I have a terrible cold. I’m all stuffed up and blowing my nose. A lot. If I forget to blow my nose, I start talking like dis. Bery hard to uderstad. So I am very thankful for an advance of modern science often taken for granted.
The humble facial tissue.
If it weren’t for tissues, I’d be laundering handkerchiefs laden with nasal excretions, too gross to describe on this blog, while simultaneously trying to blow my nose. See, I have to constantly blow my nose, or it gets so stuffed up I can’t breath when my mouth is closed. Which happens all to often when I’m concentrating hard on writing.
Which got me to thinking about babies.
Babies are on my mind these days because I’m going to be a grandma any day now. If you weren’t aware of that development, you must be new to this blog since I mention it almost every day. So let me extend a hey-howdy, hearty welcome to you, first time visitor! Thinking about babies made me think about another advance of modern medicine every young mother needs.
The snot sucker.
Also known as a baby nasal syringe. Or nasal aspirator. Whatever moniker you give it, the snot suckers is an invaluable tool for: removing disgusting boogers from noses so stuffed up they can’t breathe when their mouths are closed, babies too young to hold a tissue and blow their own noses, babies too young to obey the command to blow when a tissue is placed over the nose, and babies so young their default mode is to gum tissues to death.
In other words, if you’ve got a baby with boogers, you need a snot sucker.
Be sure to follow the directions on how to use the syringe or you could have boogers and snot going every which way, a prospect almost as disgusting as laundering mucus-laden cloth handkerchiefs. And with that thought, the time has come to end today’s tribute to miracles of modern science. Because, for the most squeamish among us, any more details about nasal excretions may require the use of a third miracle of modern medicine.