The little one gave all of us a big, big, big scare over the weekend. The stud we had put in one of her ears somehow got stuck in her piercing, so much so that the entire front portion of the earring disappeared! We tried to remove the earring, but we had to stop because she started bleeding from the piercing. She was, thankfully, fine otherwise – in no apparent pain, playing and talking normally.
The first ENT doctor we took her to just wasn’t ready to listen to us. We repeatedly told him that this wasn’t a new piercing, but he went on blaming the ENT who did the piercing (which was 2 years ago, BTW). Much to our horror, this guy suggested getting the bub admitted in hospital and operating her under general anesthesia. Common sense prevailed, and we decided to seek another opinion.
The husband and I rushed the bub to another hospital, another ENT. She said she could remove the earring, that she would have apply some ointment to numb the earlobe, that we would have to hold the little one’s head tightly. The proceedure would be done right there, in her chamber, in front of us, she said. She told us to be prepared for an incision too – she might have to make one, in the worst case. Almost tearfully, we gave her the go-ahead. Thankfully, the earring came out soon, with lesser fuss than we had expected, without the doctor having to make a cut. I couldn’t thank the doctor – and God – enough. We brought her home in an hour or so, and she is perfectly okay now.
Apparently, the screws we had put in the bub’s earrings had gotten infected, and one earring had sunk in. The other earring, too, would have gone in the same way, in a couple of days, had we not noticed. Phew! So much stress in the span of just a few hours! But then, there’s nothing like a visit to the emergency section in a children’s hospital to make you count your blessings in life. This incident has made me grateful and stronger, if not anything else.
All’s well that ends well, though. We have been asked to apply antiseptic gel on both her earlobes for about a week, and to rest the wounds for at least a couple of days before we try to put other earrings back on.