Medical Use of Super Soaker!

Dr. David Keegan and Dr. Susan Bannister pulled a McGuyver when they improvised using a Super Soaker Max-D 5000 to treat their patient's ear wax!

Neither a formal ear syringe, nor a syringe of any kind was available on the island. The day was very hot, and no one was particularly in the mood to boat to Honey Harbour and then drive 45 minutes to Midland, just on account of ear wax. One of the owners of the property was consulted in his capacity as a professional engineer and the owner of a superbly stocked tool shed (rivalling a mid-sized Canadian Tire). He was not able to offer any substitute contraption of his own but suggested we approach his 4-year-old grandson to see if we could use his pressured water cannon.

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I have had some experience in treating ear trauma and I can say that this is a remarkably bad idea. It almost seems irresponsible to spread the meme on this one as there is bound to be someone out there stupid enough to try it. If they were not injured then it's only because they were spraying gently or not pointing it directly into the ear.

Even if you were stranded on a desert island, there are very few impacted wax problems that hydrogen peroxide won't fix, and I have even used it (in a dilute solution) to drown and irrigate out a wasp from someone's ear canal. eeaagh!
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