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Jan. 11th, 2008 | 01:14 pm
mood: relievedrelieved
music: Birdhouse In Your Soul

No, I don't watch Oprah. I have just had this head cold/sinus infection for nearly a week now and was half-seriously considering buying one of those baby nasal aspirators and trying to just vacuum the gunk out of my nose and sinuses. Some of the gals on the LUSH forum were preaching the Neti Pot and I figured at worst, it couldn't hurt, and at best, it might actually clear some of the ick out and soothe my poor irritated nasal innards.

For those who also don't watch Oprah and don't hang out on the LUSH forums, a Neti Pot is a small ceramic or plastic pot shaped sort of like a teapot that holds only one cup. You mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of warm water, put the spout in one nostril, tilt your head down and pour the water through your nostril so it comes out the other nostril. No, it doesn't hurt. No, you don't snort it. No, it doesn't go down your throat. It just runs in one and out the other and sometimes (per the LUSHies) it brings some really interesting and colorful gobs of infected snot with it. Supposedly it also rinses out pollen and dander and dirt and anything else that might be up there irritating or blocking your schnozz. Also, it feels ... good. Soothing. It moisturizes your nose and shrinks swollen nose tissues.

I used it once last night and once this morning. Looked like an utter buffoon, though not as much as the woman on the Neti Pot box, who is beaming a great big smile while water pours out of her left nostril. However, I can now breathe through both sides of my nose, which has almost entirely stopped running, and a couple of people at work have stopped by my office today to tell me how much better my voice and breathing sound than they did yesterday. So I'm going to write that up as a Neti success. And urge you all to try it. We can look like buffoons together.
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Anna Saccheri

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from: annarama
date: Jan. 11th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
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there was an episode of the office where jim bought pam a tea pot, but dwight stole it and said he was going to use it as a neti pot (and demonstrated sticking the spout in his nostril), disgusting pam out of wanting it back.

i wish i had a pic. it was just ridiculous because he looks like he is totally doing it wrong.

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from: cat_tat
date: Jan. 11th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
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how is your cold doing?

i think i remember that episode. :) sticking a tea pot nozzle in your nose just sounds... uncomfortable. my nostrils are almost too small for the neti pot spout!

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Anna Saccheri

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from: annarama
date: Jan. 11th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
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the cold is clearing up! (yay!) i'm still tired and achy but at least i can breathe. actually, tho, i am tempted to buy a neti pot now for next time i get sniffly and congested. so thank you for recommending it!

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from: cat_tat
date: Jan. 11th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I thought of you when I bought it, actually :) It's worked way better than squirting Afrin up my nose, and I'd definitely rather minimize using multisyllabic chemicals.... It would probably be good especially if you get sick again before delivering, or if you breastfeed the bebe...

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