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Ted Campanelli
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Ted shuffled out of his cave and grunted these great (and sometimes not
so great) words of knowledge:

> My daughter is in her mid-teens, and has tears in her eyes because she
> has an earache, which I don't even remember her ever having as alittle
> kid. She's almost never sick, so she doesn't handle this stuff well.
> Since the doctors are all closed, a friend who is a nurse-practitioner
> gave us a 3-day regimen of some antibiotic and the wife went to
> Walgreens to get something they call "sweet oil" which I figure is
> just glycerine. That, plus a dose of ibuprofen, I figure is the best
> you can do. And the ole' heating pad on the head, of course.
> Honestly, I don't ever remember having this myself. For some reason,
> I think they used to blow smoke in your ear. How this could help, I
> have no idea.

I remember having some ear infections as a kid and my folks blowing
smoke in my ear. My late mother (who was an RN) told me that the heat
from the smoke helped soften the wax buildup and the nicotine in the
smoke acted as an anesthetic to help relieve the pain.