A couple of
weeks ago my 8 year old daughter Arielle started complaining of her ear hurting
where the piercing hole is. It looked
all red and I asked her how long it had been hurting. She told me a few days. When I touched the lobe
part it felt very swollen so I put some ear cleaner and alcohol on it and told
her she was not to wear any earrings until it cleared up.
next week she kept complaining and at one point she appeared slightly
hysterical and started yelling that she was pretty sure the backing of her
earring was stuck inside her ear. I
reassured her that I had never heard of such a thing and that I didn’t see how
that was even possible. I then went on to lecture her about how important it is
for her to take care of ears and that she was supposed to be cleaning them
every night. “This is why you now have
an infection young lady. You didn’t
clean them properly and then you kept changing your earrings all the time.”
Even though I was being quite the naggy bitchy mother she did agree that she
hadn’t been doing a very good job of keeping them clean, and promised she had learned
her lesson the hard way and would try to do a better job.
Her ear was
quite nasty and had quite a bit of puss coming out of the piercing hole, and the
other day I decided that if it continued like this over the long weekend she
would have to see the Doctor as it was quite possible that she needed some
So there we were
last night starting what had become our nightly ritual of me inspecting and
cleaning her ears. I took her ear lobe
and squeezed it gently to see if there was still puss inside and holy shit the
craziest thing ever happened! As I gently squeezed out popped – you guessed it –
the earring backing! It scared the crap
out of me as it sprung into the palm of my hand!
Here is the backing:
Poor Arielle freaked a bit but then began
crying out in glee because she had been right all along! The poor girl! I felt
so bad, I had been lecturing her for two weeks and yet it was the plastic
backing lodged in her ear piercing hole the whole time.
a neon blue polly pocket purse come out in her diaper when she was a baby, a
polly pocket shoe stuck up in her nose when she was about 3 or 4, and now she
can add this to her repertoire of objects getting stuck in various body parts!
shock wore off I realized just how dangerous these types of backings can be –
they are squishy and pretty small, and due to their clear color I didn’t see
anything at all in her ear hole! If it hadn’t come out when it did she could
have had some serious health issues.
you? Have you ever heard of this
Until next time