And how was my day, you ask. difficult child had an appointment. at a clinic an hour away to have some major dental work done. We get there---at 7:30 this morning. At 9:30 they tell us they can't do it there. (This was set up on Monday!) We have to go to larger clinic which in 1 1/2 hours away from first clinic---also 1 1/2 hours from home---different direction!!! They say they can see him next Thursday. I get on the phone with other clinic and short of begging----they can see him today. We drive there. difficult child is dentist phobic===and what he had done is not for the faint of heart. They put him asleep---do the procedure---2 hours later, they send him with me with instructions to come back for products in 2 hours. What do I do with a weepy, drugged out difficult child for 2 hours in a strange city. Between moans and groans, he wants to go to the mall. Okay they just wheeled you out in a wheelchair, your mouth is pouring blood and packed with gauze---and you want me to take you to the mall???? So I pacify him in an attempt to look for the mall all over town---I just didn't go anywhere in it's direction! We get back there---his product is ready. We are leaving and I see a familiar face----difficult child's childhood dentist---they one who asked us not bring him back because he couldn't work with him. He is one of husband's old high school friends. I call his name---out of shock---he comes back and speaks---Thank God difficult child was still dazed because he blames him for all of his dentist anxiety---even though pcdaughter loved him to death. We get in the car. difficult child is happy with his new smile. He starts to cry because he hasn't been able to smile in such a long time. And the entire day---even the gfgness that followed on our ride home and the 2 hours since, has been worth it to see him smile! So here I am, exhausted and $3500 dollars poorer--but it was worth it all if it helps his self esteem! And how was your day?