Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I've Become A Pot Head

Now don't go calling my social worker. It's all perfectly legal. My brother had mentioned these things to me awhile back. He has sinus issues like I do. But I never got around to getting one. Today at work after blowing my nose (or attempting to I should say) for the gazillionth time, another person suggested I try a neti pot.

So what is this thing, you ask? I'm sure some of you already know. But for those that don't, here's the deal. You take this little tea pot looking thing and fill it with lukewarm water. You drop in a saline solution. Then.. now get this... you stick it up your nostril and pour the water up your nose. Uh huh. You heard right. Make sure you lean over the sink though. Cuz the water comes right back out the other nostril.
Now let me tell you. There's nothing natural about pouring water up your nose. And the first time I did it the sensation of the warm water traveling up the side of my nose, across my forehead and back down the other side totally freaked me out. I accidentally swallowed a little salt water, too. Rookie mistake. Don't open your throat while you're doing it. I figured that out.

But see how the chick in the pic has a nice steady stream coming out the other nostril? My sinuses are so congested I had a drip. Like a leaky faucet. Drip drip drip. But the whole sinus rinse thing did help some. I'm breathing through my nose a tiny little bit now.

Oh and be warned... the things you'll blow out of your sinus cavity after this treatment... yikes! Who knew my head could hold that much snot? Sorry... TMI, I know. But you're reading about nasal irrigation. What did you expect? LOL!

I'm off to try again once more before bed. Maybe I might be able to sleep tonight if I can clear an airway. So who else is a pot head?

31 comments:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

WOW.. that is interesting...
Never heard of it before..
But will probably try it the next time I get sick..
Thanks for the info..
Have a Good evening.. Hope you feel better soon..

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I have always used nasal spray....which only works about half the time!!

Have to admit, this does not look pleasant, but if it works....I am sure it is worth it!!

Suzie said...

I've never tried a neti pot but I have several friends who swear by it. They say it really helps during allergy season. It just looks to uncomfortable and awkward for me. I hope it helps you and that you get a good night sleep :o)

Marla said...

Haven't been brave enough to try one of those, but sometimes I get pretty desperate and should probably check into it. Hope you get some good rest!

Debz said...

I only heard of these reciently and just thought it was another hair-brained marketing product..so you think it works hey....might have to give it a whirl.

Lumpy said...

Be careful, it's addicting!

Lumpy said...

It's a gateway. Pretty soon you'll be using ear candles, then coffee enemas. You'll need an intervention.

Michelle said...

I have heard of it, but am afraid to try it. I use saline spray and even that is hard for me to do. The thought of liquid traveling from one part of my sinuses and coming out the other freaks me out. And I gag easily. I am suffering from terrible allergies though, so perhaps I should suck it up(or out-ha) and give it a try.

Debbie said...

I am not a pot head, but my husband is! He swears by it, it's the only thing that helps him when he gets it bad. He tries to talk me and Derek into it, but we haven't been THAT bad yet! lol Oh, and tell Lumpy Derek has tried the ear candles and they really helped him! Guess we need intervention over here! Hope you feel better! Love ya, Debbie

Catherine said...

I had never heard of these until they were on Oprah. They're supposed to be great!

Hope it helps you feel better soon!

Debra Sue said...

I was a pot head until my allergist recommended the giant nasal spray. It's like a neti because it's filled with 8oz of saline, but it shoots the water straight up one side and drains from the other. He compared it to shooting a fire hose all over your nasal passage. Gross, but so totally effective!

I use it 2x a day along with a prescribed nasal spray, and haven't had a sinus pressure headache or infection in 3 months. Considering I was on 11 last year, 3 months is AWESOME!

OziMum said...

I can't even spray an atomiser up my nose, let alone pour water through it!!!

Ava's family said...

I don't think I could do it. I don't think I feel like breakfast anymore either......

Alicia said...

I love the neti pot! Although, I have a drip not a steady stream, but I always feel so much better after I use it.

Polar Bear said...

I LOVE my nettie pot!!! It is a life savor if you have allergies. I have had one for several years. I really use it during the early fall, or after I help out in the barn for a long time.

You're right ~ it's amazing what 'flows free'. :)

C said...

I'm a pot head, however I use sinurinse. It's available at the drug store and works a little easier.

love it love it.
always start my conversations with people as "I know this sounds really weird, but if your sinuses are really bothering you you might want to blow water through them."

haven't had a sinus infection since I started using it 4 years ago.

sea star said...

I am! I even turned my son into a pot head. He kept getting bloody noses, so I decided to see if this moistened the nostrils. So far he hasn't had one. snort on....

Johnny said...

Wifey has had one for a few years and only uses it when she's desperate (she's a bit lazy).

Personally, I have a rule about using things that can drown yourself.

"M" said...

I've tried to be a pot head a few times, but end up with an intense pain so I stopped. Pretty hard to believe it can be user error, but it could be the case. I think it has more to do with an deviated septum. Hope it is helpful for you.

Donna said...

That does sound freaky...but hey, if it gives you some relief, it must be worth it!

Janet said...

I have to try this. I think it would help with allergies.

Diana said...

I am going to get one of those:)
I have heard others talk about them too and everyone seems to LOVE them.

Lisa~~ said...

I use one too and it really helps. I used to get sinus infections monthly and be on antibiotics but since using the neti pot I have yet to get another infection.

Abby goes to Denmark! said...

After hundreds of sinus infections and a lot of pressure from my doc about getting a netipot, I decided to compromise and try the saline spray version of it (freaked out for the same reason as Johnny). However, I never got any liquid to come out the other nostril!! It all just kinda went into my sinuses (or down my throat if I sprayed too much) and then drained out the same nostril... but there's nothing "structurally abnormal" with my sinuses.

I'm pretty sure my immune system follows the opossum route...it plays dead and hopes for everything to go away!

M & M said...

me, me, me. I loved your analogy of the way the Neti Pot works. I too have started using this not too long ago and I can totally relate on the "drip. drip" thing at first. I just had to laugh after reading this. Hehe.

Michal said...

I wanna be a pot head too! I was just thinking about one of these today as my head was all cluggy and nasty. Hum.... I may just have to order one as I am morbidly obsessed with getting gunk outta my sinuses. Since you survived - maybe I will too.

Kayce said...

Huge pot heads in this house, all of us, even the kid. HA!! It is amazing what comes outa there! Too funny I was suggesting and you were trying it out. ;)

Joannah said...

I've seen those at Whole Foods! I've always used Ocean spray when I'm congested. Looks like this is a little more intense, but if I were miserable I'd give it a try.

Feel better!

Angela said...

I am, I am!
Miss polar bear told me about them at the bash of '07' before then I had never heard of them. At the time I had a REALLY BAD sinus infection, ended up having surgery, and the doctor gave me the sinurinse, I also have a neti too, both do about the same thing. Funny thing, before my surgery the water would flow just fine out of both sides, but for some reason after, it would be fine on one side, but nothing on the other, weird, it is better now, but I have to contort my face and nose a certain way to get it to do right.
Oh, and I agree with others, they are addictive!

Carla said...

Okay, the snot talk? Just gross.

And seeing it in action? Grosser.

Liene said...

I'd rather have to use that and watch water stream out of my other nostril than wonder what I looked like with my chest cut open - twice.

I agree though, snot is gross. I remember a lot of what I've blown out when I've been sick.