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To not expect an earwig in my inhaler - yes, AN EARWIG!!!!!

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PurpleLostPrincess Sat 29-Oct-11 10:58:07

Couldn't sleep last night and was up late (Friday night etc...).

Rolled over and thought I'd do a few puffs on my inhaler as I was slightly wheezy, so I took the lid off, inhaled, then sputtered. I thought there was a bit of wood in the back of my throat...

I took it out, ran to the toilet as it made me gag...

When I came back, I realised it was an earwig... AN EARWIG!!! And,

IT WAS ALIVE!!!!!!! shockshockshock

I then got a tissue, put it down the toilet, threw up a few times, then brushed my teeth and gargled mouthwash a few times...

AIBU to feel totally traumatised by having a live creature in the back of my throat? Oh my goodness, it was utterly horrible and I can't get it out of my head!!! I thought it was a bit of wood or something as it was all spikey.

Thankfully, DH comforted his woman and took my mind off it all, helping me to settle to sleep nicely. When I woke this morning, it hit me again and I have to consciously stop myself gagging when I think about it!!!!

ShirleyKnot Sat 29-Oct-11 11:00:24


Earwigs must love inhalers. When I coughed mine out it LOOKED at me and ran off.


RightUpMyRue Sat 29-Oct-11 11:02:24

Oh WOW shock YANBU.


PurpleLostPrincess Sat 29-Oct-11 11:12:08

ShirleyKnot, how relieved to know I'm not alone!!!

It ran off!? I think mine was a bit stunned to be honest - could be why it resembled a piece of wood, perhaps it's a mechanism to go all stiff when under attack...

Boak, boak......

Dillydollydaydream Sat 29-Oct-11 11:21:57

Omg. I HATE earwigs. They really make me cringe! Eugh!
My little boy was in the garden once and came up to mr gagging and coughing, I put my finger in his mouth and hooked out a earwig still wriggling. It made me shiver!

PurpleLostPrincess Sat 29-Oct-11 11:30:05

Thing is, I keep my inhalers in a small set of plastic drawers, so goodness knows how it got there confused. We only decorated last month, so it's all lovely and clean in the bedroom (for a change!).

They're horrible little things - anybody know what their purpose is?

Mandy2003 Sat 29-Oct-11 12:44:21

Just a quickie from Yahoo Answers:

"The word 'earwig' comes from the Old English 'earwicga', which means ear beetle. It was once believed that earwigs would crawl into the ear of a sleeping human at night and lay their eggs in their brain. In reality, earwigs are harmless to people. First they serve a purpose to the food chain usually as scavengers or sometimes omnivores. As scavengers they are beneficial because they feed on decaying matter to clean the environment. They make good prey for predators. When earwigs eat plants, they prefer to feed on weeds. They not only eat the weeds themselves, they also consume the seeds of the weeds. The earwig's mulching abilities can enhance the soil that it inhabit, making the soil even more ideal for planting."

Ah, bless them smile

But OP, that is really <boak> you poor thing. I always wondered why there were plastic caps on inhalers - guess I know now. But you had yours in a drawer as well...the ingenuity of nature huh?

NoTeaForMe Sat 29-Oct-11 12:47:43

They do nip you though! My Polish friend is scared of them, and as we were trying to convince her they are harmless one nipped my husband! We googled it later and it's true! Bleurgh!!

I feel sick at the thought of nearly swallowing one...thanks!!

PurpleLostPrincess Sat 29-Oct-11 13:08:47

Thanks Mandy, at least they have a purpose, I thought they were a bit like an appendix, in that they didn't appear to have a use to me!? (in my infinite wisdom - NOT!)

The cap was on the inhaler - have since thrown it out as it was getting low anyway.

Tea - I've been wondering if it bit me and clearing my throat all morning, sometimes have even had to go to the loo and spit down the toilet, but wondered if that may have been psychological...

<boak><boak> Yukky, yukky, yukky!!!

I will never use an inhaler again without fully inspecting it first, I'm scarred for life!!!

SingleMan25b Sat 29-Oct-11 13:35:35

Just image if you were asleep and all of a sudden you were fired into a large animals mouth, only then to be spat out and then thrown in a toilet and drowned!

Your only gagging - whilst the poor little earwig has been murdered!

Grumpla Sat 29-Oct-11 13:40:02

Oh. My. God.

I am on the verge of retching just reading this.

I fucking hate earwigs. Nasty bitey little bastards. One got me on the boob the other day and I had to do some VERY undignified moves to get it out of my bra.


Catsmamma Sat 29-Oct-11 13:45:55

I am still traumatised from being nipped by one that had scuttled into one of my rubber gloves

My finger went numb for days!

...well okay 20 minutes! but I could feel the numbness travelling from the tip up towards my hand. I was on the verge of phoning the surgery but the thought of telling them I had been mauled by an earwig was too much, and it did wear off quite quickly!

PurpleLostPrincess Sat 29-Oct-11 16:47:42

SingleMan25b - 'the poor little thing'!!??

That 'poor little thing' was hiding in my inhaler, in my drawer, in my bedroom and not outside in the garden where apparently it should have been! It was trespassing as far as I'm concerned and I have no remorse for my actions!


Still can't get rid of the whole traumatic experience...

JLK2 Sat 29-Oct-11 19:27:33

You probably get all sorts of things in your mouth that are worse. Spiders, flies etc.

Grumpla Sat 29-Oct-11 19:51:54


EatingLemonCheesecake Sat 29-Oct-11 20:08:10

oh man lol this has been both tramatising and wonderful reading smile have to admit i actually did believe they climb into your ear when your sleeping and have told that to my non native dh who is terrified by our wild insects now... #yuckyuckyuck#

Moomim Sat 29-Oct-11 20:08:53

I've nearly asphyxiated myself huffing pocket fluff from my inhaler, but never a minibeastshock I tried to be appalled but now I'm laughing so hard I've unlatched DD by mistake

EmmaBemma Sat 29-Oct-11 20:09:39

holy fucking shit, that is DISGUSTING. You poor thing, YANBU.

DrinkYourWeakLemonDrinkNow Sat 29-Oct-11 20:20:43

Oh dear lord two people on here have had this??! Urgh how AWFUL shock earwigs are terrifying things <runs off screaming>.

I very often have a half asleep puff on my inhaler in the night. God I'll be worrying about this forever more now.

Moomin I've done that with the fluff too. I thought I was going to choke to death.

Ghostfillybuster Sat 29-Oct-11 20:21:35




DrinkYourWeakLemonDrinkNow Sat 29-Oct-11 20:26:16

I think I'm asking for trouble cos I always lose the plastic caps to my inhalers leaving the way clear for any number of visitors.

Bethshine82 Sat 29-Oct-11 21:26:19

Ughhhhh horrifying! Evil little things - what is the point of them?!

Grumpla Sat 29-Oct-11 21:29:20

I'm going to invent an earwig-proof inhaler guard and become a millionaire!!!

I might make ear- and mouth-shaped versions too, for those earwig-fearers like me who are non-asthmatic but will nonetheless never sleep easily again after reading this thread...

Bethshine82 Sat 29-Oct-11 21:32:58

The dragons might like an earwig-proof inhaler guard, it's a gap in the market.

Grumpla Sat 29-Oct-11 22:32:17

I need Purple to come and re-enact the scene for me in my pitch though.

Otherwise they might not realise what a crucial item it is.

Culminating with spitting a live earwig into Duncan's lap.

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