Eliza’s Bronchoscopy

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…

2 replies
  1. Brittany Daw
    Brittany Daw says:

    Oh Heather, I am sorry you had to go through that experience–gah! I live so close to the hospital–I could have helped out some how. If you ever need me to, please let me know.
    We just had an RS activity about CPR, etc, and they said the number one thing kids choke on is peanuts–numbers 2 and 3 are popcorn and hot dogs. Dread! Fortunately, she is doing well! And a doll. I love the poem (there was a little girl…)–my dad used to say that about Hilary.
    Hope all is well and you are having a great holiday time!

  2. Jolene
    Jolene says:

    So scary Heather. I wish I would have known I could have helped out with your kids. So glad the outcome ended well. I couldn’t imagine how scary and stressful that would have been. Don’t hesitate to call if you need anything.

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