Thursday, July 12, 2006
What’s in there?
My daughter took our youngest granddaughter to the doctor last week for her yearly check-up and a booster shot of something for school.
During the examination, the doctor, while looking in Gremlin’s ears, said, “Hmmm, her tubes have slipped out and turned over.”
Her mother was perhaps more upset about this than the doctor thought warranted until he realized — Gremlin has never had tubes in her ears.
Being puzzled about the bright blue/green whatever it was in her ears, the pediatrician promptly sent Mom and Grem straight over to an ENT.
A bit later, Mom called laughing (perhaps a bit hysterically?). Seems like the ENT doctor used some sort of alligator something or other and pulled half of a pencil eraser out of Gremlin’s ear. Then, the doctor looked back in there to make sure she’d gotten everything and surprise, surprise, there was more.
By the time the doctor had finished extracting blue crayon, green crayon, yellow crayon and pencil eraser bits, from “both” ears, she was even laughing.
The doctor kept all the bits and pieces, we think to show off, and told Gremlin that she had won the prize for the most “stuff” collected out of ears.
Perhaps to Gremlin, the most amazing thing was she could hear!
She has had a rough time from her big sister and assorted other friends and relatives though.
“Eraserhead and/or eraserbrain” are fairly common nicknames for Grem at the moment.
And Pop sat her down and “talked” to her about poking stuff in ears, etc. He told her all sorts of gruesome stories about stuff her mother had done (swallowing screws, eating sulfur-tipped matches, etc.) and by the time he was through talking to Gremlin, she was back to not hearing again.
• We’re really lucky with our granddaughters though. Both of them love museums, etc. as much as Pop and I do, as well as their mother and uncle.
Years ago, when the aforementioned mother and uncle were still in high school, the King Tut Exhibit was at the then brand new Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn. My friend Jane and I took all our combined children to see King Tut and he was a huge hit!
King Tut is on exhibit now at the Field Museum in Chicago, Ill. (through Jan. 1, 2007). On permanent exhibit at the museum is Black Sue, the largest, most complete skeleton of a Tyranosaurus Rex on display anywhere.
In a couple weeks, we’re headed that way to visit King Tut and Black Sue.
I’ve never been “North” before — Kentucky and Missouri are about it. I can’t wait to see some real “Yankees!”
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