May 14, 2009

Out of Service



Attention church people, preschool moms, and hospital billing representatives:

Today and probably tomorrow and quite possibly the next day, I will be unavailable to speak to you. As much as I would like to discuss the various uses of wheat grinders/what's on sale at Gymboree/the hospital bill I never received but you say is overdue, I'm going to be unable to take your calls. While delivering a stack of questionably clean towels to the bathroom closet this morning, I tripped on the bath mat and accidentally dropped my cell phone into the toilet....which one of my children forgot to flush. We don't have a house phone. I dug the phone out of the commode with the fish tank net and sprayed it with Febreze. I haven't found the courage to physically touch the phone yet, but even if it still works, I'm not sure that I can, in good conscience, get so close to an object that is saturated with urine and who knows what else.

Then again, I sniff my baby's diaper fifteen times a day, so really, what is the difference?

51 comments

Carrie said...

Sniffing a diaper is completely different than placing a cell phone bathed in urine on your skin! Just place it in a ziploc bag, take it to the cell phone retail store, tell them it doesn't work, and get a new one!

This totally sounds like something that would happen to me!

Christa said...

ew ew ew ew eeeeewwwww! I wouldn't be able to touch it either. But maybe some Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface spray might help...and yes take back to the store. I would think about it every time I picked the phone up.

beth said...

ahhh...the joys of motherhood! i'm pretty sure i would forgo trying to revive that one and just get a new phone. good luck!

Kelly said...

I've dropped mine in the toilet too. Just take the battery out and let it air dry for a day. That worked for mine.

little rambler said...

It should dry out with the battery removed, and there is nothing Lysol can't fix :0). Beware of taking it to the store for an exchange though, because "people who know" tell me that there is a sensor those experienced teenagers at the phone store (you know, the ones that got fired from the JC Penny photo studio) can use to tell if the phone has been immersed. Evidently liquid immersion voids the warranty.

LKV said...

Unfortunately I have had a similar experience with a phone dropped in a toilet! Let it dry for a day or two and it should work fine again in no time. Then you can set about disinfecting it….but hey, urine is sterile right?!?! Good luck!

Gary and Julie Smith said...

A hex on you for not taking wheat grinders seriously!! ha ha

Kris said...

I was tokd to put mine in a bag of rice for a couple days with the battery removed. That is if you decide to use it again!

Maree said...

Good luck with the new phone. Hopefully you have insurance on the phone and it won't cost you much to replace.

Carissa said...

DONT try and turn your phone back on! hopefully you havent, but if you take the battery out and let them dry out you might be able to salvage it. although in the toilet is quite disgusting, but i dont know if it beats mine. i was hungover from a halloween party and had my trust puke bowl next to the bed. guess where i knocked my phone?! i made boyfriend dig it out. now thats love..

by the way. i love your blog. i thought i was a mean mom until i read yours. lol =) now you give me someone to look up to

Carissa.. again said...

oh and yes they can tell if its been in water.theres a little sticker that changes color on the inside by that battery, so they will not let you takeit back. tricky bastards

Alicia said...

I sniff baby diapers to (my own baby's only), and my husband always finds it hilarious to say "smell good"? Never gets old.

Good luck with the cell phone.

Likes Chocolate said...

Sounds like a blessing. At least you will not have to answer the phone for a few days. You can try putting it in the oven on a very low temp to try and dry it out.

Viv said...

No, no , no...a somewhat sterile cell phone is a must. What else could I give my 10 month old to chew on in long lines after she has rejected all age appropriate toys?

Tonya said...

Put it in Rice to absorb the moisture. Maybe you should dunk it in bleach first...LOL

Linda said...

wow...I read that whole story and the thing that stuck most in my head was, "Her kids actually pee in the toilet! So jealous!"...


So the question now is, can you get a new phone, and CAN IT BE PINK?

Anonymous said...

Try rubber gloves and a face mask!

Too funny!

Jackie in GA

Lisa said...

Yikers! I can't help with the smelly thing, but I read once when you drop your cell phone in water you should turn if off and seal it in a ziplock back with some of those salt like packets they include in with shoes (don't ask me where you get them maybe it's a good excuse to go buy a pair of shoes?) for 24 hours and it dries it out. good luck....

Anita said...

OH MY LORD!!! Oh poor Jana!! I can't even imagine. I hate to jink myself, but I've been very lucky with phones.
Looks like you have lots of advise, good luck!!

amy said...

my husband threw my nephew in the pool- phone in pocket. We took out the battery and put the phone in the oven overnight (set at about 100 degrees). It worked great- you could also use a dehydrater. In your case, you may want to wipe the inside and out with clorox wipes first.

i really enjoy your blog- thanks for sharing your life with us.

girlnblack77 said...

@Kris: important step - throw out the bag of rice when you're done!
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Not as bad as a coworker's experience - he had to retrieve a cellphone the site foreman dropped in a portapotty! :P
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If you can't exchange it, maybe you can upgrade to bluetooth and just never have to touch your phone again??

Lissa said...

After having changed 5 sets of sheets in the past week, my first thought was more,"wow urine IN the toilet" and not "ewww gross cell phone in toilet". Though if put in the same situation, I'd probably just opt for getting a new phone -- I don't think any amount of drying it out could really sanitize it enough for my liking. -- By the way, thanks for the mother's day advice - I think I'm getting a really good birthday present out of the deal! lol

Foursons said...

LOL- love it! I especially like that you felt the need to alert the medical billing specialists. Very important...yes, VERY IMPORTANT!

Janae said...

I did that with a pager ( back when pagers were the thing) except somehow it got flushed and to get it out we had to break the toilet. All this in a rental while I was prego.

tracy said...

Oh the horror. I would not touch that phone, ever... there isnt enough Fabreeze in the hemisphere to make me touch that phone

Ryan & LeDawn said...

I stumbled upon your blog from a friend of mine and the title of your blog is what caught my eye. My mom use to call herself the meanest mom. So I occasionally drop in and I just want to tell you that you are hilarious! Your blog makes me laugh all the time. You have a beautiful family as well! Keep writing about your life. It's great!

Thanks for the chuckles!
LeDawn

Sticky (not too) said...

New phone - for sure!

Sniffing a diaper is Totally different...*snort*

Melissa said...

But the phone in rice before you turn it on for 48 hours, and it will absorb the water. My cousin washed hers in the washing machine and got it to work.

pan x 8 said...

Yucky! Maybe you can find some peace for a day without the phone ringing!

And how much I hate to wipe my 2-yr-old-just-potty-trained son and change a poo diaper on my baby everyday, you'd think I'd be use to it. I don't think anyone ever gets use to poo!!

Cindy said...

To quote my favorite, though aged, alternative band from the eighties: Enjoy the Silence.

THAT is something a wheat grinder cannot provide...

Rebecca said...

When it fell in, did you say, "of course," like I would've? lol. Sorry about your phone!

Debbie said...

I'd just toss it and start over. No use in having to think about what still might be living on it forever :)

Karen said...

My daughter just did the exact same thing! Well, not exactly....she did't trip over the bathmat with a bunch of towels. She had the phone in her back pocket and it fell out as she was pulling up her pants. She found an old cell phone and had that activated until she can get a new one.

Malea said...

Oh Blech! Good thing your blog is so very popular, most people will probably get this message, and won't get upset, or make a 20 mile trip to your house to make sure you are o.k. because you didn't pick up your phone for a day when your mother called you..........................................................

Codi said...

Wow! Same thing happened to me today, but with my ipod! Unfortunately in my toilet there was more than pee. And the ipod sat in the toilet overnight. My 6 year old son came in to ask if I'd seen the bathroom at 4 am. I told him no and asked why. He then told me and I got up and went into the restroom and grabbed it out with my two fingers...GROSSSSS!! Obviously I was still half asleep!

Diane said...

My scriptures fell in the toilet at church one time. The toilet was flushed, but still. I was lucky they were in their case.

Kara and Theo said...

You don't mush a dirty diaper to your face and start talking into it. I'm with you on not wanting to touch that again. Use it as a good excuse to upgrade! =)

Crystall said...

I feel for you! Just last week as I was pulling up my pants (after using the bathroom)and my $250 Versace sunglasses fell off of my head into the peepee filled toilet. AAAGHH! Well, I decided that I probably touch pee and poop so often throughout the day that I would have to get over it. I grabbed them out with a pair of tongs and threw them into the sink. I used a half bottle of antibacterial soap on them and managed to feel a little better. I really have very very few things that are purchased for more than $20 for myself, so the sunglasses were coming out of that potty...one way or another.

Jennifer said...

NASTY!!! My mom just told me today that she dropped her glasses in the toilet as she was flushing it last night. She was barely able to save it. What is going on today?!?!? I think I'd get a new one.

Kyle and Carrie said...

Well if you are really worried about it maybe this will help. Urine is actually sterile and has no bacteria in it. Then again who knows what is/was lurking in the commode....

You most likely will have to end up buying a new phone, sorry.

Krystal said...

Can't be worse then my almost 2 year old sweet son of mine stealing my phone, stashing it somewhere to where I couldn't see it when I took him outside and then throwing it into the septic breather line. Weird thing about that was I heard my ring tone coming out of the septic tank about 10 minutes later because I sent a plumber an e-mail to come over here and help me get the phone out of there...I guess he didn't read my e-mail clear enough because he called me phone a million times only to e-mail me back asking why I didn't answer my phone....lol

leroberson said...

ok, so someone prior to me posted that someone she knew accidentally washed her phonein the laundry and then she did the rice thing and it worked just fine, so put your phone in the wash ON PURPOSE (maybe with some bleach and very hot water) and then do the rice thing.....it would be germ free and fixed......right?

brossettelewis said...

I would stop by the service provider and ask them if they know who you are?!?! They should give you one for free if you promise to blog about the wonderful experience. Do they know the influence you have?

Good luck. I hear there are some good rebates...

feefifoto said...

Don't bother. Having dropped my phone(s) in two pedicure buckets and one swimming pool, I can assure you that it's probably a goner.

Ann-Michelle said...

Yep, just chuck it. My son threw my phone in the bathtub last year. Then, just a few weeks ago, the new phone went in the bathtub too, but that was my fault. Neither phone survived.

Lori said...

I worked at a cell store, among other jobs, in college and the most common reason someone came in to the store was that they had dropped the phone in the toilet and the screen wasn't working. Most thought it should be covered under warranty and would try to leave it with me. Gross!

katrina said...

Chant with me: Urine is sterile, Urine is sterile,...you get the picture but in any case that phone would have went in the trash-- germaphob present

Dawn said...

I did the very same thing once... but it was a hotel bathroom while we were on a weekend get-away.

Yes, I got a new phone out of it.

Scholar said...

What is it about kids not flushing toilets? Maybe as a punishment you should call up your child and have him/her answer the cell phone--just say Santa is calling to double check on the wish list!

No, I'm not that mean, or I might have a blog about being the meanest mom, dad, or something like that.

MommyAmy said...

This is why I always pick the free phone that comes with the plan. You wouldn't believe how many phones I've destroyed...

Totally_Toni said...

OH NO! I thought my iPhone was going to be kaput today b/c hubs knocked over a drink and it splashed in the direction where my iPhone was and it missed it, well a few drops hit it but I was so relieved.

I would have made him take back all the clothes he has gotten the last few days and gotten me a new one had it been ruined LOL.