The Nose: Guardian of the lungs

The nose.  Guardian of the lungs.

It humidifies the air we breath to 98% humidity (which, though we complain like mad when the outside is that humid, turns out is really important to our lungs).  It heats it to just below body temperature (also important for healthy lungs).

It acts as a filter for the air we breath, keeping particles as small as pollen grains out of our lungs.

In an adult, 18,000 to 20,000 liters of air pass through the nose each day.

Quite the busy face tool.

Also, there is that whole smelling thing.  Simmering stews, flowers, baking bread.  All things to make me appreciate the sensory world.

But, when you’re in a wheelchair, at the grocery store, turns out your nose is closer to things you’d rather avoid.  I’m not talking produce or even fish counter.  Sadly, I’m talking about my nose is entirely to close to people’s behinds.  And apparently some people aren’t so good at changing their underwear.  (Or apparently, she says cringing, wiping).

So very very tired of the broken feet….

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About woodenmonkey

Just your average solar powered, hybrid driving, organic eating, happily married, pro-choice, feminist Christian artist and writer from San Francisco.

Posted on September 10, 2011, in ouch, people baffle me. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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