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A Lego Crisis
by Tim Manzer 
02/16/06
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When my beautiful daughter, Jennifer, was merely three years old, she placed a toy in a cavity in her body, which caused a very medically dysfunctional day. At that time, we worked as house parents for a juvenile boy’s home in the thumb of Michigan. The wonderful ministry for troubled kids was called Teen Ranch. My daughter was playing with my son, T.J.’s Lego sets while we worked with the young men. A young man at the ranch was playfully pretending that he was sneezing Lego’s out of his nose. This created a burst of delight and giggles from my little blue-eyed beauty. So Jennifer, being only three, began to pretend sneeze Lego’s out of her tiny snout. She put the tiny taillight from a Lego motorcycle in her nose. The tiny piece of plastic went into the dainty nasal cavity but it did not come out.

My daughter came to me in great distress over the misplaced Lego in her nose. I tried to look into her nose but I could not see the little Lego taillight. It was obvious we had an unusual ER crisis that needed to be dealt with but we did not know how few doctors can manage a plastic disaster.

We took her to the tiny hospital in that farm town and waited in the mini four seat E.R. hospital waiting room. There was a staff of only one doctor in the quiet E.R. and this general practitioner decided he needed help. So the fearful physician called in another doctor. At the time, this action seemed like overkill for a Lego crisis. The two doctors medically tortured my daughter; they started with tweezers; then they tried to wash the Lego out with water, after the medical tweezers had failed. They even x-rayed her but could not find the Lego. A RN reminded the doctors that plastic does not show up on x-rays. My daughter never takes anything sitting down and the three year old protested with all the passion her tiny body could muster.

After some more torture the frustrated MD’s told us they would need to transfer her to a larger hospital. They began to call around to other hospitals. All other area hospitals said they had no one able to remove a Lego from a three-year old’s nose. Finally, a large Metro hospital in Flint said they could help. We rushed to Flint with our screaming toddler. Jennifer was in total toddler panic, crying, weeping and howling over the little piece of out-of place plastic.

A very kind doctor that was an Eye, Ears and Nose specialist came to the E.R. room in that Flint hospital. He was calm and confident. He dimmed the lights of the room and with some high tech gear was able to remove the Lego from Jennifer’s nose before she was aware that he was working on her.

The Skilled physician told us that he had treated many patients that have been messed up by other emergency rooms medical doctors. Doctors rarely have the medical training to get something as small as a tiny Lego from a child’s nose. He said he had taken objects of all kinds from lots of noses, mouths and ears. He told about removing a old navy bean from an elderly woman’s ear who thought she was going deaf.

That kind Doctor was the Man to my small family.

Many people take all kinds of problems to lots of experts that do not know any thing about how to solve the problem. Even Christians take their problems to the so-called experts of this world. It should be no surprise that we get more messed up. We have only one Great Physician! Our problems, issues and crises can be taken into Doctor King’s expert office on a moment notice (Prayer) and Jesus is always the answer.


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