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OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« on: June 25, 2008, 03:45:38 PM »
Apparently there is a use for those little caps they give you with bronchial inhalers. Got a phone call at 8:30 am from DD, she was transported from Gloucester by ambulance to Mass General with a nail lodged in her lung. Got her inhaler out of her purse at 3 am and was instantly choking and coughing up blood. Folks at local ER acted like they didn't believe her that there was something there until they saw the X ray.

As of 3:30 pm (ET) it is still in there and she is waiting for an OR.  I was pretty calm when she said this morning that they were going to do a flexible scope and pluck it out, then later the pulmonolgist called it off because it is too close to an artery and her heart. Now I am feeling a bit shaky and being 2000 miles away doesn't help.  So I told her I was going to get online and post warnings for folks to make sure the cap is securely on when they leave those inhalers lying around. She said good idea.  And I do not know what the nail was doing in her pocketbook, but she is a mom, so that probably explains it as good as anything.



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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2008, 04:02:52 PM »
Aw, honey!!!  :o I've heard of folks inhaling stuff but I've never heard of someone inhaling a nail. Those little inhalers have some pressure behind them, not to mention you TRY to inhale deeply when using one. The poor thing!
 
What are they planning to do? I hope they don't have to open her chest to get it! I think the pulmonologist was being a pansy, myself. Of course it's close to arteries and the heart! ::) Any good general/vascular surgeon could go after it with a bronchoscope, with backup in place in case of trouble. They could do a thoracoscopy (scopes through the chest wall), maybe.

 :ghug Hang in there - no matter what they have to do to get it out, she will be okay. I'm just praying for the easiest way for her! :pray

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2008, 04:30:12 PM »
Wow, how freaky is that :o

Sending lots and lots of good vibes to your DD.  And if Suze says it will all be okay then I'm sure it will.  Hang in there :heartB

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2008, 04:30:46 PM »
Thanks Suze, yes it was the easy way that they wanted to try and decided too risky. A flexible scope of some type and she would have been awake and they were afraid she would cough or something and move it. Now they are going to try a rigid scope of some type and she will be knocked out. So hopefully will hear something soon. Thanks for the prayers!

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2008, 04:48:58 PM »
Oh crap, now we'll have a new round of legislation requiring self-sealing inhalers that require a $7 mechanism to do the job of putting the cap on.
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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2008, 05:44:02 PM »
Gosh.....I'm so sorry. I'll be praying that everything goes okay!

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2008, 08:13:48 PM »
Sending good thoughts...please keep us updated.

Prayers have been lifted.

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2008, 08:17:57 PM »
Oh crap, now we'll have a new round of legislation requiring self-sealing inhalers that require a $7 mechanism to do the job of putting the cap on.
:0240  :0240  :0240 BF, you can always make me laugh!!!
Will be checking in, hope to hear the rigid scope does the job.

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2008, 09:43:29 PM »
Yep it did! I just talked to her and they are going to release her soon. I don't forsee any multimillion $$$ lawsuit from this, but she might be turning on the light and checking her inhaler next time she has a night attack.  They have a 6 YO and 7 YO and had to get them up to go with them to the ER. The kids got to see the XRAY and you can imagine how cool that must have looked to a 7 year old boy. His day care mom says he is telling everyone all about it.  Thanks for the good thoughts!

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2008, 09:55:12 PM »
So glad to hear its been successfully removed :whew

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2008, 10:10:23 PM »
 :D!  :D!  :D! YAY!!! I am so glad to hear that!

I was a little worried when you posted about the pulmonologist, and I'm glad somebody had the nerve to go after it with a scope after all.  :whew I know these guys tend to go on the side of caution, but I was sure hoping your DD would not have to endure a major procedure to get the darn thing out!

I read the OP while I was still at the hospital, and when I walked out to my car in the parking lot, you will NEVER guess what was on the ground near my car?  A CAP for an INHALER!!!!  :o :0240

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2008, 10:47:07 PM »
 :whew

So glad to hear this good news!

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2008, 01:51:58 AM »
Well it turned out to be a push pin, which looked like a small nail on XRAY since the plastic end would not show up. DD thinks it fell into her purse from the wall of her cube and the cap fell off the inhaler when she thew it in there. She was always our ER prone kid, so I guess if a freak thing like this is going to happen she would be the one.  I think they do make inhalers with the little cap attached by a plastic string thingy. I would highly recommend those.

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2008, 02:47:29 AM »
so you don't lose the cap when you start coughing up blood after snorting the pushpin?
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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2008, 06:04:33 AM »
Yep it did! I just talked to her and they are going to release her soon. I don't forsee any multimillion $$$ lawsuit from this, but she might be turning on the light and checking her inhaler next time she has a night attack.  They have a 6 YO and 7 YO and had to get them up to go with them to the ER. The kids got to see the XRAY and you can imagine how cool that must have looked to a 7 year old boy. His day care mom says he is telling everyone all about it.  Thanks for the good thoughts!

Oh, so glad to hear the positive news!  :h0161

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Re: OMG, warning for inhaler users!
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2008, 07:04:31 AM »
Thank goodness it wasn't totally plastic!  :-X

  

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