Monday, March 28, 2011


Not the TV show.  No cute George Clooney involved in this post.  Just cute lil’ Aidan and his determination to meet deductibles & break records.

It all started on Tuesday March 1st when Aidan decided to join the circus and do his first ever glass eating show.  4 hours later in the ER with 3 small children we learn that he was full of poo.  Literally the X-ray to look for glass in his digestive track indicated “retained stools”. 

And in case you didn’t get the full story he has a bad habit of chewing on things while watching TV.  Apparently a glass eye dropper that I didn’t recall we even had, was left out. He started chewing on it unaware it was glass & would break if he bit it hard enough. AHHH!  While I went looking for pieces & checking his mouth he ran in the kitchen & grabbed a piece of raisin toast took one bite when he started screaming & bleeding.  Oh yea.  Bleeding from the mouth.  This is the point in the story you need to know it was of course lunch time when this all went down. SO no Dr office was answering!! AHH!  Several calls to Dr's, Urgent Cares & even my Dr. back in Derby where it wasn’t lunch time we end up in the ER.  Fun. Fun.

Fast forward 3 weeks to the 23rd.  Matt returned my sister to the airport.  Up at 3:45 am mind you. I call him about 4:30pm when I find Aidan has shoved styrofoam up each nostril.  I {with all my medical training} successfully removed one wad of styrofoam using Qtips & tweezers.  Matt heads home as I am unable to remove the other trying Qtips, tweezers & baby booger sucking bulb thingy.  I jump in the shower cause I’ve been painting & cleaning all day and don’t really wanna  “fit in” with the urgent care/ER crowd.  While showering Aidan proceeds to run around playing thus snorting the wad further up his nose. AH!  Matt gets home & first tries the vacuum followed by the vacuum with his converted baby booger sucking bulb attachment stuck to the end of the vacuum tube.  No luck.  It is now, of course in true Aidan fashion, not normal Dr office hours so the mission to find an Urgent care that accepts our insurance & has the equipment to remove the styrofoam is on.  With no luck.  They all refer us on to the ER.  Matt takes Aidan cause I know I’m not strong enough to hold him down….physically or emotionally.

They get checked into the ER about 6pm.  I hear very little from Matt so about 9pm I text him “How are things?” Matt: “not good” an eternity passes so I send another “is he ok?” another decade goes by “?????”.  Nada. FINALLY at 10pm Matt calls and they are on their way home. Big guy came home puffy eyed and ready for his mama….so did Matt!! HA!! Matt was soo tired having been up so early that AM, working all day & then at the ER all evening! The next day Aidan acted as if nothing had ever happened.  We did put him on an antibiotic as the Dr worried all the digging & scraping could have caused chance for infection.

The hospital tried suction devices, hooks & tweezers several different times.  Spraying affrin between attempts to help reduce the swelling of the tissues that had set in even before Aidan left for the ER.  They waited 30-40 minutes between attempts to allow the nose to rest & Aidan to calm down.  His screaming got intense enough they had to move him to a room with doors rather than a curtained off “room”.  Matt said Aidan was incredible brave between attempts & even when the Dr was just looking, but the moment they tried to stick something up his nose he went crazy.  First screaming, then screaming so hard no sound came out.  By the final attempt he plead with them to stop.  “Why are you hurting me? I don’t want you to do that.  Please stop hurting me.  Just leave it there. I don’t like you Dr.” and so on… Matt said before it was over he and a nurse were tearing up!!  The final attempt & successful removal was thanks to a bent paper clip from the Dr. station desk.  Wow…wonder if we will be billed for the use of that medical instrument!?!?! :)  Much to our surprise it was a larger chunk than we thought.  The one I removed was about the size of a pea…this one Matt compared to 1/2 a green bean.

Hmm…bean…that’s kinda funny he mentioned  beans.  As when he was a lil tike he shoved a “who spilled the beans” bean up his nose.  His parents were unaware he had done it.  He had a certain stinky smell about him so they took him to the Dr where the Dr discovered & removed the infected bean.  A couple weeks later Matt did it again!! :) This time his parents removed it!!! :)

Let’s hope Aidan did a 2 for one!! :)

So there are 2 of the 3 ever trips to the ER I have experience with.  These two kinda pale in comparison to my 1st which was high BP following the delivery of Isaac. :)

Praying for an uneventful & Dr.less April!! :)


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