Friday, October 29, 2010

A Video Starring Yours Truly as a Human Saltwater Fountain

My SOS went out via Twitter:


I then proceeded to fall asleep for three hours; when I awoke, I found myself inundated with helpful responses. (Thanks, Twitter!) As a result, I purchased Sinex, Zicam & the grand centerpiece, a NeilMed NetiPot.

If you've never used a NetiPot, here's the deal. It's a small plastic teapot that costs an arm & a leg. You fill it with hot water & saline, & then you pour it into your face. Seriously. Pour it into one nostril, & it comes out the other, along the way cleaning out your sinuses like you're some kind of freaking human fountain. Build on that craziness by adding a few kickers: For example, the instructions warn sinus sufferers like me not to use boiling water for fear of scalding the nasal cavity, which sounds like a fate far worse than a sinus infection. And it instructs you to breathe while you do it, but breathing borders on impossible when you're snorting saltwater. How do drug addicts multi-task?! Color me impressed.


It goes against my better judgment to show you the following video. For one, I'm makeup-less & ponytailed, which is not a look you'll ever see me sporting publicly. But I was sick, & everyone knows that sick days are ugly days. And in this case, funny days. This video is too good not to share:


It was an absolutely heinous experience, as you can see, & it took me about four tries to get it right. Of course, even when done correctly, it tasted like wiping out in the ocean - like when you're a kid on a boogie board chillin' in the Atlantic, & a wave crashes over you & you biff into a sandbar & come up choking on enough salt to melt a polar icecap.

Except I think it cleared out my sinuses. So I'm still doin' it.

11 comments:

Good Girl Gone Blog said...

eww but cool was my initial response. I'm sticking with that.

K8zimm said...

Dude! Neti pots are magic. I haven't had a sinus infection since last winter, when I FINALLY broke down and bought one. They don't cure it, but it feels SOOOOOO much better.

Sarah said...

I'm a big proponent of the neti pot. Though it shouldn't be that uncomfortable when using it - trying adding less salt and you shouldn't get that snorting ocean sensation.

Piper said...

Neti Pots are amazing!! I don't use too much salt, and that way it doesn't ever irritate. My best friend got me onto them and I use it every day!! Ha, they're so weird, aren't they?

Sara said...

ha!! I loved it! "I can't breathe, ohmygod, I can't breathe."

Meaghen said...

I just found your blog via another blog and kind of sort of love you. I read your 'about me' and '101 in 1001' and thing you are just adorable and very much like me, which I realize sounds very narcissistic of me, but whatevs. I can't wait to go home and read your blog from start to finis. Okay, me sounding like a crazy stalker is done!

Kristin & Megan said...

You're brave lady! I know people that swear bit it, but it totally freaks me out!

Heather Marie said...

Awww haha You are awesome for sharing this video! ; )

TheCuriousPug - Etsy said...

thats the exact same netti pot i have! i was so scared to use it at first because i felt like i'd drown myself. but the trick i do is say "kuh kuh kuh" as you are pouring it in. you dont wanna close your throat or you'll choke. takes a little practice but i like it now :) feel better soon!

shoegal101 said...

I just used that last night and feel 100% better! It seriously works wonders and was much better than the potent antibiotic I took that made me feel worse.

gem said...

Yeah, those are awesome. I don't actually have one, so I just snort water while I'm in the shower. I'm really into knockoffs and ghetto versions of everything.

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