Thursday, September 3, 2009

I Didn't Know This Could Happen ???

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It was orange Trident Gum

Call me crazy... but when I chew gum... I just chew the gum.

When our 20 year old son came home last night... he immediately told me he accidentally inhaled the gum he was chewing and it went up into his nose.

What?

Needless to say..he got my attention immediately.

With lightening speed all these thoughts went through my brain before he explained. I had an instant flashback of the pearl onion stuck up his brother's nose (when he was a baby) that I retrieved with tweezers and of the vitamin (same brother shoved up his nose.. that I didn't find had melted until I spent money on taking him to an ear, nose and throat specialist. I was a relatively new mother and went for the specialist as I thought it was serious. :) and I thought of my friend's daughter who shoved a pussy willow up her nose. her father brought her into the ED when I was working. All she had to do was blow hard and it popped back out.

I was also wondering if the gum was all sticky and stuck up in there and was that dangerous if it went down into his lungs? You know... like could he get plugged up and unable to breathe? (Remember..I don't have a medical license... so of course I momentarily , but internally panicked)

I asked how he did that? How did you suck it up from your mouth into your nostril? ???

He said it didn't go up his nostril.

What?

He said he was laughing and somehow sucked it up into the back of his throat and up intothe back of his nose. (Thank God it went up and not down!)

WHAT... HOW did you DO that? And Where is it now? Is it still up there?

Son... was now laughing.

I wasn't because I was envisioning me looking up his nose grabbing gum with a pair of tweezers or an ED visit.

Did you blow it out?"

Yes.

I felt instant relief.

I asked what it felt like and he said it "It sucked! I thought I was gonna have to go to the ER."

Then he said his friend J wanted to know if he could breath alright and after he said he could his friend was laughing. :) Son said he tried to make himself sneeze and then just blew hard while pressing one nostril closed and it popped out of the other nostril. (Does *nostril* seem like a weird word? I'm having one of those it seems like a weird word moment :)

What are the odds of inhaling your chewing gum up into your nose?

So ... are we not supposed to chew gum and laugh?

I've never heard of such a thing happening. I didn't know you could inhale a foreign body upward into your nose.

Thankfully he is alright now. :)

8 comments:

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Praise the Lord your son is alright. It is really frightening when we are confronted with accidents to our loved ones. It sometimes drive us to panic. Good thing nothing serious happened to your son. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Chrysalis Angel said...

I'm glad he's okay. That said, I have to tell you, I laughed reading that. I was thinking where's John right about now?

Sea, you are something else.

SeaSpray said...

Hi Mel and Angel - thanks..I'm so glad he's alright because i hate to think what would happen if it went the other way. Thank God for his protection!

Angel..these weird things just happen. I should put them together..the funny stuff all in one blog. Have to think of a name for a collection of funny stories. :)

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Dreaming again said...

LOL I'm so very glad he's ok! What our kids (even adult kids) won't do!!!

My oldest (who will be 20 next month) is the only one who got anything in his nose. Thank goodness it was just a vitamin that disolved as he cried. I didn't have to do anything...but hold him till the trauma was over.

For ME ...the stuff going UP the back of the throat and into my nose is a common (possibly weekly event) with Myasthenia my muscles involved in chewing and swallowing are a bit disfunctional ..and I'll swallow ..and it will go up instead of down. But as you said ..better than into the lungs. I've gotten more than my fair share of sinus infections as a result ...

oh ...the word verification nonse ... too funny, when I first saw it I saw nose

SeaSpray said...

Hi Dreaming Again - That must be so uncomfortable and scary when that happens to you. I didn't realize one could get a sinus infection from it.

Thankfully you are alright too.

I wish I knew the vitamins melt. I was so scared when that happened.

What an apropos word verification! :)

John McElveen said...

Everyone NOSE you are supposed to park your chewing gum on the bedpost overnight! Also snorting Gum is a gateway drug. 1st it's gum, then you go onto the harder stuff like Twizzlers, and before you know it, you are laughing up a storm watching old 3 Stooges Movies just to get a Gummie Bears stuck up there!

Keep an aye on him, for slipping grades, bubbles, popping noises etc! These are subtle warning signs of a growing problem in America. Gum Snorting

J

SeaSpray said...

John... you are HILARIOUS! Your comment was the first thing I read and I laughed out loud!

Btw..I'm using it in a post. I'll give credit where credit is due. :)

Thanks for the laugh. :)