He stood there crying and I didn’t know why. When I asked him what had happened, he told me that he had put a game piece up his nose. Ironically the game piece was from the classic game “Operation.”
Instantly my mind was whirling with all the possibilities before me- a clogged nose, a trip to the emergency room and a day wasted. We all know that I am not a medical professional and I’m pretty sure my approach wouldn’t be endorsed by one.
He was sobbing and I tried not to laugh or panic.
I thought he had learned from the pea incident a few months back.
I calmly asked him which piece he stuck up his nose and I chuckled. I then ran for the tweezers. The irony doesn’t escape me. All of a sudden I am in a real-life game of “operation.”
I encouraged him not to sniffle but to breathe through his mouth- and for a 4 year old that wasn’t easy especially since we haven’t even mastered the art of blowing our nose yet. I called a friend who gave me a few ideas.
I didn’t want him to lay down for fear it would go up into his sinus cavity and I didn’t want to push it further up in his nose. But I grabbed the tweezers and figured it was worth a shot- we can always head to the emergency room if I can’t get it.
It’s funny when you are in those situations and you are forced to suddenly weigh so many options- it makes my head spin. I think it’s amazing that God gave moms the ability to weigh so many scenarios so quickly. It’s almost like He pressed the pause button on time and we can think and move at lightning speeds.
I was able to extract the tiny white game piece with the first squeeze of the tweezers. Sweet! I’m grateful there wasn’t a buzzing sound as I touched the side of his nose like the real game.
Crisis averted. Emergency room avoided. Today can resume its originally schedule programming.
Has your child ever stuck something up his or her nose? Have you had chaotic moments where time seemed to stand still? Join in on the conversation in the comments.