Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More Tales from the Trenches

See Lilah.

See Lilah in the Emergency Room.

See Lilah in the Emergency Room with a bead stuck up in her nose.

Yes, this was today's adventure. She shoved a bead up her nose (what in the world possesses kids to do the things they do???) and then cried and cried because it hurt and it was stuck. I wasn't exactly sure what to do. I know there is some technique whereby you, the harried parent, can blow it out, but alas, I wasn't sure of the exact method and I was feeling a little panicky. So I called our pediatrician's office and was informed that I would have to take her to the ER to have it removed. I suspected as much. She actually fell asleep in the truck on the way there, which I took as a good sign. When we got there, each medical professional who asked me what we were there for chuckled when I told them. (And, of course, the first thing everyone said before even asking what we were there for was "Oh my goodness, look at that hair!" Her hair precedes her, I tell you.) Apparently this is very common. The doc who finally extricated the subject bead told me that they get at least two or three cases of Child With Foreign Body in Nasal Passage every day. They even have a special instrument designed specifically for removing all manner of Foreign Bodies from said nasal passages: it's a very thin flexible tube which they slip up there past the bead (or what have you), blow a tiny bubble into the end of the tube and then pull it out, along with the Foreign Body. Pretty cool. The whole thing took about three seconds, and Lilah didn't even cry, which surprised me. What did surprise me was the size of that thing when they pulled it out! A pretty little purple rose bead almost the size of a pea, all covered in snot. Nice.

Hopefully we've learned a lesson from this.


Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry to tell you that I just had to laugh when I saw this post. She just looks so sad and poor Mama! yeah I don't know why they do the silly things they do but there seems to be a common preoccupation with sticking things up the nose. I actually remember sticking lady bugs up my nose once when I was really small! Luckily I outgrew that.

ashamom said...

And the co-pay was probably $25, right?

I kid!

Lisa B said...

Luckily my kids never did this but for future reference I think you essentially push down the nostril that is NOT blocked to block it and have them blow out really hard to see if they dislodge the thing in the other side on their own - like when you blow your nose and block one side at a time to blow the other - but you have to make sure they don't suck in a big breath first thereby lodging it deeper :)

Cheryl said...

Memories...4th of July 1984...in the midst of the glorious fireworks (i.e.sparklers)in Grandma's driveway, my then 5 year old daughter stuck a plastic bb up her nose. Her style was, and still is, quite dramatic, so there was spurting blood and panicked eyes as wide as saucers, as Grandpa drove 90 miles an hour down the freeway to the emergency room...yup...quite common to the folks in ER and easily resolved, but the legend remains and the story is retold to this day...lol...