Oct 31, 2019
Betty was rushing to dress for her New Year’s Eve date. She picked up an earring, but her asthma suddenly flared. After rushing to extract her inhaler from a handbag, she deeply inhaled her medicine.
She felt a throat scrape followed by a cough deeper than she usually experiences after medication inhalation. Betty’s cough persisted and became bloody. Her breathing became more difficult.
Her date rushed her to the hospital where a chest x-ray revealed an object blocking her right lung’s airway. Then on to the operating room where surgeons extracted an earring from that right lung.
The earring had fallen into the inhaler as Betty fumbled through her purse. Lesson learned: she never again left the cap off her inhaler.