Monday, April 09, 2012

of peas & little batteries

when i was still in primary school, my 4-yr-old neighbour stuffed some green peas into her nose. her concerned parents 1st took her to a nearby barber shop. it must be out of desperation because up till now, i can't figure out why they brought her there, but those barbers manning the shop flatly refused to do anything because the girl was struggling & that wasn't helpful. in the end, they took her to a clinic. don't know what the GP did to calm her down - probably didn't but just asked her parents to restrain her while he successfully removed the offending peas.

fast-forward 4 decades & kids haven't changed much in their propensity to stick things into their noses. this girl, also 4-yr-old, started producing blackish secretions thru one nostril associated with pain. her parents brought her to hospital & she was under general anaesthesia to find out the cause of her nasal discharge. this was retrieved.....

it's a miniature battery, either from an autogate or car alarm remote. the difference between this & a pea, is that small currents flow when the battery come in contact with the moist tissue in the nostril, causing miniature burns. it's been in the nose for 2 weeks & that would explain the black-coloured secretions. it also caused a perforation of one of the inner walls of the nasal cavity.

i imagined, had that been a more powerful battery, would there be smoke coming out of the nose??

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15 comments:

Tempus said...

how'd the battery get into her nostrils?!!!!

These days kids play with too many electronics, seriously.

stay-at-home mum said...

yikes!! I sure hope my kids dont decide to stick something in but i know they love to take "things" out of their noses!!

doc said...

Tempus,

when you refer to "kids" & "electronics", does this include you?

doc said...

SAHM,

somehow, only the younger ones (pre-schoolers) do that, so you're quite safe!

Small Kucing said...

hope my son wont do that . Why the barber shop?

Tempus said...

oh i was a good kid~ haha i was interested in putting them together, not into me XD

doc said...

Small Kucing,

can't really predict what little kids will do. i myself still can't understand why the barber shop.

doc said...

Tempus,

now you must try to put your life together again!

:P

Yvonne Foong said...

If she had stuck a more powerful battery up her nose, her parents might first bring her to the fire department!

doc said...

Yvonne,

that may well be!

Cara Lim said...

I still *cough* do that ie stick stuff up my nose esp. when I am telling ghost stories in the dark. At the most exciting point of the story, I would slipped the tissue papers out from my pocket, rolled at one end and stick them partially up my nose and ears. Then, I'll switched on the torchlight and shine it up my face. **ROTFL** Maximum audience reaction is guaranteed. *grins*

doc said...

Cara,

ah, you're good with kids! wanna tell ghost stories at my son's next birthday party?

Alv0808 said...

That's very dangerous. Must watched them 24 hours..

doc said...

Alv,

it's impossible to watch over them 24/7. just trust that God will watch over them.

Tempus said...

oh what's with the :p man! haha yea im fixing it up now. In 6 weeks time all the nightmares will end, hopefully.