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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mystery solved

A few weeks before we moved, Sophia came down with a very stuffy nose. She didn't seem to have any other cold-like symptoms, though. Just incredible stuffiness of the sort that caused her to sniff loudly every 1.4 seconds, and more often than that if she was lying down.

I started to wonder if something had come in season that she was very allergic to, but her nose never really ran. It was just stuffy.

Since she had no other symptoms, and I was very involved with things like packing up my house and dealing with loan officers, I didn't bother taking her in to be seen.

She continued with the stuffiness, and also bloody noses almost daily. And I just continued to think she must have allergies and the nose bleeds were due to the heat. After all, when I was young I had that same issue with my nose bleeding all the time in the summers.

And here's where I start feeling like a crummy mother.

Fast forward to Wisconsin. We are staying at my uncle's house. He has a big huge backyard with lots of fun things to do, among them a trampoline. Sophia and her sisters were happily jumping away when I heard an alarming yell from Bria.

"Mom! Sophia's nose! She has a big green thing that just came out of it!"

"What, a booger?"

"No! It's like really bright green. It's like a round green crystal!"

So, I got up and went to look at this alleged green crystal that came out of Sophia's nose. And there was indeed a snotty green craft bead. And right then, I realized that I had found the source of her mysterious nose-stuffiness and bleeding.

She had a freaking bead stuck up her nose.

The girls had gotten a new set of beads to make jewelry with, and Sophia had just as much fun as the older girls did making necklaces and bracelets for herself. And, apparently, she also had a lot of fun seeing what would happen if she put one in her nose.

Now, I have no idea if a doctor would have figured this out if I had taken her in. I have since decided that I am not such a bad mother. While I am a little distressed that she had a foreign object up her nose for three weeks, I have reconciled myself with the fact that Sophia is just bound to do stuff like this.

I've just added it to her repertoire.

34 comments :

  1. My husband once spent nearly an hour retrieving a tiny silver Lego Castle key from the inside of my son's nose. Fortunately for us, we saw it go up, so we knew the cause of his distress and were able to remove it. But seriously... it was WAY far up there. I didn't think we would be able to get it out!

    I'm glad Sophia's craft bead worked it's way out on it's own. And you're not a bad mom. I would have done the same thing. I need things to be much more alarming than a runny nose to warrant a trip to the doctor.

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  2. Oh, man! This is just one of those things--I would have done exactly the same thing.

    (Hope that doesn't make me a bad mom . . . nah.)

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  3. I was laughing so hard at your "She had a freaking bead stuck up her nose" line. Scary, but funny since it worked out ok. My kids haven't done that yet, but it seems pretty common.

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  4. Sorry, but I was laughing so hard toward the end of this post. Glad it worked itself out!

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  5. Some kids are just prone to do things that make their parents crazy. I have a couple of those kind of kids myself. You are not a crummy mom. Taking her to the Dr for sniffles would've been a little obsessive...and everything turned out ok in the end, right?
    :~D

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  6. Sometimes, you never know with kids... Mine seem to have Selective Memory Loss down to an art form which strums just the right (ok wrong) strings in my nerve guitar. LOL

    Glad she's alright...

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  7. It was green. It was round. Sounds to me like it belonged up there!

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  8. Wow-three weeks! I can't believe it was up there for so long. Did it never hurt her?

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  9. Oh good heavens, that started my day off with quite the laugh!! I'm still rolling....

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  10. When I was about her age, I had an apple seed get stuck up my nose. I was so scared that an apple tree was going to grow up there.

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  11. That is awesome. Plain awesome.

    My brother stuck a raisin up his nose when he was little. He wrote a journal entry about it (or rather, he dictated a journal entry to my mom about it) and we still quote it at family gatherings.

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  12. I'm trying to remember if it was Nate or Sadie who had a jewel up their nose. If it were Sadie it would just cement the fact that she and Sophie are meant to be BESTIES!

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  13. Hahahahaha! Her and Ainsley are like two peas in a pod :)

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  14. Once Abby was doing a trick with Peas on her nose. I thought for sure she was getting them all over the kitchen (I was doing that only half paying attention mommy thing) That night when I was tucking her in I saw what I thought was a GIANT booger up her nose and had her blow. Lo and behold out came not 1, but 4 or 5 peas. You are not a bad mommy, it just happens. And it is a great story to tell for years to come.

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  15. Crazy little girl. With symptoms like that, how were you supposed to know that a Frickin' Bead was up her nose? You aren't a bad mom, nope, not. at. all.

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  16. oh Lara, that is crazy! My dd stuffed a watch battery up her nose when she was 2 1/2 that required outpatient surgery to remove! So glad the bead came out on it's own...and not nearly as dangerous as a battery acid leak in your sinuses. ;)

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  17. Welcome to the club! Grace had a thing for broccoli up her nose for awhile and that's REALLY hard to get out!

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  18. Ok my kids have not done that yet, but give it some time. I'm glad she got it out.

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  19. Thank goodness for the trampoline and a concerned sis who doesn't see bright green objects pop out of little sis's noses every day. Mine hasn't stuck anything up there yet, but I wait for the day...I've missed reading your blog!

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  20. It happens ALL THE TIME. Dr. Farnsworth used to be able to smell it out. A sibling would be in the room during a well check, he'd smell it and go get the alligator forceps to get it out.
    It was mildly creepy.

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  21. Ha! My son has done stuff like this twice.

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  22. My brother did the same thing with a bean in his ear when we were kids. The doctor was doing a regular exam and discovered it and then yelled at my mom for not bringing him in sooner. My mom calmly turned to my brother and asked, "Does your ear hurt?" He said no. "Did it hurt before?" He said no. What was she supposed to do? Moms have superpowers but they don't include x-ray vision.

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  23. I know I probably shouldn't chuckle when I read this, but, really, you only hear about kids sticking things up their noses in the movies. I'm glad she's ok, though, and the mystery solved!!!

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  24. It's so funny, but before I scrolled down to the part where you revealed what was up Sophia's nose, I had a mental image of that Simpson's episode where it shows a scan of Homer's brain, and there's a crayon in there.

    And then I almost sprayed tea out of my nose! (It must be a day for nose-related things...)

    Glad she's okay, and that the mystery is solved! And you keep all your Good Mom points, in my book.

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  25. Oh my goodness!

    Luckily I knew about it when Miles stuck the nut (of the nuts and bolts variety) up his nose. If not, I probably would have just figured he had allergies too!

    Kids are totally nuts!

    Get it...nuts. Nose nut and crazy nuts...bwaaahaaahaaa!

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  26. That is so funny, thank you for sharing.

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  27. Oh my. Kate has, thankfully, never been interested in sticking things in her nose, but I can totally see Andy doing it when he gets a little older. This kid can't even crawl properly yet and he's already into everything.

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  28. I am glad she is ok and the bead came out on its own. My son did the same thing when he was little (for the life of me I can't remember what the object was), but I do remember all those same symptoms especially the nose bleeds. I was just starting to get really worried when It finally came out while he was "picking at his nose" *ugh* :> But I think it had been in his nose for several weeks. What kids do!

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  29. Oh I remember what the object was now... it was a bean. His class in school was using beans to create a picture. :)

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  30. What a fun and interesting first trip to the doctor that would have been.

    Um. maam. she has a bead in her nose.

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  31. Ewww...glad she didn't get an infection or have the DR. use the dreaded alligator on her nose to get it out LOL !

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  32. BTW,
    How did she stand it so long ? I've had a piece of corn up my nose ( while eating) and until until I got it out, it drove me crazy !

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  33. Bwhahahah!!! Thanks for the great laugh! Why kids do things like this, I'll never know...

    And, you're not a bad Mom - if it's any consolation, when Sam was 5, he got sick with what I thought was a bad cold. A few days later, he developed a rash all over his torso. It turns out he really had strep throat, and it had turned into SCARLET FEVER... I felt really bad about that one...

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  34. Ah, the joys of parenthood. I love moments that make me shrink back and think, "I am the world's worst human being. What was God thinking when He let me be a parent?!" Thank heaven for friends who get it and remind you that you're not alone. *hugs*

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