Friday, October 30, 2009

How do you breathe?

Do you have allergies? Do you ever feel stuffy & just wish you could breathe easily? Or, maybe like me, you have asthma. WAIT! Don't leave! This isn't an ad for a product (though if I could find the perfect one I'd tell you!). It's really a funny story. I am stuffy ALL the time. I use a CPAP at night for low oxygenation (or some big fancy word like that). My husband also uses a CPAP, but his is for sleep apnea. Before he got the CPAP he snored so loudly that once when he went on an overnight trip with his parents, his dad, who was completely deaf in one ear & had to use a hearing aid to hear at all with the other, said, "Phillip snores SO loud that he woke me up." Now THAT'S loud!

The ability to breathe isn't something I take lightly. I have some friends on a stamping site, Splitcoaststampers, whom I've mentioned before. We call ourselves the Traveling Dork Sisters because we are just all a bunch of women who do dorky things. Truth be told, I think everyone does dorky things now & then, but not everyone admits it. Tee-hee! Most of these dork sisters love a line of stamps from a company called Magnolia. If you click on that link, you will see some of their images. They are absolutely darling, but there is something missing. Can you see what it is? Ha, ha! If you CAN'T then maybe you need new glasses. As you might guess, these mouthless noseless girls & boys, while quite adorable, just give me the heebie jeebies. Why? They can't BREATHE! Yes, I know they aren't real. Still, the thought of no nose or mouth just makes me feel like gasping for air. THAT is pretty dorky.

Now here comes the funny part. Last night Bethany was blowing into a balloon, then letting the air out, but breathing in some of that. Phil told her it's not good to do that or she might pass out. I joked that she might blow up or something. I'm not sure HOW we went from that to the next part, but maybe someone suggested that it was putting too much air into you and that air needed to be, um, expelled. Phil then was trying to explain that he had more of that air inside of him because of his high pressure CPAP he uses every night. However, like many of us over 40 (or 50 or 70), sometimes the words we think and the words we say aren't the same. His sentence came out, "That's what happens when you suck in a lot of air all night through a nose." I cracked up & told Bethany to NEVER suck in air through her nose. She said, "I thought he said nose." He meant to say HOSE I think, as in the hose from the CPAP machine to the mask.

So, I now think the reason the Magnolia stamps do not have noses is to prevent sucking in too much air and needing to expel it afterwards. LOL!


Karen Lynn said...

Great story! but you need a magnolia imaged card to go with it! Need me to send you some??
-Queen Dork

Scrappin' Kat Woman said...

thanks for the chuckle!

BethH said...

That is sooo funny. Love it! I'm glad hubbys are dorks hubby set the clocks back an hour early....a day early. DORK!