Saturday, November 10, 2007
The Neti Pot.
I went to the doctor yesterday. I have a new doctor, and imagine my surprise, after peering in my eyes, my nose, my ears, she suggested a Sinu-Cleanse.
For those who don't know what a Sinu-Cleanse is, it's also known as a neti pot. You use it to...flush the goop out of your sinuses.
She demonstrated how to use it, and explained how it could help. I'd heard of it before, but I'd always associated it with insane hippies and natural health people as an alternative to cold medicine. But I couldn't discount it now, for my doctor was actually pretty positive about it.
So, in addition to a perscription for antibiotics for a sinus infection, and some medication to help with my sleep, I bought a neti pot. And I tried it. First, I have to show you a picture of someone using a neti pot. (I found this using Google.)
Yes, it looks like she is doing illicit drugs. It's just a rinse of your sinuses with salt water, but boy it looks incriminating.
But I'd suffered enough. I was willing to try anything. So what if I looked stupid doing it. I sure didn't look good hacking up a lung.
So I tried it. J offered to take a picture of me doing it, but I couldn't find my camera. (Thankfully.) In fact, after I did it, I invited J to do it, which prompted yet another drug analogy.
It worked really well. I felt like I could breathe again. My throat felt almost normal. Combined with the antibiotics, I felt like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
So, I've become a convert, and a neti pot pusher. I made J do it because he's coughing up goop too. I'm not sure he was as excited about it as I am, but I'm way sicker, so there was more room for improvement.
Yes, it's silly looking, but it works.