The only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow…

The only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow…

The only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow. 

Did you try it?


You’re not the only one.  Over the last week Garreth and Seren have tried all ways to get their elbows in their ears…

I bet you’re wondering why they have been trying it, aren’t you?

Allow me to explain. 


The only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow.

After a busy day with their grandparents, Seren and Macsen decided to spend some down time playing with Play Doh.  Mummy didn’t buy Play Doh very often; it was, in fact, a rare treat.

Later that evening, Mummy noticed that Macsen was playing with his ear.  More so than was usual for him. 

“Macsen, is your ear itching?”  She asked, expecting the usual affirmative response.

“No, Mamam, I have a spot in my ear.”  He replied, as clear as could be given his speech delay.  Mummy beckoned him over to her and, using the flash on her phone, she peered into Macsen’s ear. 

Instead of seeing an angry looking spot giving him jip, she was shocked to the core.  A blue ball of Play Doh was wedged snugly in his ear.

“O.M.G.!  Daddy, quick!  Macsen has Play Doh in his ear!” She screeched, scaring the whole house.  Daddy was his usual calm self and shortly after the discovery, Mummy and Macsen were on their way to A&E to get the foreign body removed. 

Mummy didn’t really see the funny side, and neither did Macsen when he realised he needed to go to the hospital. 

For a lot of the car journey, Mummy was silent.  When a little voice from the back seat piped up, “Mamam?” she was surprised. 

“Yes, Macsen,” she replied, still not paying too much attention. 

“Do you love me, Mamam?”  Mummy’s heart shattered. 

“Oh, my lovely boy, of course I love you!”  She stammered through her tears.  “We’ll be at the hospital shortly and I’ll give you a cwtch”.

Mammy and Macsen chattered away for the rest of the journey and while Mammy parked the car. 

On arrival in the busy children’s A&E unit, Mammy sheepishly explained the reason for their visit.  She couldn’t tell the nurse or the E.N.T. doctor WHEN Macsen put it there; however, Macsen happily (and perhaps a shade to proudly) took responsibility. 

“I did it!” He announced with the biggest smile on his face. The nurse and doctor both chuckled before advising him that he really shouldn’t have done it, but Macsen remained proud of his handy work. 

The time arrived for the attempted extraction.  The Doctor had a look in the ear Mummy offered.

“Umm, this ear is clear, there’s nothing in there.”  The Doctor announced with a confused look on his face. 

“I’ve given you the wrong ear.”  Mummy laughed, “Macsen, turn around!” Macsen reluctantly obliged to allow the Doctor access to the correct ear. 

“Ahh, there it is.  Although, we might be better to head upstairs where I have the right equipment to get the job done quickly.” 

Macsen was delighted at the prospect of a mystery tour around the hospital but was less than thrilled at the sight of the huge, cold, metal contraption in the sterile room.  The chair resembled a dentist’s chair and the lights were white and harsh.

It was all too much for Macsen.  Sitting still wasn’t an option and it was clear that the Doctor couldn’t get to the Play Doh.

“I think we may have to take another route,” he said, “it is clear he is getting agitated, the best option may be to bring him back in during the week.  He’ll have a general anaesthetic and it’s only a quick 5 to 10 minute job.”

“I think that is the best option,” Mummy said, “I don’t want to upset him any more than is necessary.”


So, I guess that brings us to now… Saturday evening, with a date for his procedure on Monday.  Macsen knows he is going to the hospital for a nap.  I’m not yet sure what he’ll make of it… but I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting experience.

What is the strangest thing you’ve heard of inside an ear?