Sunday, January 10, 2010

I'm In Love!



Me and my neti pot.... we're best friends now. Whodathunk? I've seen these silly looking things on either Oprah or the new Dr. Oz show and thought, "No Way!"

I was even rummaging around my sister's medicine cabinet one day looking for an antacid, any antacid, but found her neti pot instead, "OMG! Do you actually use this thing?"

She did. She loved it. Highly recommended it! Bleh! Have you ever seen anyone use a neti pot? Well, I watched Dr. Oz stick this spout up his nose and run water from this tea pot looking thing up into his brain and out the other side. Let me tell you, it gave me pause. It was like a magic trick one of your idiot classmates would pull in third grade science class. You know the one. Billy Bonkers who's always gettin' himself in trouble. Yes, in 1962, if Billy Bonkers brought a neti pot to school, run water up into his brain and out the other side, touting medicinal purposes, his ass would have been tossed down to the principal's office in less that 5 minutes and everyone in school would have heard about it in less than 10 minutes and in about 12 minutes everyone in town could hear, "Eeeeeeeeewwwwe!!!" coming from about 350 kids.




So, here's the low down. Ever since my return from wonderful, beautiful and sunny Los Angeles, I've been sick with what I was sure was a mild case of swine flu. Low grade fever, stuffed nose, cough, tired... you name it (but not that thank God!) I had it! I even googled, "quit smoking get sick" and found soooo many others who had the same symptoms after quitting smoking. Apparently, your body really knows how to fight back when it wants it's fix! Finally, Friday I went to the doctor and I have the sinus infection from Hell! He gives me an antibiotic and suggests I get a neti pot!

"WHAT??!!"

Well, after one use of that silly looking thing, I am in love! I can breath! I plan on having an ongoing relationship with neti for the rest of my born days. I actually felt well enough to leave my humble abode and go eat some sushi with a friend. Thank you, Janet, for suggesting I might not actually have H1N1 and may only have a sinus infection and that I should see my doctor! Who knew that pouring water into your brain would be good for you? Makes me wonder where Billy Bonkers is today.






Maybe, next, I'll even try yoga!!



15 comments:

  1. Wow! My friend has one of these and LOVES it. Glad it has brought you relief. I think you are absolutely right about Billy Bonkers! Perhaps he WAS a genius after all!

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  2. I used to have terrible sinus headaches but didn't know about neti pots back then. If it ever happens again, I'll know what to do!

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  3. It's so true! Neti has gone where no man has gone before! ( I didn't think it was possible!)

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  4. I've not a neti pot that I'm starting to use again. My mom, who suffers from constant sinus infections, swears by hers!

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  5. The last time I saw one of those advertised, it was in a crunchy granola kind of catalog about 15 years ago. I didn't think people actually used them!

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  6. My six year old grandson started using it last year because of chronic sinus infections, and he doesn't mind it at all...I, on the other hand, am still in ewwww mode, though I will use the saline spray. Glad it is helping you!

    And my Billy Bonkers ended up in People magazine twelve years ago. Buried in his foot locker for over twenty years was a diary that he had taken as a relic of war in Vietnam, and in going thru that locker one day he realized that the diary contained the writings of a North Vietnamese officer, poetry telling of his love for his family, country, and life. Billy Bonkers (actually Paul Reed)vowed to return the diary to the officer's family, only to find out that he was still alive. They met when Paul traveled to Vietnam, and he even raised funds for the man to come to the United States to receive treatment for some health issues that couldn't be treated in his country. He (Paul) then wrote a book about his journey called Kontum Diary. An awesome story, and proof that even the Billy Bonkers of this world can rise above their tomfoolery! (how's that for an old fashioned word?!)

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  7. I've heard neti pots are most helpful. Guess I'll have to get one. Beats taking more drugs.

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  8. That Neti pot threw me for a loop, too. Which is not to say I won't try it. But still, it will be my last resort. It's the "ick" factor that's getting me. Sniff, sniff.

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  9. Geez...water on the brain...who knew it would be good for ya?

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  10. I don't know, I'm afraid I might drown. It looks not only dangerous but yucky. I see them at Walgreen and Target and wonder about them and who uses them, now I know. If I got sinus infections I might be more inclined. Just wait, now that I have said that I will come down with a zinger of a cold. Dang.

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  11. Don't use a Netipot, but do use saline solution (which goes in one nostril and out the other) ever since I had sinus surgery. Helps keep colds and sinus infections at bay.

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  12. We must be related! I see Doctor Oz has quit wearing the scrubs and "swinging free" as they say. I have the syringe version of the nasal cleanse. I have tried it a couple times, and never really noticed much difference, except that it made me laugh.

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  13. I used to do the "milk out the nose" trick in grade school....who knew I was way ahead of my time medically!!!!

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  14. Love love my neti pot! I became intrigued when I seen it used on the series "Six Feet Under". Did some research, and as a chronic sinus infection sufferer, and invested in this quirky little gadget. It does take some skill in using the first few times, but after you get in the groove it is absolutely wonderful. Immediate relief!

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  15. I just used it this morning! Since I've gone back to work, working with children, I've been nothing but sick half the time. My neti pot has saved me!

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