In the past, Luke would play with a piggy bank I have and put the coins into the bank. He has done that for months with no thought of putting the coins in his mouth. So, even with a (near) 4 year old, you think you can trust them. 🙂
Last night, as he was playing and our backs were turned, he came up with the idea of putting a bunch of coins in his mouth. A moment later, we heard choking. After a few tense moments, he was able to cough up (out) four pennies. After that, he seemed to be breathing ok, and he was able to blow (it seemed like a good test to try at the time). However, he was saying “it hurt” and pointing his finger to his throat. He even took my finger and tried to put it down his throat to be sure I knew it hurt.
So, without being sure if he had more coins that might be stuck in there, we bolted for the hospital. We considered an ambulance, but figured an X-Ray would be involved and that would need to be done at the hospital. As we sat in the waiting area, Luke was obviously feeling better. We were starting to feel a little “silly” for bringing him as he is bouncing off the walls and such among so many other children that are obviously not feeling as well. However, we knew that if we had not brought him, we would have been second guessing that decision all night.
After some time at a very busy hospital (which is great even when they are busy), we were informed that he did not have any more coins in his system.
Just another evening in the life of raising this little fellow that continually brings us so much joy. He makes every day an adventure.
PS. That remote thing didn’t last long either, since he found the nurse call button.