This post was written by Julie Douglas. Photo: Mimi Haddon/Getty Images.
Recently my 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter went berry picking, which sounds like a delightful Sunday morning diversion. Except that we weren't on a family trip to connect with nature; my husband and I were with our daughter in the backyard staring at the rotting soffits on our house debating whether to replace or paint them when we noticed our little one was wearing a shocked look on her face. Which was followed by reddening cheeks and shrieks.
She had plucked a wooden-like berry from the stem of a heavenly bamboo plant and stuck it up her right nostril.
Two flashlight inquiries and five sinus sprays later, we determined that the berry was not to be dislodged so easily. Did I mention it was Sunday? Our options weren't great -- an urgent care center 45 minutes away or a children's emergency care center 10 minutes away. We chose the latter.
But before doing so, we made a last-ditch effort ofRead More »from Rite of Passage: A Berry Up the Nose