Saturday, March 13, 2010


I have discovered a new genetic condition.

It's called nareopathy and pronounced "naryopathy".

Definition: Inability for the brain to transmit the message to push mucous down the nasal passages. This is a rare defect, most likely genetic, that strikes about 1 in 1,000,000 children.

Okay, in all seriousness, I made up this word and this definition. But I think it should become a new word and a new definition and may even write the Canadian Medical Assocation about it.

Both of my kids have this condition. And because both of my kids have it, I suspect they must have received a mutant gene from some distant ancestor, because it comes from neither of their parents.

I honestly don't get it. Hannah - my brilliant almost 8-year-old - still, at the very most, does a slight blow through her nose. As a result, she has a runny nose quite often cuz she won't blow the dang thing! Seth is even worse. When I ask him to blow, he blows out THROUGH HIS MOUTH! All manner of instruction has been disregarded.

So, what is up with this? I have never met TWO children in one family with this condition. I just know that I have to get to the bottom of this disease, lest their mutant gene causes their own children to be born without.........sinus cavities (since their own parents never learned how to blow). Or something even worse.


Rachel Peterson said...

LOL I do not like blowing my nose. It is only after three sneezes shaking half of my brains downward into my sinus cavities do I blow my nose.

Laura said...

I admit that Rach i like this reminding me of a certain relative! lol

Unfortunately Dar, I do not have a solution for you. Hope you find a cure soon!

Darla said...

So you have a slight variation of the gene too, do you Rach? I don't understand how you can stand the sensation of so much snot in your nose, as opposed to blowing it out.

I just don't get it.

Rachel Peterson said...

Well, I was um more than mildly lazy about blowing it unless its dripping. I know it drives my mother completely insane.

Mrs. Wizzle said...

eewww! My theory is if it can be snuffed it can be blown.... Threaten them with one of those syringey thingys that they use for babies! ha ha

Darla said...

I agree with your theory, Mrs. Wizzle. However, my childen don't. And nothing sort of sitting on them (which would result in suffocation - and then murder charges.....:) to use that "syringey thing" that babies use - cuz I tried that when they were even smaller and less strong - would make it happen. They are too strong for me. And, if I got their dad involved, well....let's just say that they would end up likely needing rhinoplasty to replace parts of their nose that went missing when he SHOVED IT RIGHT UP. (He's old school....)

I'm discovering this goes on the list of "Things You Can't Make Kids Do", unless you abuse them to do it.