French Fry

If you follow my rants on facebook, then you may remember my desperate plea for guidance regarding the unknown object stuck way back in Lil W’s nose last weekend.  I knew this day would come eventually, especially considering his obsession with his nostrils.  But I always assumed I would find it kinda cute or comical when he accidentally got a foreign object stuck in there.

It wasn’t funny.
Or cute.
And I was a wreck.

I think the part that had me worried the most, was that I had no idea what was stuck up there.
And of course, I was imagining the worst case scenario–things like screws, a battery, something sharp, something that would sprout.
At the time, I was unnerved by how calm Ben was about the whole situation–assuring me that everything would be okay.
In hindsight, of course, I see that once again, he was my balance–the calm in the storm I sometimes create.

After chatting with our on-call doctor, we decided to tough it out for the night until his office opened first thing in the morning. Needless to say, we were up all night.  And sure enough, as we were literally walking out the door to see the doctor, Lil W gave a huge sneeze all over Ben’s shoulder.

And out flew this giant hunk of…

And we couldn’t stop laughing.
Mostly from relief.
But also, at the thought of all the grief caused by a simple, once yummy french fry.

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    September 9, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Oh geez. That’s a pretty big piece too!! Glad it came out on its own. Little boys are something else. We had one incident with some peas and corn kernels. Hopefully there won’t be anymore. The joys of motherhood!

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    September 9, 2011 at 2:56 am

    aww so glad he is all better! That would be way traumatic for sure!

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    September 9, 2011 at 2:56 am

    OM Gosh, we had to take my youngest son into the ER three times for putting something up his nose. Once was bread, once a pea and I can’t remember the other thing but I know it was food. Each time it was up there pretty far and they had to extract it. Finally he got the message after the third time.

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    nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma
    September 9, 2011 at 3:06 am

    At least there wasn’t ketchup on it. LOL.

    This made my night.

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    September 9, 2011 at 3:13 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! That IS Funny!!! 🙂

    Of my 4 kids, only one of them has put something up their nose. She was in time out and found some of those big beads, the ones you can put on your hair when you go on a tropical vacation and braid your entire head. She put it ALL the way in there! It was SO high I could feel it on the OUTSIDE of her nose. We had to take her to the ER to get it out… Good memories with that child. Certainly not as funny as your little man’s experience.

    Gotta love those kids and their curiosity 🙂

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    Taryn Brown
    September 9, 2011 at 3:14 am

    My daughter stuck a bead up her nose while at our family cabin in the middle of the mountains. No hospital for miles and miles. I was a complete basketcase!!!! Luckily my sister-in-laws (my hubby wasn’t there yet) were few more together than I and got her to blow really hard and out it popped. Many prayers and lots of tears were shed until then though. So glad it came out and it’s something you can look back at and laugh 🙂

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    September 9, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I know it was probably awful for you guys but it makes a funny story! 🙂

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    September 9, 2011 at 3:14 am

    aaaahhh – oh my goodness! that is too funny!!

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    Natalia Simmons (@NataliaLSimmons)
    September 9, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Oh my goodness that’s hilarious! I haven’t had to go through that yet, but I am sure with two boys it will happen sooner or later!

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    [email protected]
    September 9, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I love that kid! I weren’t you once dying to get him to eat? Now you are dying for him to eat in the right hole!

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    Summer @ Made By Munchie's Mama
    September 9, 2011 at 3:45 am

    So glad it was only a french fry! And even more glad he saved you from your office co-pay 😉

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    Christine Brown
    September 9, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Haha. I remember one time my nephew got a leaf stuck up his nose, it bothered him all weekend! Glad it was nothing serious and its out!

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    Becca {While You Were Napping}
    September 9, 2011 at 3:58 am

    O.M.G. Love that you made it through together and had a sense of humor about it all. 🙂 My little one is 11 months, and I *know* we’re going to find ourselves in this situation sooner rather than later. <3

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    September 9, 2011 at 4:00 am

    What is it with the little ones sticking things in their nose???
    Out of three kids, we only had one incident – I think every parent must have one that did it!
    So glad it’s out – you poor mama!

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    September 9, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Funny…but GROSS, too! (Sorry!) Hehe 😀

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

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    mama marchand
    September 9, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Oh my goodness! That’s a huge honkin’ (pun intended) piece of french fry. 😉 Glad he’s okay and that you survived it, mama! That IS scary!

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    Erica @ Acire Adventures
    September 9, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Hilarious! I remember my panic when my son first shoved a cheerio up his nose. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for it to be stuck in there ALL NIGHT! Glad to hear he’s fine. 🙂

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    Ashley C.
    September 9, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Oh my!! This made me smile! I always liked putting things in my ears, so I can relate… But a sneeze wouldn’t get the styrofoam out…. 😀

    -Many Smiles!!

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life
    September 9, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Oh geez…so how long will it be before you let him near French fries again?? Loool 🙂

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    September 9, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Oh my goodness…that is such a funny story!! So happy for the ending! I can imagine how worried you would be, I’d be the same way!! Glad it all turned out ok! 🙂

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    September 9, 2011 at 4:42 am

    OMGoodness! My daughter got a pecan stuck up her nose at 19mo. We had to go to the ER to have it removed. So traumatic for both momma and child. Why did we think our lives were busy or interesting before children???? Nothing compares to their dramas!

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    September 9, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I wish I would have seen your desperate plea, but my laptop crashed. Anyways, if this ever happens again I have a doctor free solution.

    If a kiddo sticks something up their nose. Plug the free nostril and blow into their mouth like you are doing CPR. The pressure will cause the obstruction to come flying out the nostril. A nurse showed that to my best friend after she was told she would have to wait 8 hours in the ER to be seen by a doctor for an eraser being stuck up her daughters nose.

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    September 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

    LOL!!!! Omg’sh I would have been a wreck too..thinking the worst. Too funny that a sneeze is all it too 😉

    When I was 3, I stuck a fruit snack up my nose. My dad was trying to pull it out when i suddenly sniffed and UP when the fruit snack out of his reach. He took me to the hospital my mom works at and a doctor removed it. I bet my dad would have much rather me sneezed it out! heehee!

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    Stephanie @
    September 9, 2011 at 6:18 am

    If two comments show up I’m sorry, my computer is having issues. Anyway, what I said in my last comment is that I would have totally freaked out if my girl did that and I’m thinking I better start teaching her now how to blow out of her nose on command so I might have some luck if that happens.

    The other thing that I said, which may come up now twice is that in your FAQ it says that you would be telling your story of how you became Mormon sometime soon. I’m really interested in your story and would love it if you gave it some thought to write it soon. Have a great night!

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    Jen B
    September 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    LOL….our first experience with something up the nose was in a hotel room, on vacation…when my son then 2 decided to rip up tiny pieces of paper from the hotel brochures and stuff and shove them up his nose. we had to call the front desk for tweezers!! And ended up driving around looking fora drugstore! Kids!!

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    September 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I love it! What a funny story to tell. I fear for the day my little guy puts something up his nose. No tellin’ what that will be!

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    September 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Glad everything is ok. Once, when I was 8 and my sister was 4 I made a “fancy” dinner for my family. My mom helped me make spaghetti & I made menus, and even set out a little bowl of tick tacs as after dinner mints. My sister his under the table and wouldn’t come out. When my dad asked her what was wrong she said, “I think it might be all the tic tacs I put up my nose.” They melted and got all congealed and gross and my dad spent the whole dinner pulling tic tac goo out of her nose with tweezers. I was so mad!

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    September 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Ohmygoodness…My youngest son put macaroni up his nose when he was about 2. I am normally the calm in the storm and I was completely unnerved when the kids called me home from work. We tried and tried and just like you said… He sneezed this nasty sneeze and not one but two huge bloated pieces of macaroni flew out all over my daughter. I think I caused him more stress than the macaroni! But I’m still traumatized from the whole thing and he’s 7 now! Haha!

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    September 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Too funny, although it probalby wasn’t at the time. Things like these make the best stories for future generations tho! I’ll never forget the story my mom told us abut her brother getting mad, biting off a G.I. Joe’s head (those little green army men), and shoving the head up his nose. On purpose! Needless to say his point wasn’t well received because he was the one held down and had to get it taken out with tweezers! Thankful this story turned out so well!!

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    Lindsey S
    September 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    So glad he is ok! You will have to remind him of this when he’s a teenager!

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    September 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I’m so glad it came out and wasn’t too traumatic (for Baby W, anyway). At daycare’s insistence, we rushed our son to the ER when he had an m&m stuck up his nose. By the time the doctor saw him, it had melted! Lesson learned…

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    September 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I know it was probably awful for you guys the first night but I just can’t stop laughing.. I knew I just had to comment here. That was a big chunk of French Fry! I guess, he was saving it for later. Hahaha.! Good thing you have a blog to show Lil W when he grows up and show how silly he was. This made my day.. hahahaha.. Yes, I’m still laughing.. =)

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    Maria-Isabel @Agape Love Designs
    September 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Oh that is a huge looking chunk of fry! wow! Well I am glad he sneezed it out before having to go to the Doctor’s!!

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    Maureen Polderman
    September 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Ok, you may have just single-handedly cured me of my french-fry addiction! My thighs will thank you =) So glad Little W’s ok!! I would be freaking out too 😉

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    September 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I am so glad he is okay, and I have to say, I laughed so hard. Ashley you have the most amazing stories and you are seriously one of those girls i would LOVE to meet and be friends with. Thanks for the laugh!

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    Katy Taylor
    September 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I can imagine the fear that you were feeling! When my brother was about 3, he took a Nerf football, tore it apart and stuck pieces up his nose :0( I’m almost 8 years older than he is so I was old enough to worry and know what was going on. Once the doctor removed all the pieces and we knew he was going to be ok, we had to laugh.

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    Stephanie Ulrich
    September 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I am so glad you got it out. My cousin’s kid stuck a whole french fry way way up his nose and they had no idea…until he started smelling. Like stinking really bad. Finally they took him to the Dr because nothing would take care of the smell, and the doc extracted a moldy french fry that had been up there for WEEKS! Gross, no?

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    ana {bluebirdkisses}
    September 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Aw man that is huge! Its not just a little chunk, at least it looks massive in the picture! Poor baby W 🙁 How on earth did it get lodged up there though :S I really hope that baby J never has to go through anything like that. eek!

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    September 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I can so relate to this!! My two youngest both did this – One was partial to raisins, while the other loved to stuff peas up his nose. Yes, I have extracted many small objects from nostrils using tweezers. The first time I knew something was stuck in my daughter’s nose, I was SO worried! But the same thing happened…after a couple days the giant sneeze came and a raisin came flying out. Ah, the joys of motherhood. ;0)

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    September 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Haha! I know how you and Baby W feel! My son never stuck anything up his nose, surprisingly, but one time I ended up with a french fry in my nose. It was only about 8 years ago too so I was in my 20s. I was on the phone and I took a bite of a french fry. Most of the fry. I was talking and somehow it got sucked up into my sinuses the back way! So not only was there a FF in my nose, but it was clear at the back so I ended up blowing my nose for over an hour until finally the FF came out bit by bit. So embarrassing.

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    tara pollard pakosta
    September 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    next time, try some pepper in front of his nose to make him sneeze right away so you don’t have to be up all night worried!!! ha!!!!
    cute story and glad he’s okay!

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    September 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Oh! Glad it was only a small piece of fry!!! I have 3 kiddos and some experience with foreign objects up the nose — if the object is not too far up there you can open your containger of black pepper and make them take a big whif — most of the time the pepper will make them sneeze hard enough the object will come out!! My great great aunt told me she used that trick many, many years ago on her children and it works most of the time!
    Have a great day.

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    Aneta Kudasik
    September 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Too funny! Too cute!!

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    Ashley Meyer
    September 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Glad he’s okay and glad it was only a FRENCH FRY! Scary and comical 🙂

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    September 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    My son used to stick Legos up his nose. The single round piece that’s just the perfect size of the nostril. My husband worked nights, so the first time this happened, I called him in a panic. He told me to hold the other nostril closed and then blow into his mouth. Sure enough, out came the Lego. I had to do this several times before the kid learned that the nose is not a pocket.

    Good thing it was a french fry! My friend’s son did beans, and yes, they sprouted. Yuck!

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      Samantha Grey
      September 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      I will have to remember this trick!!

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    September 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    my nose horror was over a popcorn kernel. boys!

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    Samantha Grey
    September 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Everyone or almost everyone has a story about objects shoved up noses!!! My (at the time) 3 year old got a hold of a key chain flash light, disassembled it , and put the battery WAY up his nose! It was one of those little round flat batteries, about as big around as a pea and maybe 2 mm thick. Yeah we freaked out too, so did our little guy! He didn’t understand what was going on or how to get it out so he kept inhaling through his nose! Luckily my hubby thought to go get the, very long, very skinny, tweezers from his fishing tackle box (yes, the ones you use to get the hook out of the fish’s mouth) to remove the little battery. Otherwise, we would have had to drive about an hour to the hospital!
    Glad your buddy is A-OK!

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    Tenille Blackett
    September 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I can totally relate to this. My 2 year old stuck a piece of foam up his nose while getting babysat and we didn’t realize it was up there until we noticed what we thought was his breath smelling. On Christmas night we realized it wasn’t his breath but his snot that was smelling and when we looked up his nose we saw the foam. We couldn’t get it and had to take him to the ER where they had to knock him out and when the doctor retrieved the piece of foam he about threw up because the smell was so rancid. Most memorable Christmas ever. And expensive too:)

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    September 10, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Oh my goodness! That’s scary and hilarious all at the same time. Can’t believe how big it was!

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    September 10, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I would have been freaking out too. My mind always goes to worst case scenerio & especially when it involves my children. I’m glad you all can laugh about it now. A french fry, who would have ever dreamed?

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    Kailie Breitenstein
    September 10, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Too funny! That reminds me, when I was about Lil’ W’s age, I stuck a bean up my nose. By the time I had gotten to the doctors, it had sprouted!!!!

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    September 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    New Follower! Love your blog! This post is so funny! Glad he was ok, and it was just a french fry! 🙂

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    September 11, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Our 4-year-old daughter recently shocked us by putting Polly Pocket doll shoes up her nose. She’d never done anything like that before, and I don’t think she’ll do it again. We had to go to Immediate Care and have them extracted with forceps. Cost about $200 and that’s with insurance!! Glad a big sneeze worked for your little guy. 🙂

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    September 11, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I teach preschool and I had a little one stick a googly eye up his nose during school YIKES! Luckily he sneezed it out a few minutes later. Boys can be so entertaining LOL. glad it all worked out!

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    September 12, 2011 at 1:41 am

    That’s too funny!! This reminds me of the time my daughter stuck several nerds up her nose when she was three. We had to take her to the doctor and he used long tweezzers to extract them all. It’s been fun to read all the comments as well.

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    Erica Schultz
    September 12, 2011 at 4:29 am

    My son has had 3 occurences witht he object up the nose scenario. Item #1, crayon, item #2 barbie shoe, item #3 popcorn kernel. Seriously, I don’t understand the up the nose thing. I managed to stay clear out of the er with all of these yet I can only attribute the lack of losing it to my meds.


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    September 13, 2011 at 3:39 am

    So I have to tell you that i read this post the other day and now I can’t look at a fry the same haha. I thought of you today as I fed my 1 year old fries 🙂

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    September 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    My son put something up his nose, a bead. I didn’t want to pay $$$ if the doctor was going to do something super simple. I tried tweezers, but ended up calling my friends hubby who is a doctor. My husband held him upside down, I plugged his other nostril, and i blew HARD into his mouth and it came out.

    for next time…

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    September 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    A few months ago my son was picking his nose like all little 3 yr olds do and it was bleeding well I decided to look up his no for what ever reason and saw what looked like a booger well when I couldnt get it with my finger I grab the tweezers and pulled it out. No it was not a booger but an inch long peice of cotton I am sure was all the way up in his sinuses. Before I pulled it out he had the worst breath ever that wouldnt go away guess it was the cotton causing the rotting smell since it cleared up. I had to take him to the er to because it looked pretty nasty in his nose and wanted to make sure I got it all out. He has not put anything else up thier since. This wasnt the first thing I pulled out of his nose before he has stuck crayons and noodle too. For the noodle those were still pretty low so I just pulled them out and the crayons were up to high so I shot saline up the otehr side of his nose and it pushed it out on the other side.

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    March 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Im so glad i came accross this while looking to see if i should take my little one to the er. She is almost three and just a bit ago came to me saying her nose hurt. I thought I would have her blow her nose. To my huge suprise out came a few little pieces of orange. Then a huge piece of orange peel. First thought… PANIK! Thencall the dr. We are gonna wait a bit and hopefully no more orange.

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