So, yesterday (as I was writing my previous post) Julia's teacher calls me on my cell phone in the middle of the day. Now this is usually never a good sign and yesterday proved to be no exception. I figured she had a bad cough or fever since all 3 of the kids have been fighting off a cold for the past week. But oh no!!! It couldn't be that simple. No . . . what my 5-year-old's teacher let me know was that during naptime Julia had swallowed her hair barrette. And I knew exactly which one it was. I remember really insignificant details such as this, I always called it useless knowledge. On this particular day, though, it was anything but useless.
I immediately called our pediatrician. She wanted to see her and have x-rays done since the barrette was metal and was pointy. So, I get on the phone trying to find a someone to babysit my other 2 who were sleeping so innocently. Thank heavens for my awesome friend Julie who was here within 5 minutes and stayed until my mother-in-law could come over.
After a couple of hours, an exam & x-rays we were headed home with our poop catchers, lots of gloves and tongue depressors (apparently they also work for digging in feces-eewww). The barrette made it safely down her esophagus and was just sitting there at the top of her tummy. I could see it plain as day on the x-rays. Now we just have to wait and pray that it goes through the lower intestine as smoothly as it went through the esophagus. Oh and did I mention that we have to go through her poop until we find it? I told Julia that she was going to have to do this part. She doesn't believe me!!!
Julia was a trooper through the whole thing. Scott and I did have a serious talk with her about why we don't put things in our mouths that don't belong there. Hopefully we will all learn a lesson from this incident!!