That feeling

Monday, October 13, 2008

I was thinking earlier today about how I could most accurately and uniquely describe just how crappy I've felt all day. Because there are only so many ways to describe sinus congestion and voice hoarseness and coughing up yellow crap. I mean, not that that image wasn't effective I'm sure, but I'm guessing you don't want me to continue with the description of it.

And then I dropped my phone in a toilet. And it took me like 10 seconds before I realized that I'd done it, so my phone got to marinate in the toilet water before I fished it out. Thankfully I had not yet peed.

And I'm pretty sure you can all empathize with the feeling of knowing you've just done something incredibly stupid (and unsanitary). Something that will cost you 300 dollars out of pocket (since you're still locked into your contract and this phone was only 3 months old...). Something that will cause you to lose every. single. phone. number. you've had in a phone for the last 9 years.

Imagine that feeling. Plus A LOT of snot. And that would by my day.

14 comments:

ender said...

clean it with hand sanitizer. then let it dry out for at least three days. you'd be surprised, a lot of phones will survive that immersion. my old nextel was run through the extra long soak wash - then twice thru the drier - and while the SIM card was toast, the phone itself still worked. i was shocked.

(other half is the one who washed & dried it - and even went back downstairs to check on the drier since it was making a funny thunking noise and she STILL couldn't tell my cell was in there!!)

Pontchartrain Pete said...

Someone said on the Twitter a while back about sealing the wet device in a Tupperware container with a bunch of uncooked rice for a couple of days, then see if it works. Try it, if you haven't thrown it out the window yet.

carolyn said...

GAAAAAAAAH. The mom in me is itching to pick up the phone and just raise hell on your behalf. I wish there was something I could do.

Cathy said...

I am always afraid that is going to happen to me, thankfully I haven't dropped my phone in a toilet... yet. Really a big huge bummer.

Still thinking about you and hoping the blasted F*** headache leaves your head sooner rather than later.

Leigh C. said...

Damn damn damn. You'd think, with all our technological advances, that we'd have invented a cellular device that's waterproof. But noooooo...

I'm so, so sorry.

Anonymous said...

I dropped my phone in the toilet once and took the battery out - dried everything really good - let it set for a couple of days - and everything ended up working fine - all numbers still there and everything. Good luck.

Flea said...

I got one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Motofone-F3-Unlocked-Phone-International/dp/B0013A7KMW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1223950229&sr=8-1

There are no games, the screen is black and white, it's just a phone, but I love it. You'd probably hate it. I'm old that way.

If the uncooked rice doesn't work, use the moisture wicking things which come in pill bottles and shoe boxes and seal it all in a Ziploc bag. For a few days. After taking the whole thing apart and gently blow drying it.

Ness said...

I'm sorry Katie that you've had a really crappy Monday.

If it's any consolation, that Crap Loader that has been dumping on you for the last month or so visited my daughter today and the shunt isn't working and the headache is back with a venegance. And our medical staff has their heads up their butts. I think they took a workshop with your inept doctor.

Hope you can get your phone dried out. I've heard a lot of success stories of people who tanked their phone and they survived.

robin in seattle said...

Um, I've definitely done that. My SIM card has worked in other phones, even when the phone was toast. I was able to get a Cingular (or is it AT&T again now?) pay as you go phone, take out the SIM card, insert mine, and was set. $20 at Radio Shack.

However, if you're trying to salvage your phone, leave it off for several days. Do not succumb to the temptation to see if it works (I think this is how I killed mine). If you already did, well, you are in good company as far as ruining phones by dropping them in the toilet (this seems to be a surprisingly common phenomenon).

That's my unsolicited advice. I'm telling the universe it's time to pick on someone else!

Anonymous said...

Try the rice, that is what the cell phone place told my daughter to do and it worked. Ziplock bag full of uncooked rice and the phone several days later and it worked. Hope things improve for you soon.
Kathy

Anonymous said...

You need to put all the part in dry rice, no kidding it works, a couple of day and your phone will be back

Ryan Waldron said...

Put it in a dry place (like the aforementioned rice). let it sit there for like 10 days. don't touch it. Live free and unthered for a week and a half. then turn it on and forget that it didn't work.

I clean my keyboard in the dishwasher every year or so, then le tit dry while i go on vacation.

therextras said...

The heck with the phone, what are you doing to get well?! I'm a real believer in humidifiers - esp at night. Hope you feel better soon.

eve said...

I once had a similar cellphone moment. Day 3 of my new job. 2 mugs on my desk. One old mug, which held my morning coffee. One new mug, the "welcome to the firm" mug, which I politely kept on my desk, though it was ugly, and had become home to my cellphone during the day.

Cut to 10 AM: Take call on cellphone. Conclude call. Put phone in mug. Realize the phone had bouyance.

Yes, I had just dunked my cellphone in my morning coffee.

$297.