What’s with all the old people with hoses taped to their noses? I must see at least a half-dozen per day, often many more.
Do they tape hoses to the noses of old people back home? If they do, how come I don’t remember seeing them? Is it just that there are far more old folks on death’s doorstep in Taiwan who hang out in public parks with their nannies, whereas back home they’d be holed up inside a nursing home? Or are the Taiwanese firmer believers in nose hoses?
What purpose does it serve? I haven’t dared get close enough to really scrutinize one up close, but I can’t figure out what it’s supposed to do. Sometimes it seems the hose doesn’t go up the nostrils but appears to be taped to the end of the nose, which would be really strange. And even if it went up the shnoz, what would it be for? Oxygen? Doesn’t seem to be hooked up to an O2 tank, I don’t think. Do they drip medication down the nose? Why?
Anyway, it’s not all that important (except for those wearing the hoses, obviously), and I don’t mean any offense, but I just see a lot of these things and wondered if anyone knows what’s going on.