Zoey was eating some cashews this morning - you can connect the dots. So, I tried one of those nasal aspirator things - she screamed and kicked and made it virtually impossible for me to get near her nose. I thought I might've gotten one or two little snorts out of it, so I calmed her down and she let me take another look with the flashlight. At this point I couldn't see anything, her little nose was too puffy. I called the pediatrician's office and they said, "Oh, you'll have to see an ENT - here's some phone numbers."
I called the first one. A very nice lady answered the phone, but very nice doesn't mean very helpful. The doctor was in surgery and when I asked what I should do, if I needed an appointment right away, all she could tell me was, "I'm sorry - the doctor handles stuff like this, I don't know." So, I called the next one and thankfully got an appointment for a short time later. Meanwhile, Zoey calmed down, had some juice, watched some cartoons and seemed totally fine.
My personal experience with doctors is that there is never anything wrong enough with me that they can actually do something for me besides the basic - rest, liquids, blah blah blah. But you know, something is stuck up the kid's nose, so it can't be a waste of my time or money to take her to a specialist, right? Wrong.
We had checked in at the front desk, paid the co-pay and were in the intake room with the nurse answering the myriad medical history questions when Zoey sneezed. And there, on the nice tiled floor lay a small hunk of cashew. You have got to be kidding me. The nurse looked pretty stunned and said, "Well, do you want to go on with this, or just leave?" Damn right I'm having her examined - I already paid for it!
|The offending little nut.|