Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Hilarity Continues...

It's one of those funny-but-not-funny things, to be honest.

Last night (Saturday) Ben made a box of macaroni and cheese for the kids for dinner since he and I weren't all that hungry.  I was working on girl's camp stuff in the den and he was reading while the kids ate dinner at the table.

That's when it happened.  Connor, the ever-inquisitive male creature that he is decided he wanted to try sticking a cooked noodle up his nose.  All the way up his nose.  And it was so uncomfortable he kept sniffing to get rid of the sensation.  I didn't know it was possible to snort a macaroni noodle up your nose into your sinus cavity, but he did.  I tried to get it out with tweezers, but it was so soft that any time I snagged it the tweezers just broke through the noodle. 

So I called the Urgent Care doctor that the girls have seen.  He was closed at 7:00 on Saturday evening, but recommended I take him into the emergency room to get it out ASAP.  Since I was not willing to sit in the ER with a tired 23-month old without a second opinion, I called a guy from church who is a pediatric ENT specialist.  I reached his wife, but he was in a meeting and couldn't hear his cell phone.  So off I trekked to the OU Children's Hospital downtown.

About an hour later, I received a call from the pediatric ENT.  As long as Connor was in no pain, it could probably wait till Monday and he could take it out in his office.  By then, the noodle had worked it's way far enough into the sinus that he didn't seem to even feel it, and I couldn't see it.  So, we left the ER without even having gone through triage and came on home.

About 30 minutes or so after we got home, Connor starting making funny sniffing noises again.  I pulled out the flashlight and saw that the macaroni noodle had worked it's way back to the top of Connor's left nostril.  So I went fishing again with tweezers and a snot sucker (i.e. bulb syringe).  No luck.  I just couldn't get it out!

And then inspiration struck.  I closed Connor's other nostril and told him to blow.

The result?

That macaroni noodle shot out like a bullet.

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