Saturday, April 10, 2010

Julie VS The Neti Pot

I know what you're thinking. "That stupid drunk Night Notes girl gets engaged and suddenly she has no time for night notes, haiku monday or general hilariousness and certainly not reading our blogs because she's too busy planning her gigantic fairy tale perfect wedding. " But I'm here to tell you today, that's not true. I don't even want to plan a thing besides what dress I'm going to wear and if possible I'd only invite like 3 people, so there. Nat and I are moving however, (like a step out of downtown, gasp!) and I have a crazy intense class this semester. Furthermore, there is one set of night notes, but that napkin *mumbled those words at me unintelligible, so they can't be posted.

Anyway, so we had all that sparkly snow which was in cahoots with spring, and now Pollen is all like "YIPPEE Snow! You get some rest. I've got this.  Time to take over torturing the humans like the evil fairy dust that I am!" I adore spring mostly because I hate winter, but I turn into a snotty mess. So far this morning I have had a zyrtec, a good old fashioned benadryl, bereve eye drops, one Zumba class, and a trip to Target to pick up more benadryl, a Vicks vapor inhaler and the infamous NETI POT! (In that order.)

I arrived home from Target and me and that Neti Pot stared each other down. (If you don't know what it is, just YouTube it. Oprah made it a sensation a while back or something. Go ahead, I'll wait.)

......Ok. So that's done. You've just watched a bunch of people giggle for 5 minutes before shooting salt water up their noses out of a plastic blue tea pot. Weird right? Well, I was willing to try anything to get my face to mellow. I set it up and then proceeded to rearrange items on my sink top. I realized I was acting like one of those losers in the videos stalling for time so I hooked it up to my nose and leaned over the sink. It took several seconds to drain through to the other side and it really didn't feel all that bad. Just don't stand up. For the love of god, keep leaning forward! Just trust me on this one.

The results? I felt immediately better for like 30 seconds. Then everything went back to normal and I'm just as in the middle of a vicious allergy attack as I was at 8 o'clock this morning.  I will use it again however. It makes sense that it should work, and possibly better after several uses.

*Bonus to who ever knows which mid to late nineties band sang those lyrics.

8 comments:

Christopher said...

I hate allergies. I was listening to This American Life the other day and some whack job on it said he got rid of his by infecting himself with hook worms.

If you try it let me know if it works :)

Eva Gallant said...

I have allergies, too. Lucky for me a prescription called Astelin I think that's how it's spelled) takes care of most of the symptoms without making me feel like crap.
Hope yours clear up soon.

Sarah RDH said...

hubs is having allergy issues. i tell him to take some fricken zyrtec and he won't just bc i said it. i know that's why.

Kristen said...

I did the same exact thing this weekend!! Annapolis must have been really bad for us both to stuff water up our noses with blue tea pots. I had the same experience you did. My dad told me you have to use the kind in a bottle (same brand) that you squirt up your nose...he gave me one. I'll let you know the verdict...

Cathy said...

I'm so freaked by the Neti Pot. Good thing I don't really have bad allergies, plus the pollen up here is nothing like it is out there.

Tracie said...

My allergies are in overdrive right now. I use a Neti Pot fairly regularly. In my opinion it works really well when I have a sinus infection but isn't as effective with the allergy stuff. Someone on npr said to eat local honey. I haven't tried that yet.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

OK, I am totally afraid to use that pot thing.

Stephanie Faris said...

My husband's ex is TOTALLY into the Neti Pot. She collects them. So when I was sick a while back and all my Facebook friends were urging me to buy one, I went looking. Those suckers were expensive. So I asked my doctor. He suggested a vaporizer, although he acknowledged Neti Pots work...he just said, "It's not going to be easy, so be prepared." I ended up going with the vaporizer...but you know what he recommended that REALLY worked? Mucinex. Same with my mom, when she had a sinus infection lately. It doesn't dry it up but what it does is break it all up. If your problem is allergies...that's different, though. When I was in my 20s, I used one of those sprays that coat your sinuses...it seemed to really work for me but it took 3 weeks or so to be in full force. It supposedly keeps the allergens from entering your body in the first place. The one I used was called Nasalcrom.