Thursday, 12 June 2008

A Screw Loose

I was over reading Danyelle's blog and it reminded me of this...

About five years ago, we took the kids in for dental appointments. Because I had been a single mom with no insurance for a long time, my kids had never been to the dentist before, so it was full x-rays for everyone. Everything went without a hitch until the dentist called me in to see my ten-year-old's x-ray.

"There's something odd here," he said. "It's metal. Have you ever been abducted by aliens?" he asked my daughter. (Yes, he really did say this.)

She looked at him funny and said no, while I looked at the x-ray funny and asked him what he thought it might be. He had no idea and suggested we take her to the doctor.

So a few days later we took her to the doctor who ordered more x-rays. At the x-ray lab, the technician called me in to look at the x-ray, saying she'd never seen anything like it. We took the pictures back to the doctor's office where he looked at them then called his colleague in to have a look as well. He even asked if we wouldn't mind him taking them to a conference he planned on attending.

So what was it...
...if you look closely you can see the threads on the screw. The offending screw had been in her sinus cavity long enough to start growing into the base of her sinuses and had to be surgically removed. We can only guess that she put it up her nose as a toddler but never complained about it. The doctors were amazed that she had never had sinus infections to give us any sort of clue. Can you just see us trying to go through airport security not knowing this was there?

Anyway, now the old saying "she has a screw loose" makes my whole family laugh. I don't think she'll ever live that one down.


Annette Lyon said...


Seriously, I gasped when I saw that. How bizarre! That's something you could put into a book and you'd have readers saying it's unrealistic and could never happen!

So glad she's okay.

The Golfing Librarian said...

I see it and STILL can't believe it!
Whatever happened to kids putting beans or peas up their nose like when we were kids?

Don said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I showed it to my family, and I believe my ten-year-old is now scarred for life! :-)

Don said...

BTW, congratulations on your Great Guavalicious Giveaway win. C'mon by and claim your prize.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Yay, I won...I can't wait to taste it.

Sorry about your ten-year-old. Imagine my daughter's surprise when she saw the blog.

"Mom, why is my picture on your blog?"

"It's just your skull, It's not like anyone will recognize you."

I think she's finally figured out that we as parents will do whatever we can to embarrass her.

Julie Wright said...

yikes!! Poor kid!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That's way worse than orange dinosaur fruit snacks up the nose. Wow.

Rachelle said...

Holy cow! That is so crazy and unbelievable that she never got sick.

Related Posts with Thumbnails