Listeners help a girl 1200 miles away with hiccups
When people I meet hear I'm part of a radio show, they ask, "What kinds of things do you talk about?" That's always a hard question, because in a given show we could be talking about a proposal to spend $300 million on Statehouse renovations one hour and why vestibules pose a ridiculous problem when you're trying to hold a door open for your date the next. Kind of like Forrest Gump's box of chocolate...you never know what you're going to get.
That was true Wednesday when during the 3 o'clock news I got a phone call from my 10 year old daughter who is away in Florida for the summer. She had severe hiccups and was looking for some advice. The only cure I could remember was the sipping of ten small sips of water between hiccups. That didn't help. So we turned to our listeners when we went back on the air after the news and they delivered a ton of creative hiccup cures. Along with that, we learned our producer Joe Votruba as a weird hiccup trigger. When he eats jalapenos straight from a jar he gets massive hiccups.
Like I said, on this show you never know what you're going to get.
Since people were so nice to offer up these hiccup cures for my daughter I thought I'd share them here.
eat a spoonful of peanut butter
have a teaspoon of sugar
breathe in and hold your breath ten seconds, then without exhaling breathe in even more and hold five seconds
slightly tickle roof of your mouth twenty seconds with a q-tip
put your pinkies in ears at the same time and apply pressure
drink water from the opposite rim of cup while bending upside down (I never could visualize this one)
bite into a lime
clench down on your diaphragm
close your nose with pinkies while having your thumbs in your ears and suck water through straw
have a teaspoon of lemon juice
take a metal spoon and put it in the fridge for ten minutes, then put it to the back of your throat and lightly press against your uvula (that thing that looks like a little punching bag that hangs in the back of your throat)