Sunday, September 6, 2009
Bug Up My Nose!
My previous post was about younger son inhaling his gum up through the back of his throat and then he blew it out his nose.
Well a couple of nights later a stupid bug (it had to be or at the very least.. had no sense of direction) flew directly up my right nostril. It freaked me out, but a friend had just called with an urgent concern and I didn't want to interrupt.
I saw this little bug..black with tiny light wings coming right for me..but both hands were tied up and so I couldn't wave it away and so all I could do was blow... but to no avail... up it went!
Without mentioning a word to my friend... I put her on speaker phone, grabbed a tissue and tried to blow it out but I could feel this really weird sensation higher up. It was definitely there. I figured my friend couldn't hear me blowing my nose.
And then I remembered something I heard an ED doc tell a patient once. He told her she should never squeeze a pimple on her nose or I think between her brows... (not sure about the brows) because doing that could cause an infection to go into the brain.
And so I began to wonder if there is any way a bug could get in the human brain? I was thinking it must be different pathways..but what if?
I tried using a tissue which I also thought could push it up higher... but had to try. Nothing!
It was uncomfortable! It's interesting how our bodies easily perceive when something is out of the ordinary and we can feel the tiniest things..like this tiny gnat.
So I brought my friend who was still talking on speaker phone into the bathroom with me. I placed the phone on the window sill. I grabbed a neti pot so I could do a nasal wash with a saline solution.
I poured the saline wash into my other nostril to wash the bug out of my right side.
Nothing came out!
And it really burned. It never does, but I guess I irritated it from blowing so much.
I repeated the wash.
So then I did the other side.
My friend asked if I was still there. I said yes..I'm listening. She continued talking.
I was out of saline packets.
So I rinsed the bug side two more times with clear warm water.
Now everything just felt irritated.
I wondered about my brain again. Nah.. that couldn't happen... right?
We continued talking and I never mentioned it. Dinner was ready and so we ended the call.
I pretty much forgot about it until the next day... yesterday. Friend had come over to swim. We were all sitting at the picnic table, when I told her what I was doing when she asked if I was still there while we were talking on the phone.
I told her about sort of being afraid the bug would find a path to my brain because of what the ED doc had said about causing infection to the brain. D-i-l thought that it would be different pathways..which makes sense. I mean you just can't have easy access into your brain for every wayward bug that happens along.
But then friend told me about someone who did have a spider crawl up into her brain and ...it laid eggs! Talk about a horror show! And she felt the babies crawling around in her head. !!!! Doctors thought she was crazy.. but it ended up being true.
Have I ever mentioned that I am near phobic about spiders? I feel creeped out even typing this! And I won't even look at horror movies. The thought of this happening is the stuff nightmares are made of.
So I tried to find this story in google and all I could come up with was that it's an urban legend... THANK GOD!!!
Hey... I've never said I wasn't gullible!
Also... I'm not superstitious... but if it's true that things happen in threes... then someone I know is soon going to get an uninvited foreign body up their nose. I'm just sayin... :)