Wow!! If only I knew so many people have had axperiences like this!
What makes it worse is that the older sister (4 yrs) had stuck a bead up her nose on my watch not even a month ago, and mom sort of made me feel like it was my fault (looking rudely at me, not talking to me, that sort of thing) and she had to go to the er to get it looked at (the nurse eventually just got her to sneeze, so alls well that ends well, I suppose).
Anyway, poor Fred, he sticks this green piece of chalk up his nose and says 'ow'. Well, no wonder, sherlock!! So there I am trying to make him blow his nose, and being not quite three, he does not understand. So I try to push it from above to get it out. No dice. finally I give up and hand him over to mom. She says 'oh, what have you tried?' I described the above, and she cringes and goes 'oh no, you have to make him blow' What the bloody hell do you think I have been trying to do for the past fifteen minutes? Pick it out with my fingernails?
Oooohhhhh! Next time I think I will use a nasal aspirator.
Thanks everyone for your replies.