We decided to settle in for family movie night last night, I had popped popcorn and we had just started watching Brave. I looked over and Brooklin on the opposite end of the couch as she was eating popcorn when I saw some seeds fall out of her nose.
I jumped up and started trying to see if she had any more in there and sure enough she did. I tried having her blow it, we got a flashlight and the shop vac. My husband actually attempted to vacuum it out of her nostril. It wouldn’t budge so I took her to Urgent Care. They said they weren’t equipped to help us so I called her doctor she wanted her into the ER right away. So we went to the ER and it was so busy and so hectic that I thought our popcorn hostage situation was the least of their worries so we went home. An hour later I felt her nose and I could feel the kernel near her eye so we rushed back to the ER.
She was seen almost right away in the children’s area and the doctor said we weren’t leaving until he got it out. The nurse got her all settled in with stickers and the remote.
The doctor tried the obvious nose blowing and then we tried holding her down to try and grab it but there was no way it was coming out with her awake.
I’ve never experienced such fear as the sedative took place. I was taken aback as she started having trouble breathing. Suction and tubes as she struggled with breathing. Wires everywhere. Suction worked, breathing fine with some help! Popcorn out!
I sat there and watched my child helpless. I’ve never seen her so vulnerable, with no personality she wasn’t there. I wiped the bloody droll coming from her mouth as she started to wake up. She looked at me, touched my nose and said “Mommy, you have such big brown eyes”. Then she was back out. Another hour passed and she finally started waking up, her doctor came in and gave her a teddy bear and talked to her about never putting anything in her nose or her ears. I am very thankful for the nurses who never left our side, they eased my fears and helped my child. I am grateful for their kindness.
We left the emergency room in the early morning hours, daddy had waited up for us to come home. I think moments like this that change you, that make you laugh more and hold on a little tighter.
All for a rather large piece of popcorn.