Sunday, October 22, 2006

Superdad

Is your neighborhood littered with little air gun pellets the way mine is? All the little preteen urchins on my street have these fake firearms that shoot tiny pastel colored spheres, which accumulate in the cracks in the sidewalk. Sure, its all fun and games until someone shoots an eye out...

My children call these things "balls." As in, "Wait, Mommy, a ball! I have to stop and pick up this ball!"

Colin found 2 more "balls" at the park this morning. I had an all-afternoon planning session for work, so lucky Anthony got the kids all afternoon. They set up an elaborate track with their wood blocks and were racing their balls across it, until Colin started crying, "I can't get my ball!"

Great, thought Anthony, "Where is it, buddy?"

Colin wailed, "In my nose!"

Yes, Colin stuffed the little sphere, just slightly larger than his own nostril, up into his sinus. Anthony told me, when I finally called him back on a break, that he'd even used my little "pliers thingy" (aka hemostat) but it was too far up there to get out, so they were headed to the emergency room.

The waiting room was as expected, packed with sick children. Anthony sat with two bright, healthy children and waited. Fortunately, he rechecked Colin as they waited, and noticed the ball had descended. By pushing Colin's cheek out, mashing on his nostril and digging it out with his pen, Macgyver-style, Anthony actually extracted it himself.

A nurse saw him and said, "Way to go, Dad!" I second that! Way to handle the kids on your own and save us $150 in ER fees!

7 comments:

A.Norma said...

I cannot believe that 'History is repeating itself',Jennifer...the very same thing happened to your Dad when he was very small HE too had pushed a bead up his nose...can you remember that,Eric? we took him to the Doctor and I squirmed whilst the rooted it out...OUCH!! also..I don't know if you have received A.Olives' pictures yet that she is sending to you (and Emilys' got returned to her) but my goodness wait until you see the good-looking chap that Daddy was (and still is ,of course) :o) there is one photo where he is grinning and it's Anna all over again..lovely to look at...

EdamameMommy said...

Aye, aye aye! Those pellets littered this house and yard when we moved in. Glad we never tried to stick them up our snortlockers.

COUSIN BEVIE said...

I think Anthony should be Superman for Halloween. It would suit his "saving-the-day" mentality demonstrated in the waiting room!!! =)

What do ya think?


XOXOXOXO!

Emily said...

What is the purpose of sticking something like that into your nose? Strange. I'm glad it all came out ok! Nice work, Anthony MacGuyver.

scribbit said...

I remember my mom pinning my brother down, late for church, while trying to pick out an enlarge Super Pop out of his nose with tweezers. Now I know better, you just smash it against the side, close the other nostril and BLOW! Course that wouldn't have worked in your unique situation :) Forgive my laughter over your painful story, but you always get a chuckle when something goes up the nose.

Lisa said...

That was super funny. Way to go, Anthony!

paula said...

Poor Colin, Luke is always trying to jam stuff up his hooter, glad that Anth managed to get it out. Bet that taught him a lesson.