What do you get when you combine a 4-year-old and rolled up cardboard?
A trip to the doc to remove said cardboard from their nose!
Two weeks ago, my son said, “Mommy I have garbage in my nose.” I thought he meant booger. So showed him how to blow his nose.
Then Sunday night he said, “No mommy I put it up there.”
I got the flashlight and sure enough, rolled up cardboard was wedged deep in his nose. Since it had been up there for two weeks already and he didn’t have a fever or any other obvious symptoms, I figured no ER visit needed. I would call the doc in the morning and we would see the regular doctor.
The next day at the doc, my normally reasonable son (for a 4-year-old), bucked like we were trying to cut his nose off. After the forth attempt Doc said, “It smells rotten. Your choice an ENT specialist or ER, but it needs to come out. High odds he will need to be sedated.”
Uggg so to ER I went.
They didn’t believe my happily playing son would turn into a werewolf when they tried to extract anything from his nose. But, five adults couldn’t hold him still enough to get the cardboard out. And he wailed the whole time. THE WORST.
Six times was not the charm, and they had to sedate him.
I ended with a high son, and the cardboard no longer stuck in his nose, because it was pushed in. Either he swallowed it or it got pushed up into his sinus. Since they couldn’t see it, we went into wait and see mode.
There had to be a life lesson about this experience.
Maybe a variation of a stitch in time: Sensei says getting kid to sit still for 3 minute save 3 hour ER visit.
What have you been through that was way harder than it ought to have been?