So yesterday, around 1:00pm, we found ourselves making an unexpected trip to the doctor’s office. Which, really, isn’t all that unusual for us. This time, however, it wasn’t for a sudden fever or puke or any of the other things we usually come in for.
No, yesterday we had to go in because Claire, for some unknown reason, decided that it would be a good idea to stick a chunk of hotdog up her nose.
I tried getting her to blow her nose. She tried several times to jam her finger up there. I tried getting her to blow her nose again. Nothin’. So off we went.
When I told the receptionist why we were there, she could barely stop laughing long enough to get the ticket typed up. Claire was…slightly majorly embarrassed. I called Chase at work & asked him if he had a minute to talk to Claire. I handed her the phone & said “why don’t you tell Daddy why we’re at the doctor?” She shot me a dirty look & wailed “I don’t knooooooooow Daddy” then handed the phone back to me.
She wouldn’t tell anyone why we were there. The nurse asked her a few times, the doctor asked her a few times, I tried to get her to say why & each time she’d just look away & mumble “I don’t know.” Luckily our doctor’s office has several “Minor Emergency” rooms. As soon as the doctor flipped on the aspirator & tried to show Claire the tube she was going to use, she lost it. We finally had to just lay her back & shove the tube up her nose. I couldn’t believe the amount of hotdog that came flying out of there. I was expecting something maybe the size of a pencil eraser…it ended up being almost a 1/4″ chunk. Can someone please explain how she pulled that off??!
Once we were out of the room & getting stickers & suckers for both kids, I could.not.stop.laughing. And you can just imagine how happy that made Claire. She got a little lecture from the doctor about food going in her mouth, not her nose & we were on our way.
So this morning when I dropped her off at preschool, I told the teacher that they needed to keep an eye on her during crafts & snack time. And once the teacher stopped laughing, she told me that they actually have a name for it. “Nose Watch.”
Let’s just say Claire was happy to see me leave this morning.