October 10, 2012
The Allergic Salute
I had horrible sinus and allergy problems as a kid. I was plagued with allergies and bronchitis. I spent nights sitting on toilets with hot showers steaming up the bathroom, with humidifiers, and Vicks vap-o-rub, and prescription Benedryl (yes, that's how old I am). My parents knew they were in trouble when they saw the Allergic Salute.
Take your hand, flat, fingers together, thumb in, palm towards your face. Now, place the middle finger of that pressed-together hand on the tip of your nose. Touching your nose the entire time, run your hand up until your nose passes the part where your hand meets your wrist. That's the Allergic Salute.
For the past few days Owen's been fighting what we thought was a cold and now know to be a sinus infection. He's developed an Allergic Salute of his own. It's ingenious since it involves nothing but his nose. He simply blows air through his nose in a vain attempt to clear it. He does this about every three and a half seconds. It's not at all annoying. Especially at 3:00 in the morning.
Annoying, yes, but at least Owen's blazing his own trail, not merely copying his dad.Posted by Chris at October 10, 2012 7:17 AM