On Eddie's birthday (Monday), I had grand plans of making a cheesecake (which I've never done before). So I took out a few sticker projects that I bought at Dollar Tree, and sat the kids down at the table. Before I could even begin on the cake, I needed to do a load of dishes. The kids had a blast, and after 30 minutes or so, all 4 were still occupied. "Score! I need to stock up on these babies", I said to myself.
Then I saw Natalie trying to put a few of the silver, foam stickers on her teeth so she could pretend to have braces like her Aunt. Right at the moment I told her, "We don't put stickers in our mouth!", I witnessed Audrey shoving one up her nose.
Now, I've had to do a rubber band removal out of a nostril before, so I didn't panic. I simply grabbed her hand, walked to the bathroom, and grabbed the tweezers. Lifting her chin up, I saw the sticker plain as day, but she kept moving around. We walked back to the living room so I could have her lie down on the floor. The moment I went to pull out the darn sticker, her nose became a black hole and it disappeared. Great.
I didn't want to be that mom who panics over small stuff, so I called her pediatrician's office and left a message with the receptionist (you know, to give to the nurse, to give to the doctor, and finally call you back 3 days later). After about 5 minutes, Audrey starting to freak out a little, and me realizing how sharp those little stickers were, I called our Urgent Care. They told us that we'd have to go straight to the ER.
Luckily, we live 5 minutes from a really nice, new hospital. We were honestly in & out of the ER in less than 20 minutes. Insane, I know. However, the doctor there couldn't see the sticker, either, and made a call to an ENT. We hopped in the car, and had Eddie meet us over at that doctor's office.
|Not a happy camper|
Upon arriving at the ENT, Audrey really started to freak out. She knew that he'd be using a little camera to see if he could find the sticker. I tried my best to relate it to an episode of Magic School Bus, but by the time she was sitting in the chair and the doctor was ready to dig in, she had turned into Arnold and did not want to go on Mrs. Frizzle's bus trip up her nose. I'm so glad Eddie was there, because it took the nurse, Eddie, and myself to calm her down and help her stay still. After searching everywhere, the doctor couldn't find it - and it absolutely never came out of her nose after going in. He said she had already ingested it, and that it would probably pass on its own in the next few days. Crisis averted.
So yeah, my $1 sticker projects, likely just cost us $1000 in medical bills. And I never did get to bake Eddie that cake!