My little PSA – don’t use wire grill brushes on your grill! My fitness will be on pause for a quick surgery.
Last month, the hubs and I grilled some chicken on the grill. We use a steal wire grill brush on our grill and the one we had was fairly new. After my first bite of chicken, I felt like something was stuck in my throat and every time I swallowed I felt it. It made me start to gag and I ran to the bathroom throw up. Long story short, we determined that one of the tiny grill brush wires was stuck to my chicken and I swallowed it and it got stuck in my throat.
We tried for days to get that sucker out. Everyone had a suggestion on what to eat or drink to help. After several days, I stopped noticing it when I swallowed. I still called to make an appointment with my ENT though. My ENT was at conferences and the earliest I could get in was the last week in July.
Last week, I almost cancelled my appointment. I decided to keep it just because if I really thought about it, when I swallow, I know something is “off” on that side of my throat even though I don’t feel the poke I did the first few days after the incident. At the appointment, my ENT scoped me in the office and was not able to see anything. He sent me over for x-rays just be sure and sure enough, I got a call the next day that I did indeed have one of the tiny wires from the rush embedded in my throat tissue. Unfortunately, the removal was going to require surgery.
On Tuesday I had the surgery and I am happy to report that they were able to remove the wire. My ENT told me it was going to be a literal “needle in a haystack” move for him to get it and he hoped to not have to cut me up too much poking around to find it. He warned that if he poked too much it could make my tongue swell and I would end up spending the night intubated in the ICU (nice info as I sit hooked up ready to go into surgery). Luckily for me, he did minimal cutting and found the wire very quickly.
I had been telling the doctors and nurses the story all day and that I wanted to save the wire in case I needed to file a lawsuit against my husband. It was a joke all morning so it was pretty funny when the hubs surprised me and showed up as they were about to wheel me out and everyone was like “It’s him – it’s his fault”. The doctor showed me the wire post op but I wasn’t able to keep it…LOL.
Surgery is never fun but Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was awesome, from the check in, registration, nursing staff, anesthesiologist and my doctor. And I was so thankful to have my mom keep my company for the hours of waiting pre-op! I know I turned into Joe Pesci (snickers commercial) a little bit with the no eating allowed. Good thing my mom could handle it! She made sure to have a photo shoot with me whenever possible to distract me - it worked.
The best part of surgery is when they put you out! The hubs said I was talking a little crazy as they wheeled me away – something about enjoying the “shots” they just gave me. He said he’ll give me a pass on the crazy talk this time.
Do you have a crazy surgery story? If so, please share!