The Penny, The Coincidence, and 100 Quarters
It just isn’t Christmas unless a virus rips through the family, right?
A week ago, Alan and I were upstairs putting away laundry or something. J.D., who sometimes walks around saying, “J.D. J.D.,” was doing just that.
One-year-olds crack me up. With your first one-year-old, they are never more than two steps away from you. By the time you’re at boy #4, they kind of just wander around the house poking at stuff. Why? Well, if we aren’t interesting, Joshua, Caleb, or Daniel might be, so there are actual options to who they might want to tag along with.
This particular night, J.D. was upstairs with us, and yet still we had an, “Uh-oh” moment.
Alan said, “J.D., what’s in your mouth?”
Gracious. It could be anything.
I ran over to check. “J.D., open up, what’s in your mouth?”
Alan stuck his finger in there. Nothing, “Oh, man, what did you eat?”
“I really hope it was edible,” I said, and the second I said it, we heard from downstairs, “Aaaaa! I just swallowed a penny! But don’t worry! I’m okay, but I’m just freaking out a little bit,” from JOSHUA.
Such high ambitions I had when I became a mother. My number one ambition at this point is simply to keep them all alive.
We rushed downstairs and talked to Joshua.
“Well, it was either swallow it, or choke on it, so I decided I’d better swallow it.”
“But WHY did you have a penny in your mouth?”
“I don’t know. I just felt like it. Am I going to be okay? I think I need some water.”
Alan did some google-ing, and I notified the media, and by media, I do mean Facebook.
Why? Why do I do this? Why don’t I just text the people that would actually care? I don’t know!!! I don’t know, but I will talk about my over-consumption of Facebook in another post. In this particular instance, I was hoping some of my medical professional Facebook friends would chime in on what I should do about this, and they did not disappoint. See, the book of faces can be quite helpful at times.
So a week went by, and everything was all Christmas lights and candy canes. Oh, I’m just kidding. Candy canes do not enter our house. Can you imagine what that would do to our carpet? Oh, Nonna, you will be happy to know I cleaned up all those spots the week you left. It looks amazing……for now.
I hate carpet, but let’s get back on topic here….so by the end of the week, Joshua came down with a fever and misery. He wouldn’t eat, and he wouldn’t get off the sofa. Joshua “was not made to stand still,” so we always know when he’s sick. Alan feared that it could be the zinc from the penny, something he learned about in his google-ing, so off Joshua and I went to the Emergency Room.
We had to sneak out very stealthily. Daniel has been known to chase parents that try to leave him down our driveway. It will break a heart of stone.
Three hours later, I left the ER, relieved to know that the X-ray proved that the penny was gone, and this was just a virus we were dealing with.
Joshua said, “But I still feel miserable, and they didn’t help me at all.” Poor baby. I gave him the “Viruses have to run their course,” talk that my mom always gave to me. 🙂
The next day, Daniel had it. J.D. had already had it, and now Alan has it.
Caleb and I are united and standing strong against the evil forces of this fever-headache-misery virus.
But now we know. Now we know what happens when you swallow a penny.
I leave you with this quote from Caleb singing, “Dumb ways to die, dumb ways to die–swallowing a quarter–100 quarters!” See? They did learn something….