Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fingernail Polish and BeeBee's

So yesterday was a crazy day for me. Just one of those days where I want to just go hide in my closet and not come out. I of course was really tired from the previous night (see previous post) and Darren had left for work at 4am and wouldn't be back till late. Ethan was let out of school early every day this week because of some teacher in-service thing or another, not really sure. Any way, I was just frazzled. The kids were playing so I decided to jump in the shower, that always makes ya feel better. I get out to find the two boys still playing nice thankfully, but Lily had found a bottle of DARK RED finger nail polish and decided to dump it all over our white carpet. By this point in the day, it didn't even phase me. I just got dressed and started to clean up an impossible mess to clean up. I don't think there is a solution to getting red fingernail polish out of white carpet, but if anyone has some miracle cure, let me know. So I'm sitting on the floor trying to get some of it up. Lily had been sitting by me and then started to crawl under our bed. She found 2 beebee's under our bed and was playing with them. Then I looked at her and they were gone. I said "where's the beebee's?" She said "in my ears". I said "Are you serious?" she whispered "yes". So I look in her ears and can't see anything but a dark hole, I get a flashlight and look in deeper and sure enough, deep down in each ear canal is a beebee! What in the world. This little girl was on a role of ticking her mom off. Not even a month ago she had shoved an eraser up her nose at church. Is this a girl thing? My boys never shoved stuff in their "holes" on their head. So, the kids were hungry, I needed to be cooking dinner, but now I'm worried about what to do to get these beebee's out. They were too deep to even try and get out with any kind of tool. So I cooked dinner, fed the kids, didn't want to take all 3 to the e.r. or an urgent care clinic. So I tried to flush her ears out. First I used some ear wax drops that dissolves all ear wax in the ear, then I flushed it with hydrogen peroxide, hoping it would "bubble" out the beebee. Nothing worked. They just sat there in her ear canal. Darren was at the gun range for work and had no reception on his phone so I couldn't get a hold of him. I called my mom and the first thing she says to do, is literally tip Lily upside down like doing a hand stand. So we do that, at first nothing, then I look and the right ear had the bee bee sitting right at the hole! Yeah, so I was able to get that one out. But the left one was deeper and not budging. So then Darren finally gets home from work. He tries to think of what to do, and then comes up stairs with a "mig-shift" paper clip that he bent straight, curled the end into a tiny tip with his pliers and had been rubbing on some magnets to magnetize the paper clip. I'm thinking "okay MacGyver"! But guess what? It worked. He got the paper clip magnetized slipped it into her ear carefully and we heard the "click" of the beebee hitting the paper clip and he pulled it out! Thank goodness for mom's and husbands. Her idea worked on one ear and his on the other. I wouldn't have thought of either. I'm just glad we were able to avoid a visit to the urgent care clinic or e.r.
So moral of this story, if your kids put stuff in their ears, tip them upside down, or have your husband MacGyver something to help! And don't ever leave nail polish within the sight of a 2 year old little girl!

9 comments:

Alan said...

"...didn't even phase me." lol

Frustrating day, I'm sure, but it makes for a great story. Thanks for sharing it.

(Pretty awesome magnetized-paperclip-trick)

Slaugh Family said...

Oh robin, that sounds like a typical day at our house, it is always something, and on the carpet try to use white vinegar, it is really good to use on stains, I used it on my mother in laws whit carpet to get fake blood out of it when a halloween sword broke. Good luck to you.

Briana said...

Oh man, girl . . . it must be a girls thing! None of that happens at OUR house!! LOL!! Way to go Darren. That would totally be something Jason would have done, too. Thanks for sharing, I'm impressed you were able to stay so calm!

Cassidy said...

oh man. wow. Way to go Darren! I'll keep both those in mind! Oh yeah, next time try using a syringe, like the nose suction one, and squirt it out, GENTLY, but it should work. That's what my audiologist( ear) professor recomends.

Kate said...

can i just say, wow? umm....i don't know how you just roll with the punches! you are my HERO!

Rick, Debi, and Loni said...

Holy cow!!! I think maybe you should keep bugs that like warm little holes to lay eggs away from Lily. You never know she may one day have little baby things coming out of her ears! Gross! Sorry, but doesn't that make bee-bees seem harmless? Just thought it would make you feel better. Like I said, your family stories would make for a great movie!Debi

Our House said...

About those beebees... I can't believe you stayed calm enough to fix dinner. Way to go! And the carpet... yeah Cameron once spilled silver model paint on his bedroom carpet. I'm pretty sure it's still there.

Shan said...

Is there ever a dull moment at the Conner house?! Oh, what a scare for you with Lily's ears. Glad you guys got them out...

Cara said...

OMG I know a woman whose little brother put bebeesin her ear when she was sleeping when thy were little and they never got it out! Needless to say she had a horrible time with it until they took it out about 5 years later! She had horrible dizzy spells and such, you are very lucky that you were paying attention and got those out before they caused problems! Super Mom!