On the Eve of Eliza’s 15-month Birthday, she choked on a piece of popcorn and thus we ended up at Primary Children’s with quite a day. She had a Bronchoscopy to get a popcorn kernel out. Yikes!
Bronchoscopy (bron-KOS-ko-pee) is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your lungs’ airways, called the bronchi (BRONG-ki) and bronchioles (BRONG-ke-ols). The airways carry air from the trachea (TRA-ke-ah), or windpipe, to the lungs. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a thin, flexible tube called a bronchoscope into your nose or mouth. The tube is passed down your throat into your airways. If you have a breathing tube, the bronchoscope can be passed through the tube to your airways. You’ll be given medicine to make you relaxed and sleepy during the procedure. The bronchoscope has a light and small camera that allow your doctor to see your windpipe and airways and take pictures.
This is her story photo style. Oh – and don’t think I’m such a weirdo for taking so many pictures. I was so concerned about Liza that I kept trying to keep things ‘light’ by documenting the journey so I wouldn’t freak out too bad.
So – are we going to feed Liza popcorn anymore? The answer is yes. We asked the surgeon if we should stop feeding our children popcorn, specifically Eliza. He said we were fine to keep eating it. Though – we are holding off for a while until Liza is a little older. And we are only giving her the soft part. I keep thinking of all the things she could choke on – cheese, crackers, raisins, pretzels. I guess we’ll just be watchful. sigh…