Thursday, August 12, 2010


Monday afternoon Luke was playing with dried beans, which has been a normal activity of his for almost a year now. He loves to scoop, pour, dump, and sort them.

When he finished playing with them, he told me that he stuck a bean up his nose, but I didn't really believe him.
I thought, surely not.

A couple times that night he said his nose hurt,
but I just thought it was a coincidence.

Tuesday morning rolls around, and he is extremely whiney and tells me several times that his nose hurts and that there is something in his nose.

So, we head to the pediatrician and upon a quick examination the doctor reports that there
is indeed a black object in his nose.

He was unable to get it out, so he referred us to an ENT.

Ryan takes Luke to the ENT, while I take Aubrey and Julia, the girl I babysit a few days a week, back to the house for naps.

Ryan calls me about 2 hours later asking for Luke's social security number, because he has to be admitted to the hospital for his bean removal surgery that night.

My uncle and Aunt came to stay with Aubrey,
so I could go be with Luke at the hospital.

Luke was at the hospital from 1:30 until 7:30 AND was not allowed to eat or drink anything AND was confined to his bed...remarkably he did quite well!

I got there around 4:30 and his surgery was at 6:15.

About 30 minutes later, he was bean-free, awake, and extremely angry about the whole ordeal.

He was crying when we got to him, and he pretty much cried for the next hour we were there
while the nurses tried with no avail to get
his blood pressure and heart rate.

Once, we left the hospital he was fine!

All in all, everything went as well as it could go.

Luke in his hospital bed
The bean

Both doctors told us that this kind of thing happens all the time, which made me feel a little better; but, just to make sure we don't have to go through this again, we have thrown away all dried beans that were in our house, and Luke is not allowed near any kind of small object that can fit in his nose.


MamaHen said...

So glad he is okay. I know you must have been worried though. I'm telling you, little boys (and girls) can through you for a loop!

Kathleen said...

i cant help but laugh....I know its not funny but in a couple years, it will be :)

Rachel said...

I feel your pain. Especially if your deductible is what ours is for surgeries...that was a $350 bean. And, if it makes you feel any better, we've had our own experience with banning an aforeapproved toy after a trip to the hospital - using Mommy's Benadryl bottle as a rattle.

Muthering Heights said...

Oh wow!

I'm glad it was easy for the doctors to dislodge!