A bead in the ear

You’d think that was an Aussie colloquialism for something. But…it’s not. Joshua really has a bead in his ear.

He and Lizzy were cleaning up the play area Saturday arvo (afternoon) when (she says) she put the small, plastic craft bead in his right ear. He took it out, then put it back in. And it stuck. Stuck far enough down we couldn’t get to it. Nor could the after-hours doctor nor the ER doctor at the children’s hospital. Even after 3 attempts, including a bit of gas (in hopes he’d calm down enough for her to have one more go), the bead is still there.

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Pray for him? In a few hours, at 11pm (Central time) Thursday, he sees an ear/nose/throat doctor to see if they can get it out. If not, he’ll have to go under general anesthesia and have surgery. 

Thankfully since Saturday, he hasn’t complained of any pain, nor had any temperature spike or hearing loss.

Saturday night’s plans changed with The Bead. We’d planned a date night to see a footy game  with a sweet girl from church to watch the kids. In some ways it worked well to have Caley here to watch Lizzy so both Scott and I could go to the ER with him, since we didn’t know how long we’d be there.

An unexpected gift was my good friend’s–near Aussie sister–offering for us to do a date re-do (sans footy) on Tuesday night. Thank you, Alyssa!

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I never thought I’d have to tell kids this age to not put things up their nose or ears, but…I think I may need to rethink my assumptions of my 3- and 5-year olds.

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6 thoughts on “A bead in the ear

  1. MaryJo May 26, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    been there, only not the ear, but nose. My oldest son, between 2 & 3 put a gripper snap up his nose. Not able to talk well enough, he kept pointing to his nose, and I kept thinking how cute, reinforcing yes this is his nose. The outcome was easier than you describe and the pediatrician got it out by blowing in his mouth. I feel what you are feeling, thinking I wasn’t an observant enough mom, but things happen. Kids are Kids. I will pray that this resolves without surgery. Bless you.

  2. Melissa Crabtree May 26, 2016 / 11:44 pm



  3. Jan Childers May 26, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Hi Happened to my granddaughter and the same thing, they really worked at getting it out. We even tried a magnet, but since it is plastic, that doesn’t work. Praying it comes out and he won’t have to have surgery.

  4. Eileen Teinert May 26, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Oh my. Praying for you all right now b

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  5. Becca Tingstrom May 27, 2016 / 9:10 am


    When I was 5 and my mom was literally in the hospital giving birth to Matt, I was playing with a neighbor and swallowed a penny. It got stuck and I had to get rushed to hospital in an ambulance to get it out. I remember having the oxygen mask and everything on me while we went.

    I can completely understand the bead thing. It’s crazy how things like that happen. Praying all goes well for him and you guys. Thankfully, when I was little I ended up vomiting the penny out before they had to do surgery. 🙂 hopefully all will go well and he won’t have to go through surgery.

    Becca T

  6. Marge Lindgren May 27, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Praying that the bead can easily be removed—or just fall out. May the Awesome God be with you. Marge & Chuck

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