Saturday, March 31, 2012

To Neti or not to Neti

I have an awful sinus cold.  I have been sick for a mere 2 days and I feel so awful I can't stop complaining about it.  I can't take my usual cold and sinus miracle pill due to the gestating baby.  Therefore, I have been searching for internets answers, and all searches lead to the Neti Pot.  Which, if you have not looked at the youtube video yet, involves pouring saline water into one nostril and letting in drain out the other.  This idea kind of freaks me out a bit.  Will it even help me?  I'm not stuffed up, rather I am leaking from my nose and eyes continuously.  With a bad headache to boot.  It's not a sinus infection - I've had those before, this is "just" a cold.  There is no way I can go to work on Monday like this!  I'd have to stuff cotton rolls up my nostrils under my mask.  (Just for the record, I have NEVER done that!  But I know people who have.) And that is even grosser than pouring liquid onto my nasal cavities.  Have you tried it?  Did it work?  Did it make things worse? Is the internet crazy?  (it is, FYI.  One person suggested I "peroxide my ears". ???)

Also, as a side note, isn't is weird how all the baby develpment books compare the size of a fetus to various kinds of produce?  Anyone who has grown zucchini knows the wide range of what a "small zucchini" could be.  Couldn't they just uses inches instead? 


Nawana said...

Yay, Neti indeed! It really isn't as weird as you're thinking. The first time will feel odd, just breath through your nose. It clears you out like you wouldn't believe, it feels amazing. So many cultures have been using the neti method for centuries before pharmaceuticals, so I figure if it's worked for them for that long, something must be right. You've given birth naturally, neti pot ain't no thang.

Patience said...

dan and i both love the neti pot! it truly is great. and you can even make your own solution if you don't want to buy extra saline powder stuff. it is something like 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda in 1 cup of water... look it up though.