Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Monday, February 06, 2006

  Heads or tails?

I guess it is possible but I have my doubts. Can you toss a coin up into the air and have it come down into your throat, where you proceed to swallow it?

I was sitting in the computer room the other night when my oldest son came running into the the kitchen making some sort of coughing noise and half crying at the same time. I asked him what was wrong and he said he had swallowed a quarter. I freaked, "How in the world did you do that? Don't you know you don't put money in you mouth." He said he didn't have money in his mouth rather he was flipping the coin into the air and in went into his mouth. That's when I proceeded to tell him to quit lying to me. He said he was not lying that that is really how it happened. I put my anger on hold for a minute and started wondering what my next course of action was going to be.

Is swallowing a quarter dangerous? Will it get stuck somewhere? Will we have to have emergency surgery? Can I stand him on his head in hopes that it may come back out? Either way, will it hurt when it comes out? Will he want it when it comes out, either way? If it does not come out, will it mess up his insides? If it does not come out and we go on a trip and he has to go through a metal detector, will the security guards believe him when he tells them he was flipping a quarter and it landed in his mouth?

Anyway, while I am freaking out my wife is laughing, SHE THINKS IT IS FUNNY! My son is about to have major surgery to have a quarter removed and she thinks it is funny. I tell her it is not funny and we need to head to the hospital. She tells me to take a pill and calm down. She then gets the church directory and starts calling some nurses we know. After finally reaching one of them this "so called" nurse tells my wife he should be OK just watch him and make sure he passes it without any problems. I tell my wife this nurse does not know what she is talking about and that he is going to have to have a real doctor look at him. Then another lady calls and tells her the same thing. So we wait and so far nothing bad has happened, I don't even know if he has passed the quarter or not.

OK, maybe a get a little worried about things. Things I have no control over. I used to worry a lot more about things I had no control over but I don't do that anymore. I have concerns but not so much worries. I have decided to give my worries to God. The Bible says that God takes care of the birds so why wouldn't He take care of us. I also like Matthew 6:34, it says it all,

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

So for today, don't worry be happy. Why? Because God is good! And remember, don't tell God how big your stroms are, tell your storms how big your God is!

God bless, Joe

PS. Thanks for all the prayers while I was sick. I had strep, ear infection and a sinus infection. Not to shabby.

Heads or tails?


At 10:15 AM, Blogger Guppyman said...

I'd have to choose heads.... cuz I sure wouldn't wnat it after it's been thru the "tail".

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Joe said...

You could play defensive lineman and get that quarterback.

At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my daughter once stuck a piece of balloon up her nose and didn't tell anyone. We found out weeeks later.

At least your son informed you.

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Joe, this is very interesting indeed! I think I would have the initial reaction of you, but then calmed down and did exactly what your wife did.

Who knew that tossing a coin could be so hazardous? This will be a great story for your son to tell his son someday!

My son had never swallowed anything but my dog swallowed a pile of marbles once and that made for some interesting dog doo.

Glad you are better - you really got the works with all those infections!!!

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Ma said...

Wow! I'm glad your son is okay. I probably would be freaked out too. I mean, it could have lodged in his throat and cut off his air. Thank god for little miracles. ;-)

Aloha from,

At 12:21 AM, Blogger *~Tey~* said...

I never thought you could swallow a coin. I guess you learn something everyday. God Bless!

At 7:00 PM, Blogger leah said...

This is funny to me(beings my hubby is a radiologist) Thanks for sharing it!
Just found your site!

At 11:19 AM, Blogger PresentStorm said...

I would have to go with your wife on this one ...If my child wasn't choking I would have to laugh ...I have seen this before and they usually will pass it ...have fun with that though !!!...Nothing like having to be a poo inspector...Glad you are feeling better :)

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Okay, I think that I may have worked thru my grief enough to come back here and comment on your blog. I do appreciate you not coming to my blog and rubbing my nose in the Steelers win and the Seahawks loss.

I hope that your son is okay and the quarter has reappeared.

I can remember starting to choke on a full size ice cube and I somehow swallowed it. Then there was the raviolio incident, maybe I will blog about that!

At 11:26 AM, Blogger adsdadsd said...

Hi - whatever happened to your son and the quarter? My 7 year old swallowed a quarter 6 days ago, and it still hasn't come out... i'm a nervous wreck... what do i do now?


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