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By Carol Perkins

I thought we had a roll of duct tape somewhere in the house, but I couldn't find it. Guy vowed he didn't have any in his work area, so I asked him to buy me a roll somewhere when he went to the post office. "But you have a roll of packing tape in the drawer," he said. "Duct tape doesn't work on boxes very well." I wasn't going to ship anything. I assured him I had to have duct tape for a project. Nothing else would work.

"This roll cost me eight dollars," he announced as he laid it on the kitchen countertop. I smiled.

I didn't tell him at first, but I needed the duct tape to rid myself of a few tag warts. Supposedly, by covering them with duct tape, they would/should eventually go away. (My doctor froze the original tag wart next to my ear, but the culprit came back.) What did I have to lose using the duct tape?

I waited until Guy went to bed and then tore off three pieces. I stuck one under my eye, one on each side of my face, and then I saw a small potential one beside my nose. Once the CPAP machine covered my face, Guy never noticed the silver slivers. Then I forgot. As I was drinking my first cup of coffee before showering, Guy gave me a double take. "What is that on your face?"

"Duct tape," I said calmly.

"Why is duct tape on your face?" I explained. He shook his head and mentally put this recent home remedy in the bucket of others I had tried.

I believe in trying home remedies. That is why I have been drinking two cups of ginger tea with honey twice a day for the last week to open my airway to stop the wheezing. Maybe between the duct tape and the ginger tea (which tastes awful), I will get rid of warts and wheezing. Oh, I forgot the apple vinegar drink that will curb my appetite and the elderberry capsules for my immune system. Then there are the oils for dozens of purposes, and the weighted blanket to calm me before I go to sleep. And then there are the...."

As for the duct tape, I later learned I had left out some essential steps. I was to leave the duct tape on for a week and then buff off the tag warts with an emery board. Presently, I may have seen no changes in my warts, but my face is tighter.

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