Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Medical Emergency!!!!

Well, I had my first medical emergency since arriving in Sierra Leone. I didn't realize that I would be the patient. It all started when I had to leave my Q-tips at home. I have an unfortunate habit of cleaning my ears several times a day and was excited to realize that since I whittled my Q-tips I would have to break that habit! Then I went shopping here....and found Q-tips! Not only did I find Q-tips, but I found many different brands of Q-tips. I saw the old, familiar Johnson & Johnson brand but decided that since I am now living in Sierra Leone (and the Johnson & Johnson brand was twice as much) I would go for the off brand.
So there I am, getting ready for bed and cleaning my ears like I always do when I pulled the Q-tip out of my right ear.....and the cotton stayed in my ear! So I went and notified my team members that I did indeed have a medical emergency. I didn't have an otoscope to look and see, but I knew it was still there because it was causing just enough pain to let me know!

So John and Chad tried to look but couldn't find it. Finally, John said "Oh! I think I see it. Man it is really down in there!" Not what I wanted to hear. But John thought he could get it so away we went.

Success!!!! My ear is saved!
This morning when I got up I looked longingly at my Q-tips but resisted the urge. Apparently there are some things you just don't try to save money on!


  1. You are hilarious!!!

  2. Ah, Emily! What a great story!

  3. That was your first mistake. Add q-tips to the list for the container. Are you making a list?!

  4. You are so funny! I'll bring you some REAL Q-tips in about 2 1/2 weeks, okay?

  5. Ok, this is so funny! Glad your ear was saved :) I am about to go to Target, and Q-Tips were on my list. I just made a mental note *not* to buy the off brand. Love you cousin!

  6. Oh Emily how I miss you so. This made my day. You know it was only a matter of time before this happened ;) But I am glad your ear is okay! Love you.