Saturday, January 30, 2010

Don't. Just Don't. And Stop Laughing at Me!

I grew up with the mentholyptus goodness that is Vick's Vapor Rub. My mother swore by this gunk and I have to admit when we had a cold nothing was better than being rubbed down on our chest with a thick layer and then putting one of Daddy's t-shirts on backwards. Afterwards we would be tucked in under our comforts in a dark room and snuggle down to sleep away our hacking cold.

It really seemed to make us feel better. So it goes to reason that I have a jar of this in our home.

This week I have had the never ending cold it seems. It never moved into my chest [much] but my head has been snarfy and my nose has been runny. Which led me to experience something I have never had before: "Tissue nose". [I just made that up, but I bet you know what I mean.] I have wiped my nose so many times with cheapy, generic tissues that my nose is now sore. Sore and red and dry and it hurts. I honestly don't know if the aloe vera tissues work to avoid this problem but I am not plunking down $3.50 for them simply to blow my nose. I am cheap and you are going to discover stupid too. You're welcome. ;)

Sitting here, feeling a wee bit sorry for myself I started to brainstorm what I could put on my nose [the outside] to make it feel better. My face cream? No. It is too perfumey and not quite right. Petroleum jelly? Hey! that might work, except we don't have any. So Squirrel pointed out that the base for Vicks IS petroleum jelly and it smells good so why didn't I give that a go?

Obviously my daughter has never put Vick's Vapor Rub on dry, cracked skin. Nor will she after witnessing Mom's upcoming little fiasco.

DO.NOT.DO.THIS. Holy Goodness!!! My skin was instantly on fire. Ow, ow, ow, ow...get it off, get it off. get it off.

Do you remember how hard this stuff is to wash off? Well, let me remind you. It is almost impossible without strong [firehose type] water pressure. Okay?

I wiped off as much as I could but my nose is still all tingly because [did I mention?] it is hard to get off.

This is your public service announcement for today - not that you all needed it because I am sure I am the only one in the pond that didn't know not to do this, aren't I?

Aren't I?

I know I am. Now stop laughing at me. It isn't funny. Well, okay it is. Kind of. Ouch.

PS I am still going to post about the snow. It is so pretty and we have a lot of it! YAY!


ellen abbott said...

Oh, I am so sorry!! I am laughing so hard, oh thank you. No I mean I'm so sorry!!

Oh you poor thing. this made me laugh so hard. And yes, I did know that.

Linda in New Mexico said...

girl....hehehehe. That is to funny. I love you but this is too funny. Sweet Man thinks that he can't sleep without putting Vicks on his nose at night.....I hate it, better that than Bengay, I guess but it still bugs. Anyway, he had a really bad head cold 2 weeks ago and had "tissue" nose, rubbed the Vick's on and the moaning groaning and very unhappy dance commenced. so too funny. Seen it, seen it.
vert word gazumicy....gaz u micy girl don't be putting that stuff on yo nose.

qandlequeen said...

You'll thank me for this - get a hand towel. I know. The concept is gross. Really gross. But come on, you're sick and oozing - you're in a gross state anyway. Rubbing a woodbased product on your tender skin makes NO sense. Get thee a soft cotton towel and blow your nose. In a couple of hours you'll notice the difference.

Amy said...

Oh no you didn't! As I was reading that I had a feeling as to what was going to happen.

I can only imagine the burning!

I use neosporin. WE alwasy use it on Thomas. We put it on his nose after he is asleep - he is just weird about stuff on his nose- and usually by morning the redness has faded.

Anonymous said...

I'm with qandlequeen. Towels, handkerchiefs, rags (clean), they all work and amazingly well. I'll also vouch for the super-expensive aloe Kleenex, but seriously, at almost $5/box, I just can't do it. Especially with the amount that you go through when sick.