They look all sweet and innocent, oh yeah. They’re little. They’re plastic. It says “travel” on the box.
They also have magnets in the bottom of each piece, and so when I swiped a mouthful of them from Isla and counted that two pieces were missing, I got a little nervous and decided a trip to urgent care was in order. Ingestion of multiple magnets – especially strong magnets, which these were not – can be very dangerous if they get caught in the intestines and adhere to one another through intestinal walls. I combed the house for any sign of the last two pieces, but when I’d exhausted all the most likely options, we packed ourselves up and headed to the doctor.
Once there, the doctor and I agreed – we were sure the pieces were more likely to be lost in my house than lost in her GI tract. One, being plastic game pieces, they’re pretty nontasty. Two, she didn’t cough or sputter while swallowing, which we both agreed was likely had she actually swallowed them. But she ordered an x-ray anyway, just to be safe.
I held firm in my belief the missing pieces were just lost at home until they took us into a room to find out the results of the xray. We waited.
Had there been nothing, I’m sure they would have popped their head in the door and sent us on our way. But when 15 minutes passed, I was pretty sure what she was going to tell me.
Sure enough, the x-ray showed something of interest. Well, two things, really. First, she ate something. They’re not sure if it’s one or two somethings, but it was very clearly visible on the x-ray. Second, a mere four hours after ingestion, it had already moved to the lower left quadrant of her abdomen, the location where things go immediately before they exit the body. Apparently it normally takes around 30 hours for kids to digest food. So either Isla has a super crazy digestive system or she ate something I didn’t know about a day or two earlier and we’ll find out anytime now.
Because the objects were so low in her digestive system, the doctor felt we should give her until Monday to get rid of it on her own. Several poopy diapers later, we still haven’t found anything, so we’re heading back to the doctor tomorrow for follow-up.
So that’s been our fun for the weekend. Oh – did I mention Tahd left for his two-week work trip? Yeah. I think she saved this adventure just for me!
She’s pretty happy, so I’m hoping all is well in her little belly and the magnets will make it out tomorrow. I’m quite certain, however, that an urgent care visit, an x-ray, a doctor’s visit, and a follow-up x-ray are going to make this chess set the most expensive toy we own!
We’d love any prayers for quick passage. I’m not freaking out yet, but the longer it goes without them making their debut, the more concerned I get.