Thursday, January 15, 2009

Priesthood Blessings

Last weekend Kobe was in a lot of pain. He kept holding his jaw and saying that his tooth hurt. On Saturday I called the dentist and they set him an appointment for Tuesday with the pediatric dentist. We started the Motrin. During the night his toothache would wake him up. By Sunday he was taking Motrin around the clock, asking for it again after only 4 hours even though it's supposed to last for 6-8 hours, and he was holding his face where it was swollen. That night again he woke in pain. I gave him Motrin. Greg gave him a priesthood blessing. Kobe slept.

Priesthood Blessing
A blessing given by a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, by the laying on of hands and by inspiration, to one who is sick or otherwise in need of special counsel, comfort, or healing.

-definition from

Monday morning I called the dentist office. I said we couldn't wait another day and could he please be seen today. They squeezed us in with a regular dentist. On the way over, I realized that I hadn't given any Motrin to Kobe. I commented to him that he seemed to be feeling much better today. He told me it didn't hurt anymore. I could see that his face was still swollen though. Then he simply said, "It stopped hurting when Daddy was giving me the blessing."
At the dentist office they took x-rays and gave us the bad news. He needed a "baby tooth root canal"!!! (Are you kidding me?!) She said the tooth needs to be saved since it won't fall out on it's own for a few years still. We left with a prescription for an antibiotic and an appointment for Thursday's root canal with the pediatric dentist.
Today is Thursday. Kobe was nervous and asked for another priesthood blessing. Included in this blessing there was a promise made that the dentist would make good decisions and do what was best for Kobe. This morning at the dentist office, a new x-ray was taken.

blurry pictures courtesy of my cell phone

'Dr. Mary', the pediatric dentist, took a good look in Kobe's mouth and at the x-ray. She said she really believed there was nothing wrong with the tooth at all. She decided that something had wedged it's way below his gums and caused an infection. She numbed the area with a gel, cleaned under the gums for a second, and sent him on his way.

We are very happy and feel very blessed.


Robyn said...

Wow, what a miracle! That is amazing and what a great little testimony building experience for your Kobe (and a great one for your wallet too!) I'm so happy for you.

BTW, Austin was supposed to have one of those mini root canals at age 5 and we said $1000 OR $70 to remove it? Ok, remove it. It just grew in this past year!

Shan said...

Thanks for sharing that Nik- what an amazing story. Happy for Kobe!! Sounds like a good dentist that took the time to find out the problem.

The Stone Family said...

What a cutie! Poor little guy! What an awesome experience for him. The priesthood is so powerful and how lucky Kobe is to have a father who is worthy to hold it. Thanks for sharing that wonderful story!

Andrea said...

It is the seamingly simple miracles that really boost my testimony. Besides when you have a tooth ache you don't care about miracles like moving mountains. You just want the pain to stop. Thanks for sharing.

Leanne said...

I'm really glad his pain is gone, but I'm glad Kobe had this experience to remember and share with others. Awesome.

Holly said...

I love this! I love that the lord sees fit to teach even the smallest of us, the power of blessings. What a great testimony builder for us all!

Thank goodness that Kobe is feeling better! Oh- and Ethan had one of those baby root canals. Poor kid- he's had everything you could have with his teeth! :)

Angie said...

There is nothing more amazing to me than the blessing of the priesthood. Thank you for sharing this.