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Friday, April 17, 2009

Neti Pot

Continued from yesterday:

I was desperate to breathe. No matter how much nose-blowing I was doing, it wasn't solving the overall problem of allergies. So I hit up Walgreen's on the way home from work.

They had 3 different brands! I couldn't even find one pot at Target. The pots all looked the same so I grabbed the one that came with the little salt packets.

I told Justin I bought one and as grossed out as it sounded to him, he wanted to watch. But with working on organizing the office and him setting up his computer, he missed out. Darn.

It didn't say anything about not using it *while* congested because, oh boy, was I stuffed up. I thought, if it doesn't work today, I'll try it again tomorrow. So I shoved the Neti Pot up my nose, tilted my head, opened my mouth and started to pour.

Hmmm, nothing came out the other side. I must have really been stuffed up. But where the heck did all that water go?

So before I thought I'd choke on salt water, I pulled the pot out and out came the water. I blew my nose like it said and surprisingly, it helped clear things out. So I tried it again on the same side. But I couldn't get the water to come out the other nostril. So I gave up. BUT! I could breathe so much better from that side.

I tried the other side and I got it to work. Water went into one nostril and out the other! Oh my garage! It was the wildest thing. Guess what? I could breathe! I demonstrated my breathing to Justin - impressed - and I slept most of the night without coughing fits and the inability to breathe, only waking up to rotate the belly.

I was going to do it this morning because I am a little stuffy (but not as I've been these last 2 weeks), but I ran out of time. So I'll be pouring water up my nose tonight. (Oh my Friday nights are EXCITING!)

Kids, the Neti Pot worked. Probably not as well had I not been completely stuffed up, but I'm pretty sure once I get everything flushed out (a few more days), that it'll be something I use on a semi-regular basis.

You can read more about it here and here.


John Hawkins said...

You should record a video using this product. I'm curious as hell as to how it works...

Jenny said...

I've thought about trying this once or twice but haven't yet gotten that bad. I'll have to give it some serious thought now!

(But I'll counter the last comment...I think a video might be too much! Does that fall in the "seeing inside of you" category?)

Rosemary said...

I totally appreciate you writing this. I actually bought one about 6 weeks ago, but have never brought myself to use it. It's nice to hear someone that I actually know give it a good review instead of relying on Dr. Oz from Oprah.

Jessi said...

John, there is a great video on youtube. I only direct you there because 1) I'm not a pro at it and they are and 2) I can't even watch myself do it because it's gross (especially when you're stuff up - mucus everywhere!)

Jenny - I agree!

Rosemary - I don't even watch Oprah (I think I'm in the minority with that) that's why I cited Dr. Oz. But actually, the articles I posted from WebMD and the Mayo Clinic are the real sources I trust. Not that he doesn't know what he's talking about (he does), he'll give it to you without all the medial jargon that can sometimes be confusing.

It's Monday and my breathing is much better than before. But it doesn't help when you rip up carpet and dust goes flying everywhere! So I'll be doing it again tonight.

-Tony- said...

WHAT! You didn't say anything about this when we were chatting this morning! You should have done a video! I would have probably fell out my chair laughing! I was crying reading about your experience! Now I've got to get one!

Carly said...

I have one. They are awesome!!