Tuesday, October 23, 2007

You would think
After having lived through the experience of being wrapped up in a mock straight jacket with his arms & legs immobile & me practically sitting on him, puffing air into his mouth with my hand on his face while plugging his nostril- you would think Logan would have learned his lesson about putting objects up his nose.

Yeah, I would have thought so too.

Last night I brushed his teeth & was getting him ready for bed. He had been sneezing all day with a runny, itchy nose. I thought he was getting a cold, especially since he was sounding a little stuffy. I made sure to get his humidifier going while I grabbed the aspirator to clear out his nose a bit. That's when I saw it. At first I thought it was a really big booger. But then I looked closer. It was a kernel of corn.

With a big heaving sigh, I yelled to Bill "He did it again! He has corn up his nose!" We both went into Logan's room to perform the "Nose Maneuver". It didn't work. Logan clearly remembered what this little trick was all about & thrashed around frantically. I thought I was going to poke his eye out with my finger from trying to hold his head still. It was awful. It felt like I was trying to suffocate him. After a while we gave up & decided to call his pediatrician in the morning.

For the rest of the night I tried to figure out when he did this. The only time he had corn that day was at dinner & I was sitting next to him the entire time watching him like a hawk so he didn't throw his roast beef to Buddha. I figured he did it at dinner on Sunday night with Bill while I was training my photographer friend at her house. I thought the corn had been up there for about 24 hours. No wonder why he was sneezing & itching his nose all day.

This morning I made an appointment to get Logan in to see his Doctor (he actually saw the Nurse, but whatever). It took me holding his legs down, another nurse holding his arms & torso still while another nurse held his head trying to get a knitting needle-like instrument up his nose. She scooped out the kernel, which looked pretty big & thus why it wouldn't blow out.

The nurse held it up asking "Is this a dried kernel? You keep dry kernels at home?" "That's gross", I cringed. "That's from Harvest Farm when he was playing in the corn-sand box. That's been in his nose since Saturday." (which again, I'm speechless. I had my eye on him the whole time he was in there & not once did he ever stick his finger up his nose. I have no idea when he found the opportunity to do this).

I was advised to keep looking up his nose to see if he stuck more than one kernel up there. The nurse told me of one toddler patient who stuck 15 peas up his nose & his mom had to keep looking up his nose for days to see if any others would "dislodge" enough to become visible. We came home with a much happier kiddo.

One thing Logan is learning is how to use his potty. I got him a potty last week because he's been showing some signs of interest. While not wanting to push it, but also jump on it while it was fun for him, we got him a potty to use before going into the bath at night. For three straight days he's peed in his potty. We're going to keep it at an easy slow pace, but I think we're on the right track!


nancy said...

Well, all I can say is that I'm glad it's not just my son. :)

Thanks for the nose tip. We used it over the weekend on a Gerber puff.

Jaime said...

I'm sorry to admit I'm laughing at this. Mine (thankfully) never stuffed things into their noses.

They did however love to create artwork on the walls with their poopies...


Erin said...

Oh my gosh I can't believe he did it again! I know it's not funny...but it is at the same time.

Yay for Logan using the potty! I can't wait til Hailey gets the hang of it!