The buzzing noise from the game Operation freaked me out as a kid. Don’t judge. I have an exaggerated startle reflex. So I was relieved that when my kid received the game for his birthday, the game he got was actually defective and doesn’t buzz if you hit the metal sides. (Yes, we could just take out the batteries, but this one also has sound effects the need the batteries.) But after tonight, I think a healthy fear of this game is needed.
My kid was playing Operation today and decided…I really don’t know what. I have no idea what when through his mind when he stuck a game piece up his nose (the booger piece, for those of you familiar with the new version of the game). Being the caring mother that I am, I immediately thought of this:
After my kid realized that he had made a mistake in putting the green plastic booger up his nose, he tried to remove it and gave himself a nasty nose bleed. I wonder if he tried using the “surgical” tweezers from the game. I haven’t checked them for blood yet. So we go to the emergency room because I have no idea what else to do when my kid has a plastic booger up his nose and is gushing blood. All the way there, I keep thinking of this and hoping that this isn’t how the doctors are going to get the game piece out:
In the emergency room, I was alternating between laughing and crying. Because Oh my God! My poor baby can’t breathe! And Oh my God! This is so funny that he stuck the booger game piece up his nose! The doctor, nurse, and med student were all very good at not laughing too hard at my son and at removing foreign objects from noses. First, they used a suction thingie. When the piece was dislodged, the doctor went up his nose with tweezers. I had to bite my tongue from buzzing loudly like the game. But tweezing didn’t work. It pushed the plastic booger back up his nose. So after more suctioning and tweezing, my kid sneezes and out flies the game piece.
The doctor handed me the booger on a bit of gauze, figuring that we would need the piece so that we could play the game again. But I think we’ll be putting Operation away for a while. At least until I can bring myself to disinfect this booger.
Edited to add: I think my favorite part about this story is that when I was explaining what happened to my dad, he was telling me it was the green frog piece that belongs in the throat of Cavity Sam. First, no, I saw it, he didn’t. Second, why would you put a frog up your nose?