The only thing worse than getting woken up by an alarm clock on a Sunday morning is having your entire day thrown off schedule with a little Prompt Care visit.
We were already off schedule today with my husband taking a job that ended at 3am, a new one that started at 9am and toss in a few thunderstorms scaring the kids out of the beds. It really got us all off to a grumpy start for the day.
Then, just as we were making breakfast plans and a trip to the park to enjoy the nice weather we heard the dreaded words …
Mommy, there’s a bead in my ear.
Son-of-a-witches broom not again!!!!!!!!!
Right around the age of 3 our son stuck an M&M up his nose that required a turkey baster to suck out. Then at the same age our daughter broke off a crayon tip in her nose that once again needed a good suction to pull out. We almost ended up in the ER both times because they were lodged up there. And here we are again with our third and final child with something stuck somewhere. Except this time she went for the ear.
So we grabbed a flashlight and peeked inside her ear to find a big purple plastic bead stuck so far down the ear canal there was no way tweezers were going to get that thing.
After a little discussion we decided going to Prompt Care was the best plan. The wait times are usually less than 10 minutes and it’s soooo much cheaper than the ER. As it turns out, Prompt Care is fully equipped to deal with everything except things stuck in ears. Go figure. They have no suction. Neither does our daughter’s pediatrician or the Express Care.
I don’t know about you but sitting in the ER with a 4+ hour wait time with a cranky toddler is not my idea of a good time so we opted for plans B and C before plan D (ER).
Plan B – go buy a nose suction thingy to pull the bead out. No such luck. Those things may be helpful for boogers but beads, not so much.
Plan C – NOT RECOMMENDED – place some super glue on a Q-Tip, attach it to the bead and pull. (I’m not a medical professional but I’m pretty sure they would tell you to never ever do this!)
After three attempts Plan C actually worked!!!!
So after $50 in useless supplies and fees, one expert opinion and hours of frustration, it all came down to a Q-Tip and glue. Fortunately, we’re all out of kids, they each learned the lesson for themselves and I’m hoping we never get to deal with objects stuck in odd places ever again.
The funniest thing about this whole ordeal was the fact that I actually predicted it would happen two years ago. –> http://foodfamilyfinds.com/blog/its-snot-funny/