Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Speaking of Ear Wax

Rob over at Musings of a Distractible Mind was writing about ear wax -- also known as "cerumen" to those of us in the med biz -- and I was reminded of a nifty answer I came up with to one of my kids' questions several years back.

By way of background, you need to know the following line that priests, rabbis, ministers and assorted other clergy have all told me they use when asked at an outdoor event to pray for good weather, or "put in a good word with the Man upstairs," or however the request is phrased:
Sorry; I'm in Sales, not Production.
So there I was explaining to my younger son about how the ear canal produces wax for lubrication and protection and all those other nifty other functions of cerumen, when he asked what appeared to be a perfectly reasonable question about cerumen impaction: Why does the ear keep making wax once the canal is plugged up? I thought for a second, and then came up with this:
Sorry; I'm in Maintenance, not Design.


At Thu Sep 13, 07:57:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Rob said...


But without that design we don't have jobs. I like to joke that I do music because in heaven they will need musicians, not doctors. Our job is there because of things gone wrong.

At Thu Sep 13, 08:48:00 AM, Blogger rlbates said...

Nice! [Thanks for the chuckle]

At Thu Sep 13, 03:06:00 PM, Blogger Lynn Price said...

LOL! Good one, Dino.

At Thu Sep 13, 08:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lmao--i love that one!


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