We had a very eventful night last night - we spent several hours in the Pediatric ER with Harrison. It was about 5pm and I was making dinner. Jesse was eating an apple and was feeding some to Harrison. He got a slice and walked out of the room and a few seconds later we heard choking sounds. We ran into the room and started patting his back as he tried to get the chunk of apple out. Harrison could scream/cry as he exhaled but couldn't really get any air in. Every time he tried to breathe in, you could hear the chunk of apple stopping the air flow.
Now, this actually happens pretty often. Harrison chokes on food about every other week. It's always very scary but he usually can get it out on his own. He's never completely stopped the air flow, but always seems to get it halfway stuck where he's crying and breathing out but not very much is getting in.
I tried to swoop my finger in the back of his mouth to get the piece of apple out. Harrison reacted by biting me really hard. I felt the piece and as I tried to scoop it out, he was fighting me so hard, I ended up accidentally pushing it up the back of his throat into the nasal cavity. I knew immediately that it wasn't a good thing, but I wasn't about to try and get it out again. He was breathing but upset and seemed to be in pain. His nose started bleeding immediately and he was screaming and seemed very uncomfortable.
After a few minutes it was clear that it wouldn't come out on its own and he was very upset. We called his doctor's on call line and a nurse told us to take him to the ER. She said it wasn't out of the question to get an ambulance, but I felt like we didn't need one. He was upset but breathing and just uncomfortable. We got to the Pediatric ER at Strong and they made sure his O2 levels were fine (100%) and we met with the doctor after awhile. They said with this type of situation, they don't like to be really invasive and sedate him and go in there, since it usually works itself out. They kept saying because he was pretty calm at that point that it was likely already gone and Harrison was just uncomfortable from swelling.
After discussing it with another doctor, they actually ended up deciding to give him a mild sedative that would just calm him down, and then push a tube up his nose down his throat to make sure it was clear on either side.
After a few hours of waiting, we finally were able to do the 2 minute procedure and he hated it, but it seemed like the tube was able to pass. We all just hoped and assumed that things were ok. We got home a little after 9 and were finally able to feed Harrison. He hadn't eaten since 11ish that morning. He was exhausted but ate some and went to bed. He woke up screaming after 20 or so minutes and went right back down. He kept waking up screaming and seemed so uncomfortable - he was up every 20-30 minutes. We finally brought him to bed with us and although it didn't help him sleep, it was easier than getting out of bed and trying to calm him down in the crib. Finally around 1 or 2 am he started sleeping longer. He got up sporadically the rest of the night but was much better. He woke up super happy around 7:20 and I noticed the chunk of apple in bed next to me. No wonder he was up half the night - it was in there all along. We are so glad he's fine today - no signs of damage or pain anymore. He just got up from a long nap and we are all hopeful for more sleep tonight.
Harrison was hilarious when he was doped up. He laid down and just was grinning at the O2 sensor on his toe and kept wiggling his toe back and forth.
He put his fruit snack on his lips like this and couldn't stop laughing.
We are so grateful for our health and that Harrison is ok. I guess we just like to hit up the ER 3 weeks before my due date - we were in for an emergency appendectomy for Jesse when I was pregnant with Harrison. Here's hoping that we won't keep up the tradition with the next baby.
We were strongly encouraged to meet with an ENT or similar doc to rule out any physical reasons that he chokes so often. I wouldn't be surprised if he has Jesse's annoyingly large adenoids and messed up nose.