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I'm FUNNY, Darnitall!

I've been told any number of times about Neti Pots and all the wonderful things they can do for the sinuses by various people over the years, from my roommate in high school who used one every morning, treating us all to her snorking and yarking at five on the dot, to my sister who is devoted to hers.  Yet the idea of shooting a quantity of saline up the old Jimmy Durante still remained somewhat daunting and excessive to me until this week, when I finally reached the end of my snot-covered rope after three solid weeks in the Ninth Circle of Allergy Hell.

Recalling both a story told to me by a CM friend here and a catalog ad I'd seen recently, I grabbed one of the medicine syringes they give us when we have to give the kids antibiotics, threw a quarter teaspoon of sea salt into 8 ounces of warm bottled water and had a go.  I was experiencing a great deal of...ahem....dribbling, so I decided to try shutting off one nostril while blasting the other.  10ml of salt water disappeared into my face somewhere, and didn't come back out.  I did the other side and 10ml more vanished up there.  I blew my nose several times, got some results but certainly not the volume I would have expected given the inflow.

I sent my sister, the Neti Pot Expert, an e-mail describing my experience.  She told me that what I did was cool and yes, the sinuses are way bigger than one would imagine.  Her advice was to keep doing it a few times a day to get things cleared out and dried up in there.  So yesterday afternoon, while Little Nigel and I were watching Ninja Warrior, I began to be wheezy and sneezy so I went into the bathroom to do that voodoo and Little Nigel followed me and watched in amazement as 25ml of salt water vanished into my face.  "Wow!"  he said in six-year-old fascination with Anything Remotely Revolting.  "Can I try that?"  Okay sure, why not, knock yourself out kid.  He managed to make about 15ml vanish, then he blew his nose and had a mini-meltdown over what emerged. "No wonder I feel so crappy!  That gunk is blocking up my snot locker!"

Ahhh, memories to treasure...

**Update**  I have noticed that I wake up feeling way less congested than I did before "syringing" myself a few times a day.

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 2:24 PM ROFL!!!! I should pull mine out soon, the season is here.

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 2:31 PM Snot locker?  That is a new one.

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 3:34 PM Suddenly, I fell the urge to purge my own snot locker.  (priceless, absolutely priceless)

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 3:43 PM

If you want it to run out right away, you have to tip your head wwwwaaaaay to the side, parallel to the floor. That way it all drains out instead of getting stuck up there and creating more nastiness!

Hey, at least you didn't use a toy baby bottle.

Do you think it helped?

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Jun. 1, 2008 at 11:54 PM I keep thinking that a Neti Pot is in my near-future, too.  My make-shift attempts have all been particularly satisfying, though the syringe thing never once entered my mind.  Snot locker - my seven-year old will love that one!

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:52 AM Bahahaha!

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 11:25 AM LOL! I do this about once a week with saline jets( Little pink saline vials) in the shower. I flush out my sinuses because  KY is the ragweed and allergy capital of the world. LOL! My kids think it's so gross when i start snorting and snuffling! LOL! It helps me though.

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Jun. 8, 2008 at 3:18 PM It's SUPPOSED to come right back out again (with your head all the way sideways)!!!

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