This story has to go down in my blog history, it's just that good.
It's lunch time in my house. Our house is brimming with fresh produce from Door To Door Organics . Sj is usually impatient about waiting for lunch to be done, so I give her something to munch on while she is waiting. She requests a plum. Being a mom that encourages healthy eating, I quickly agree.
I call out, "Whole plum or cut up?"
Sj, immediately follows, "Whole!"
My brain instantly whispers, she's 3- cut it up!!! But no, trying to avoid a meltdown, I hand over a whole juicy plum. I go back to the kitchen and continue on with lunch assembly. We're chatting back and forth.
Sj casually throws in this sentence, "Mom, I just swallowed the plum pit. It kinda hurt right there (pointing to her throat)."
Here my brain screams to me, see I told you, whole plum, three years old, really really dumb idea. Then it starts throwing random thoughts out there, peach pits are poisonous, are plum pits? Is Sj going to grow a plum tree in her belly (haha!). Should we head to the emergency room, STAT!
So what is a mom to do in a slightly disconcerning situation?? Run to my computer. First I visit, a medical webpage like webmd. Nothing on plum pits. Then I call upon Dr. Google. Type in Swallowed Plum Pit. Aah, hits galore. I look for a link that has some authority to it, a national news organization or a medical organization. Nope. All Q&A on random pages and then there are blogs! And you would be surprised at the amount of dogs that have injested plum pits.
Finally, I click on a mom's story, from her blog, a plum pit was injested by her two year old and yes it did safely come out the other end, with more graphic detail than I had hoped for. My go-to for medical advice, best friend, encourages me to call the doctor, just to be safe. She reminds me, you know 11pm, can bring about strange and delusional thoughts. I agree. Doctor's office promptly calls back, no problem, it will be passed.
Within 24 hours, it reappeared. So, is it safe to swallow a plum pit? Very luckily in our case, oh yes it is.