|The x-ray of Mr. K and his penny|
Just like the title of the post says, my kid ate a penny. Last night we were sitting in the family room, and I started to hear what sounded like metal clinking. I looked around, it stopped. I then heard it again, and as I looked at Mr. K - his hand was in his mouth and he had a really weird look on his face, and then he made a huge gulping/swallow sound - I asked if he was ok and he said "I ate money".
His breathing was fine, he was talking to me so I wasn't worried about an obstruction. I asked what colour it was, he said brown. I had taken a penny away from Mr. J earlier in the day and put it in my pocket. I asked Mr. K to show me where he got the money, and it was from the couch (where I normally sit)
I didn't panic (not my style) but I thought maybe I should call telehealth. After going through all their questions, she said that because I wasn't 100% sure it was a penny (because I hadn't actually seen it) I should have him assessed within 24 hours.
Off to the walk-in we went this morning, the doc said that he needed an x-ray (again, because I wasn't 100% sure it was a penny) and that since it was Friday, she was sending us to emerg to have it done.
I called my MIL to come with me (not fun being stuck in emerg with a kid - much easier to have someone with you - then you can at least go to the bathroom alone!)
The wait before getting an x-ray wasn't actually all that long - about 45 minutes from the time we walked in the door, waited to be triaged, then waited to be moved from that waiting room, to another room and then to xray. The longest part was after the x-ray - 2hrs45 minutes.
We saw the doctor, she showed us the x-ray and felt his belly; told us that it will pass on it's own and what to look out for in case it doesn't pass.
The BEST part - she told me I DON'T have to check his diaper for it~!