As you all know I have three boys. With three boys comes the usual wrestling, fighting, chaos, mess, dirt, poop and fart jokes, and all sorts of other craziness. You know, typical boys stuff. But they are still good boys and we have managed to escape a lot of unfortunate side affects of boys that I've heard other people talk about. Stuff like;
pooping in the bathtub,
climbing out of the crib, or
sticking Legos up a nose.
My boys have never done any of that. All of that was left to this one:
(Thank you Auntie Sarah for the wonderful princess apparel. You really are like her fairy godmother!)
Now, normally she isn't even allowed in the library when the boys are playing with Legos. They are supposed to close the door and not let her or the dog in when the Legos are out. Somehow, Grace got in there, and even though it was only for a a very brief moment she managed to find a teeny, tiny, bright orange, round Lego light and stick it up her nose. The minute I found her in the room (which was probably about 30 seconds after she entered the room) I ushered her out. Her nose sounded stuffy so I asked her to blow it. When she blew it she said, "OUCH!!! OWWIEEE!!!" That seemed rather odd to me. When I asked her to blow again she started bawling. I got a terrible feeling. I took a flashlight and checked and sure enough there was a Lego lodged waaaaayyyyy up there.
A quick call to Todd and he was on his way home. Another quick call to the peds office and Grace and I were on our way. Unfortunately, the on-call peds doctor was unable to suction it, or blow it (don't ask) out. Then they called an ENT specialist to come in but there was some fight about who was actually on call and NO ONE came. I was then told to drive an hour to Milwaukee's Children's Hospital and they could remove it there. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME??
I decided to head over to the ER at our normal hospital even though I know that the ENT schedule is the same there and no one would show up. I was hoping the ER doc would be able to something for us. Nope. No such luck there either. Apparently, none of the doctors I saw wanted to attempt to remove the Lego and then have it slide even further up her nose, or even worse, have her take a deep breath during the removal process and have it get into her lungs. Both the ER doc and ER nurse said that if it was them they would probably just leave it there and go to the ENT doctor in the morning. Good grief.
I was so miffed. We have two large hospitals in my city and NO ENTs that can help us after 5? It is a crazy world.
So, after three hours of torturing Grace (and probably two big doctor's bills for nothing) and no help dislodging the Lego, I packed Grace back in the car and we went home. I was so frustrated and upset and concerned. I just couldn't give up on it. Todd thought that maybe he could get it out but it was pretty far up her nose at this point and I could barely see it. I just kept having visions of the Lego getting stuffed farther up there and her breathing it in and it going in her lungs (thank you, doctors, for that worry).
I decided to try suctioning the Lego out a bit again (with one of those baby snot suckers) and I got it down further than it was before. Finally I thought I could possibly try and take it out with a tweezers. The first couple of times I don't think I went in far enough. It was so scary trying because I couldn't see anything. I just had to guess approximately where it would be. The next thing I know I felt the Lego in between the tweezers and I pulled the little bugger out.
What a relief!!!! I felt like I had just performed successful brain surgery or something. We all jumped around, screaming and shouting and dancing, and Grace got a few cookies to help with the ordeal. So glad my little lady would have a safe and peaceful nights sleep. What an ordeal.