Saturday, February 14, 2009
Random stuff I have pulled out of noses
As my time at my current job winds down, I thought I would post about the perils of foreign bodies in random orifices. Luckily, children usually have a humorous tale behind how and why things get up their noses, ears, etc. On the other hand, when teenagers have foreign bodies anywhere, usually is reminiscent of that guy from the "Appalachian ER" sketch on SNL - those foreign bodies tend to be cringeworthy (and another post for another day).
Demographics: typical patient is a male under 4 years of age. Girls do it too, just not as often. Anyone older than that usually gets the "you are old enough to know better" speech from me. For some reason, boys cannot resist the urge to stick things in very painful to remove places - a precursor to their love for movies like "Jackass".
Things I have removed from noses and ears:
-jellybeans (around Easter time) and other random candy
-hairbeads (a personal favorite to remove, because the convenient hole in the middle makes it easy to get out)
-pumpkin seed (around Halloween)
-parts of an iPod earpiece
-pieces of makeup applicators
-popcorn kernels and other pieces of food (carrots and peas seem to be popular)
-other various pieces of plastic that have been rendered unidentifiable by prolonged exposure to boogers
Their reasons for putting these things where I have to get them out varies from boredom, to seeing someone do it on TV to being double dared by a friend. Hey, whatever. It keeps me in business :-D