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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Adventures with my Pot

I always swore I would never use one. You know, because of the Epic Grossness surrounding it. And because I have sensory issues. But after Day 50-Whatever on antibiotics, and a looming surgery if the latest meds don't work, I caved. My principles crumpled around me and I totally knuckled under the sinus pressure.

Y'all, I bought a Neti Pot.

Oh yes, I did.

(And I even used it.)

For those of y'all who don't know - and really, who ARE you? don't you know Dr. Oz? - a neti pot is an I Dream of Jeanie look-alike that doesn't produce a gorgeous lady dressed in clothes that barely exist. Instead, you fill it with water and saline solution, pour it up one nostril and let the water slowly creep higher and higher inside your sinuses until a "No Swimming" sign appears and the water comes pouring out of your other nostril.

I totally want to see a You-Tube video of Miss America demonstrating the use of one.

And I know y'all are just dying to see me demonstrate one. But guess what? Ain't. Gonna. Happen. (HUGE surprise, I know.) Y'all, I won't even let the husband see me do this. Because it's not exactly a spectator sport. Plus, the husband would want to laugh at me talk to me while I was doing it, only I can't exactly talk during the torture. I've been told that most people can manage that feat - talking while neti-ing - but I can't even walk and chew gum at the same time, so...

And besides, if you are talking to someone, it's typically because they're in the same room with you. Which means someone would actually SEE you doing this. And does anyone really need to see that?

But I must confess... despite my sensory-self completely and utterly hating it... it worked. I think. I'm still on antibiotics, so I won't know for sure until next week. But if I have to have surgery after all of this, I think I just might scream.

Actually, I KNOW I will scream.

Just as I'm sure y'all are now. Because you're gonna have Neti Pot Nightmares.

37 comments:

Christi said...

Which one did you get?

There are two that are sold by C-V-S & w@lgreens and one is MUCH better than the other. The grey one that looks like a gravy boat has a different saline content than the one that looks like a little blue teapot. The grey one stings, the blue one doesn't (unless you don't add the right amount of water). My kids will use the teapot but I won't even ask them to try the gravy boat.

Just letting you know.

Kim K. said...

I'm glad you're getting some relief. AND you totally crack me up.

bbmomof2boys said...

Hi, my name is Carla - nice to meet you!

Ya, I thought I'd introduce myself since I had no CLUE what that was!!!

Girl - you had better get your little butt in gear and get over this thing because your other DAUGHTER is waiting for you in China!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hugs,
Carla

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

N-Pot! My hubby uses his twice a day! such a turn on! LOL!

I MUST have sensory issues too as I am much like you in many of these situations! I am even frightened of the drops at the eye doctor! I am pathetic!

Lea
xo

PS. hoe the N-Pot work for you!

Aus said...

Well - glad you are getting some relief - Marie does this too....I on the other hand simply refer to it as 'water boarding'.....just sayin'..... ;)

hugs - aus and co.

autumnesf said...

The hubs bought one of these recently and now loves it.

Ewww.

I still have not been able to talk myself into trying it. But then I havent been sick yet either. But if you can do it and live, surely I can -- since I don't have sensory issues and all.

Or maybe I will just never try it.

Jennifer said...

My husband has used a neti pot for a couple of years to manage his allergy symptoms. He loves it! I'm glad you found the courage to do it. I still haven't!

sara said...

So gross, but super helpful. I actually prefer the Neil-Med squeezy bottle to the N-Pot. For whatever reason it feels less like I'm drowning. It is messier though, which ups the gross factor.

thewonderfulhappens said...

I caved to the Neti Pot too, after months of sinus headaches....cause, I like to wait until things are just excruciating before I look for simple answers. My 4 year old watches and talks to me while I do it....and no, I can't talk back during.

Beware, every once in a while, the water goes wonky, and 5 hours later, while you are doing something else, water will just trickle out of your nose. The first time that happened, I laughed for about 10 minutes.

I introduced it to my friend and now she calls it the lovely water fingers that massage her brain.

By the way, this is Elizabeth (previously from Romans 8:15)--I changed my blog :)

Walking to China said...

My husband has also used one and while not exactly a marital turn-on, the lack of snoring from clear sinuses was a side benefit.

I just also have to say that I am happy that the title of your post isn't "Adventures with pot." That "my" made all the difference!

Shonda said...

Oh this is too funny. My husband recently discovered the wonder of the pot. I mistakenly looked over while he was in full snot drain mode, and the visions have haunted me, both day and night, ever since. I think I might rather have surgery???

Dawn said...

My sister uses one and sings it's praises quite regularly. And (for the record) she has has even carried on a conversation with me while using it! LOL

Be blessed!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

You got a snot pot! LOL!

I bought my husband one and oh wow did it make a difference. No longer snorting and sniffing compulsively every 15 seconds.

I almost gave in recently, but held strong. I have had a mild sinus infection for a few months bothering me on and off. Yuck, ick, yuck! I was thisclose to buying my own (not the sort of thing you share, even with a spouse) when the infection taste was nearly it's own entity. Bleh, thankfully it went away. For now.

Glad it worked for you! I would love to see a video clip.....

prechrswife said...

I do have sinus issues. I don't have sensory issues. However, I have not been able to bring myself to try this yet. The whole concept ranks right up there in my imagination with scratching my eyeball with a fork. One day, I may cave, but not yet.

Briana's Mom said...

I have heard these little pots are fantastic, but I cannot bring myself to try it. I keep imagining myself choking to death.

Sarah said...

I remember right when Dr. Oz was first on Oprah and talking about Neti pots... women came flying into the store asking for these. What's really funny is that women didn't remember the name "Neti" but would ask for a "nasal bidet," as that's how Oprah described them on the show. I think that's so funny and I still giggle about it. I hate putting *anything* up my nose and will have to be pretty stuffed up miserable before I do... but they work! :)

Johnny said...

I've always joked with a Neti pot enthusiast of mine that one day, I'll read in "News of the Weird" of someone who accidentally drowned themselves with a Neti pot.

Don't be that SOMEONE!

(heh)

Patricia/NYC said...

TM...I am SOOOOO glad you caved & got yourself a Netti Pot!! I swear by it & I have M.A.J.O.R. sinus issues. Actually, I use the Netti Bottle...much easier, IMO. Just be sure to use it twice a day for maximum effect! :)

Praying this helps & no surgery required!!!!

Cedar said...

I am glad it is helping. It really should. I discovered them when I was pregnant and used the bottle 3 times a day just to stay sane. No surgery would be a good thing.

Lisa said...

I prefer the Neil Med squeezy bottle too; it might be a better fit for you!!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Guess I have been out of the country too long...I have never heard of this? Sounds painful and yucky and I feel terrible that you have to resort to using it...especially with sensory issues. I really understand...I cannot stand the thought of anything going up in my nose. Greg has tried to get me to use nasal sprays when I have sinus infections but I. Just.Can't. Do. It! Praying for you!!!!!!!!!!!

OneThankfulMom said...

My med student daughter uses her neti pot twice a day and is convinced it makes a world of difference. She had sinus surgery two years ago and has used it faithfully ever since. I hate to say it, but I think long term consistent use is the key. I hope it helps.

Lisa

Sunday Koffron Taylor said...

Fingers crossed X !!!!

Claudia said...

oh I can't believe you're STILL SICK! So sorry to hear it :(

LucisMomma said...

Hope it works its magic on you! I cannot believe you are using one--it would do me some good, too, I'm sure, but I can't get past the whole "water up my nose" thing. Talk about sensory issues!

Keating Mom said...

We both (hubby and I) use the squeezy bottle thingy too! It really helps when you do it regularly. Get better!!

Sharie said...

YIKES! and that's all I can say.

Sharon said...

I'm not really sure what to say here... heh... Ummm, did it burn like when we get water up the nose?

Patty O. said...

I have been begging my husband to use his neti-pot. His allergies and snoring are out of control and I figure it can't hurt, right? I've heard so many good things about them. But my husband cannot stand the feeling of it. He says it feels like he's drowning. (Of course, I myself have never tried one and probably never will--I can't stand stuff in my nose...)

And we wonder where our kids get their sensory issues from....

epin said...

I love the neti pot. It has saved me from many sinus headaches!

Kristi said...

I can't bring myself to try one yet, but my husband swears by it...

Mia_h_n said...

Wow, you're actually facing surgery?? That would also be my only reason for ever using the Pot! :D I hope it turns out it was worth it!

*shutters at the thought of using the Pot*

Annie said...

Oh my goodness! Too funny! A friend of mine bought us one after, I am certain, she got tired of hearing me complain! LOL! I have NOT had the courage to use it and honestly, TM, after reading your post, I still don't think I do!!!! LOL!!!!! Seriously, though, I really hope it worked and you don't have to have surgery. My friend swears by it!

Anonymous said...

I do the snot pot as well.
It can help.

Sometimes I double the potency of the solution, that really clears things out in a hurry!

Just a tip, I personally find that if you just did a little bit a heavy breathing just before you put it to your nose, it goes through faster.
I think it widens things or something..

Cindy

Vicki said...

Maybe it's because I've actually done this before, but you paint a fantastic picture with words. I can SEE you wrestling with that pot!

3 Peanuts said...

I have had a netti pot for a few years now and I loathe doing it too but it does work:)

CC said...

I got one for free. It's still in the packaging in the closet. Not sure if I'll ever use it....