Monday, November 12, 2007

A New Kind of Torture

I've had sinus issues for as long as I can remember, and all the wonderful things that go along with it. Brother is the same way, which leads me to wonder if it's not genetic.

Anyway, resident suggested I get a bulbous sucker thingie and try to irrigate my nasal canal that way. So, I bought the nasal sucker thingie and tried it. Didn't work. I was lamenting my sinus problems last night when Toph suggested something called a Neti pot. After some brief research, I thought I would give it a try. So, I stopped by Walgreens on my way home and bought one.

I was sorta hoping to find the kit with the cute little blue pot, but instead I ended up with the kit that looked a lot like a gravy boat. I hurried home with my purchases, let the dog out, and set up shop in the bathroom. I took the little gravy boat, filled it with warm water, emptied a packet of sinus wash mix into the gravy boat and stirred it with the little plastic spoon that came with the kit.

The whole premise of this pot is to flush out your sinuses using salt water and gravity. I wasn't sure how it was supposed to look, so I looked up a demonstration on YouTube. It was helpful because I at least had I an idea if I was doing it right. If I did it and salt water leaked from my ass, we would have a problem.

It worked exactly as described, but I'm not too impressed with how it felt. I took swimming lessons as a kid, and would get water up my nose all the time. I hated that feeling. When I did the first nostril, I was flooded with images of me learning to float on my back when I was 8 years old. I was disappointed that copious amounts of sludge didn't come forth as a result (I've been battling a sinus infection as well), but my nose didn't feel as stopped up. After clean-up, I downed a shot of ThermaFlu and crawled into bed.

While my sinuses seem to be clean, whatever I have has uprooted and moved further down the respiratory tract. My voice is completely gone. I'm so tired, that when I walk from my room to the kitchen, I feel like I should stop by the living room and take a nap on the couch.

The best part? My house is playing host to a home decor party. A friend is using my house for the shin-ding because her house is being remodeled. From the sounds of it, everyone from work is going to be there. If I don't feel any better, I think I shall just lock myself in my room and let everyone else do whatever they want in the house.

Meanwhile, I'm busy making homemade chicken and noodles. Complete with some homemade dumplings.


Spyder said...

I've tried that. I think it helped, but it sure felt weird.

Average Jane said...

I love my neti pot. I just used it this morning.

You can combat some of that "pool water up your nose" feeling by playing with different concentrations of salt and different water temperatures. Plus, when your sinuses are already irritated, it's always a little harder to take.

Well Hell Michelle said...

When my sinuses start acting up, I use a nasal spray called Sinus Buster and it cleans out all kinds of gunk.

I hope you get to feeling better soon.

"The D" said...

That sounds about as much fun as a cavity search exam. Srsly why would someone do that? Just the thought has me gaging. BLEA!!

IDigSmartLadies said...

There's something very very unnatural about pouring water up your nose and letting it run out. This seems like something I'd expect out of the colonic irrigation and ear candling crowd.

Melinda said...

I'm quite surprised that the doctors in Sarajevo didn't make me do something like that. Sounds like a punishment to me. I'm with Michelle - spray some shit up your nose and call it good.

Heather said...

I've done the sprays...they don't work. This irrigation thing works much better. I'm not saying I enjoy it, I'm just saying it works.

I like candle wax, but not in the way you're referring to.