Friday, February 17, 2012

Eeeeeewww! That’s Gross!

If you have a squeamish stomach you may not want to continue reading this post. Really. It’s gross.

But I see it as a public service announcement to all of my friends who have adopted kids from China, because the information contained within could change their lives.

Okay, not dramatically change their lives, but change them a little for the better. I think.

Three guesses as to what this is:IMG_8392

Not sure? Here’s another view.IMG_8394

It’s earwax. My daughter’s earwax. Eeeeeew.

Yes, my adorable, chubby-cheeked daughter has this nasty stuff lodged in her ears and it takes some doing to get it out.

You see a Q-Tip won’t extract Asian earwax. It’s different that the type of earwax that most people of European decent possess.

I say this like I am an expert or have researched this, but I haven’t. So don’t confuse what I am saying with actual documented fact. Heck, I just asked around and got some feedback and information from friends. Wikipedia may actually be more accurate than me on this one.For once.

Anyway, Molly’s earwax is hard, crumbly stuff that gets wedged in her ear canal like a plug. Using a Q-Tip only pushes the mass of waxy grossness father into her ear. Doctors can get it out, but I can’t.

Until now.

You see, I did a little digging (I use the term figuratively here), and found out that many Asians use a little ear spoon to extract earwax. So I searched on Amazon for Asian Ear Spoon and what do you know…got a lot of hits.

So I purchased one of the models shown and wouldn’t you know, it worked like a charm. I pulled out a hunk of wax from Molly’s ear on the very first try. And then I photographed it. I’m like that.

Here’s the ear spoon that I purchased along with the earwax that I extracted. I like that word. Extracted. It sounds so medical.IMG_8395

Thrilled with my success, I went back on line and ordered this little gem. It’s a lighted ear spoon. Now I don’t even need a flashlight to extract earwax. Look at me go!IMG_8397

Now I can just hear all of my critics: “You should never put anything inside your kid’s ear, or your ear for that matter, blah, blah, blah. You should let a doctor do that.”

Hey, I’m not a doctor, but I play one on my blog.

And that’s about all I am going to say about that, because it was quick, easy and Molly much preferred me over the doctor, who by the way, took much longer, hurt Molly, extracted less wax that I did, and charged me my copay.

So there.


Georgette said...

Ok you made me order one of these for Jaden and I was SHOCKED at what I got out of her ears! So I too will be posting it on my blog because everyone should know about these wonderful tools! And I am sure Jaden's clean ears are thanking you!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

How fun! This reminds me of when I was a kid, my mom actually used to do this to me! I grew up in a western country but my mom's a Han Chinese. I thought this was common practice in Europe but I guess it's not.