So there we were, about three days into our British vacation. Everything was perfect: the weather, the scenery, the company. The only chink in the armor was that I got a stiff neck on the flight over. It was centered in my right shoulder and made the bus rides difficult. Fortunately, my lovely wife carries with her an essential oil pain-cream product by Young Living. Its a lot like Ben-Gay, but it doesn't have menthol in it. I hate menthol.
"I can't stand it," I complained. "Can you put some of that stuff on my shoulder?"
"Absolutely," she replied and went straight to work. Grabbing the bottle from her suitcase, she generously lathered some cream on the offending limb. It felt a little thicker than usual and wasn't spreading like I remembered, but I figured I just didn't remember it right. Or perhaps the changing pressures and temperatures on the plain altered it in some way. Eh, whatever. As long as it made my arm feel better, I really didn't care about the consistency.
Three sizable handfuls of this stuff later, we both wash our hands. I sat a few minutes to let it dry and take effect before putting my shirt back on. The cream usually has a pleasant tingle, and it didn't this time. I came back out of the bathroom and looked to close the tube and put it away. I picked it up and read the tube.
"I figured out why it wasn't spreading well," I told Melissa, and showed her the tube.
"What?" she asked.
"You just rubbed me down with Toothpaste."
Melis fell to fits of laughter, as did I. I'll be fair: the tubes are both shaped exactly the same, and are both white. If they're sitting right next to one another, its very easy to tell the difference. If you're reaching somewhat blindly into a toiletry bag, they are very easy to mix up. That having been said, she'll not be living this one down for a long time.
If I wasn't concerned that I would have hurt her, I might have replaced Melissa's toothpaste with pain cream the following morning. I showered and we applied the real cream to my arm. You'll all be pleased to know that my arm felt a great deal better the following day.