I kept R home today. He had a great night last night, but his mouth was still swollen this morning and I was worried about him being able to eat. Plus, I didn't feel right dumping him off for his teachers to deal with. So he and I had a lovely day together at home, and we even went to the playground (not the scene of the crime one, but another one close by) for a couple of hours.
Thank you all for your prayers and and your kind words and advice. God's healing hands are definitely at work in R! By the end of the day, his mouth was only slightly swollen. He ate a lot today - banana, yogurt, blueberry pancake cut up in teensy pieces, macaroni and cheese, a soft cereal bar. He asked for other things like popcorn and an apple, but I was afraid that they'd re-open his wounds so I didn't let him have those yet. He told me that his mouth didn't hurt him at all (thank goodness!). He was speaking normally by late morning. He was full of energy and climbed and jumped at the playground just like his normal self. And, the tooth that was bent backward already seems to be moving back into place.
God helped wash away my guilt and fear as well today. I prayed last night for God to sit by R's bed and watch over him during the night, and that helped me to relax a little and sleep peacefully myself. And, although I did briefly question whether this all would have happened if *I* had been the one to take R to the park yesterday, I realized that God's hand was in that as well. I'm sure it still would have happened, and I think A was the right person to be there with R at the time. Apparently, I would have fainted and been no good to anyone!
And, I admit that part of why I was so upset yesterday was because R's perfect little face and smile were mangled and horrible-looking. Wednesday is his school picture day! I know that was completely vain of me. But God even helped with that. R looks almost normal tonight and you can't really tell that he's missing teeth when he smiles. The only time I could see anything was when he was hanging upside down on the rings at the playground and had his mouth open.
Thank you, God, for healing R and watching over him. And, thank you again to all of you for your encouragement and prayers for me and my little guy.