Pat Shingleton: "Less Inhale, More Exhale"
In 1977 I boarded a plane enroute to Baton Rouge. Snow was piled on the tarmac in Kansas City and when I arrived in Baton Rouge, the sky was blue, the grass was green the azaleas were blooming. I reminisced about that trip on Sunday. More on my arrival in another excerpt but today we're dealing with beauty and the beast. The beauty is the seasonal change and the beast is the coating of green on our vehicles. Not from our recent parade but from Mother Nature. Everything on the cars and even in a finer "particulate" form is ending up in our noses and throats. When the kids were little I always used a "bulb aspirator" to clear their passages. I would tell them, "Let's get that junky-junk out of there!" With a few "applications" all was clear. I guess my obsession with this procedure led to a Christmas gift that included a "bronzed" aspirator mounted on a trophy-like wood block with a plate inscription that reads: "Here's to Junky-Junk Daddy" Christmas 1988, Michael & Katie. Dr.Ryan Boone, Ear, Nose and Throat expert, provides good advice for the next two months. A blast of saline spray in the nostrils, keeping hydrated and possibly some Flonase will help us get through the particulates flying around. Daily vitamins could assist. If not, let me know... I still have a couple of aspirators around here.
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