This is a little different from the regular Sunday topic but it’s interesting and I was challenged to write about it.
Thanks to Sheila Stewart for the suggestion and the challenge. She passed me this article.
I felt guilty reading it. As a kid, we always had Q-tips in the medicine cabinet and if there was anything remotely wrong with our ears, Mom would whip out one and use it to clean wax. There were two ends to it so, of course, she’d use the other end for the other ear.
As far as I knew, all my friends had the same procedure done to them.
As a parent, we passed along the tradition. When I had problems, I felt good that I’m married a nurse (see last week’s post) and I’d have her do it. Now, thanks to Sheila and this article, I guess we were all wrong.
I have had my ear cleaned by a doctor a couple of times and it’s not pleasant. It’s brutal, in fact. And, he didn’t use a Q-tip! It was a big syringe filled with warm water and I’d hold this rounded metal container to catch what came out after he shot the water into my ear. A lot of water and, holy cow, a whole lot of wax. I remember thinking that it would have taken a whole box of Q-tips to do that. I couldn’t imagine Q-tipping it out without damaging something in my ear.
Hopefully, by now, you’ve read the article and are as appalled as I am. I was curious and yes we have some in our own medicine cabinet although they’re a no-name brand.
Wow, we poke out eardrums at an early age?
Your thoughts for a Sunday?
- did your parents use Q-tips to clean your ears?
- did you maintain the tradition by using them on your own kids?
- there always was a container of these in my doctor’s office although he never used them on me. What would he have used them for?
- in the article, there are suggestions for what they should be used for. Do you use them that way?
- they are excellent tools for cleaning things other than ears – what and how?
- was the article wrong?
- do you have any waxy stories to share?
As always, I’d enjoy reading your thoughts about this topic. Please do so in the comments below.
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