend to have higher expectations. Or it could be just me..sometimes, I do feel quite conscious about how others may view my kid. I don't want people to think that I've spoilt and indulged him too much, just because he's our only child. But the boy does exceed our expectations more often than not. His affable and easy-going nature really makes him quite endearing that it's tough to be mad at him..

It was Aidan's 2nd visit to the dentist. The previous time, all Dr Kwok did was to peer into his mouth, examine his teeth to check for cavities and that's it! This time round, we wanted to let him get the full works - cleaning and polishing! Again, we weren't sure how he would behave. Had him observe his dad having his teeth checked by Dr Kwok first..Told hub to look as happy as he possibly could :P

Dr Kwok has been hubby's dentist since he was a kid and even though he's quite elderly now, he's still hasn't lost his touch and is great with kids. He had Elvis Presley playing on his CD player and Aidan and I were jiving and singing along merrily to the music . Heh.. Dr Kwok was surprised that I knew the lyrics to most of the songs even though Elvis was way before my era. When it was Aidan's turn, the boy quickly hopped right onto the chair and unlike the last time, he was totally at ease and showed no signs of anxiety. Dr Kwok used the "tell-show-do"technique where he would inform Aidan what he is planning to do, show him the tools that he will be using, allowing him to touch the equipments and then perform the task. I think it's a great way to make the kids feel comfortable..

"Above average! Well done!" declared Dr Kwok after he was finished with Aidan's teeth. The boy was happy when he heard that and promised to continue brushing his teeth dilligently. Atta boy! :)

The boy giving me the thumbs up!
I guess he was trying to tell me "Mommy, don't worry. I'm fine!"

About a week ago, we realised that one of Aidan's eyes seemed slightly swollen. The swell subsided a little but it seemed to swell up again a few days back. On touching his lids, I felt a small li' lump and realised that there is a cyst right under his right top eyelid. Brought him to the doctor who confirmed that he had a meibomian (also known as the chalazion) cyst. Doc said it was quite a big cyst and didn't seemed to believe that it has only been a week since it developed. Anyway, he prescribed an antibiotic eyedrop which will hopefully make it subside. But if the cyst still remains after a week, the doc will refer us to an eye doctor to get the contents of the swelling removed by doing a simple (but unpleasant, esp if it's a kid) operation. I'm not sure how Aidan will take to such an op man...

Hopefully, the eyedrops will work..Most cysts apparently do resolve spontaneously.

One small eye, one big eye :P

check out his eye on the left of this pic..you can see the swell caused by the cyst at the top of his eyelid..


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Mar. 12th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
OH NO! hope the eyedrops will work!

i hate the dentist. :S
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
i hate the dentist too. Even now, I still have phobia. And I was a horrible patient when i was a kid :P
(no subject) - tiffanyx - Mar. 12th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Would your hubby's dentist happen to be from Kwok, Ng and Lum?
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
yup! you go there too?
(no subject) - uniclycommon - Mar. 12th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
poor adian. I had one taken out before and it was very comfortable. Hope it goes away.
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
ah comfortable or uncomfortable?

both hub and I never had a cyst in the eye before so we were quite alarmed. i just hope it goes away...
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Mar. 12th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
i hope the cyst goes away soon. to have it in the eye is so not comfy. normally antibiotics & a creamy gooey ver that i apply just before bed helps. i get both each time at the clinic. then again this cyst in eye is in my dad's family genes & i unfortunately inherited it. i get it very often but it does not get any easier to deal with over time. i normally sit it out & let it heal on its own. i've had only one procedure when i was a kid(i icannot r'ber it) & there is a scar on my lids till today. it was probably a big cyst that refused to go away. :)
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
huh..you mean you still get it now? gah..was a bit alarmed initially coz both hub and i never had it..had to google to find out more abt it. Aidan's only comment is that his eye look smaller and that it isn't painful.
Mar. 12th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hope it goes away with no problem :( Surprised that Aidan didn't say anything about it, must have been quite irritating to have a cyst on his eyelid?

I never had a problem with dentists growing up. My primary school dentist loved me, cos I was always so cooperative. Once while waiting for my turn I saw this little girl squirming and kicking her feet around while in the chair. The dentist informed me later that the girl refused to open her mouth wide enough and she (dentist) had to pry her mouth open.

Then I kenna that sadistic dentist in Holland who yanked my wisdom teeth all out with local anesthetic and brute force.. now a bit scared. But good lah, he forced me to pull them out, now no need to worry about wisdom teeth problems hehe :P
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
i think it isn't painful..maybe slightly irritating so he tends to rub his eye. and that his eye looks smaller :P

heh..remind me never to go to the dentis in holland. he sounds horrible :P
Mar. 12th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
I used to get such cysts as a kid, too. They'd usually go away after applying tetracycline gel for a couple of days.
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
so you no longer get it! that's a relief. yeah, hopefully, the cyst will go away..
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Mar. 12th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
yup no discomfort yet. just hope it doesnt get bigger and starts subsiding soon...thanks!!
Mar. 12th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
We've been searching for a kid friendly dentist for the longest period ever. Can provide us with more details of this Dr Kwok..ok lah..their tel no. will do :)
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
hm..Dr Kwok doesn't specialise in kids dentistry though. But he does have great bedside manners and very patient. I don't have the number now (my in-laws made the appointment). Will check it out and let you know.

Have you tried Smileworks at Paragon - 62389318? Some of the kids go there..seems like they are q kiddo friendly and they have those special video googles that kids love!
(no subject) - stephiechai - Mar. 13th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
i hope the cyst is not making him feel too uncomfortable!
Mar. 13th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
it isn't painful thankfully..i think it only irritates them when it gets too big.
Mar. 12th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Reminds me I should go for dental soon too... My teeth are in shambles!! :(

The cysts usually go away by themselves, according to my friends who got them before, but one of my friends went for an op once. Not so comfy. But fingers crossed first lah hor...

On a lighter note, Elvis was before your time meh?? *runs away* :P
Mar. 14th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
what do you mean elvis wasn't before my time *takes back tickets* hehe
(no subject) - e_rambler - Mar. 14th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 12th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Kwok, Ng and Lum! Mwahaha..I've been going there since I was a kid! And Dr Kwok still asks me if I've finished school yet! lol!
Mar. 12th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
lol! He treats hub like a kid at times too. Hub tells me that Dr Kwok used to always scold him for not taking better care of his teeth..I think during our last 2 visits, the kind dentist decided to be nicer to him just coz Aidan was in the room =D

Hmm..you're the 2nd one on my lj friends list who goes to the same dentist. I wonder if there's more :P

Mar. 12th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
yewww.. dentist. i avoid them as much as possible. i dun even go dare to get my wisdom tooth check! eeeksss

wah lao, i'm so envious of ur boy's long lashes!
Mar. 14th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
heh..aidan is braver than me. i hate visiting the dentist too.
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Mar. 14th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
thanks! hope i wont need the referral..just hoping that it subsides..!
Mar. 13th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Not sure if the cyst in Aidan's eye is what Anna had previously. For Anna's case, the doctor called the cyst a Chalazion. He advised me to put a warm towel (aka a hot compress) on the swell 4 times a day. http://bits-n-bites.livejournal.com/52667.html

Mar. 13th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
yes it's the same. Anna's eye look quite bad eh..how long did it take for the swell to go down? Have already asked my helper to try using the warm towel already..that was advised by the doc too.
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Mar. 13th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
wow!!! very brave boy!! that reminds me to have to bring gabe for his overdued dental visit...the last (which was his first) was a disaster! i hope by showing him the photos of Aidan giving his thumb up...will be a good motivation and encouragement hehe :D
Mar. 14th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
maybe u can try the dentist that Peter's Ethan uses. I thought the video goggles is a very good idea. can help distract the kids!
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