Saturday, April 19, 2008

I Love You Neti Pot!


So ... I'm the girl who's sick with a sinus infection, all year long. I have allergies to every imaginable thing on this beautiful earth. Trees, weeds, molds, pollen, grass, dust, dogs and cats. My allergy to cat-dander is so severe, I have to carry an Epi-Pen. I have developed all these allergies over the last four years. Lucky me.

EVERY one of my girlfriends have suggested I use a Neti Pot for cleaning out my sinuses. Please refer to the AWESOME images I uploaded for your viewing pleasure. I chose the picture on the left because of the sweet action-shot and its OBVIOUS outdated features. I chose the picture on the right because she had good cleavage and looked like she was about to work-out directly after using her Neti Pot (of course), which cracked me up.

Even though I was on the swim AND dive team in college (I sucked by the way ... I only joined because I figured it would be a good way to stay in shape), I'm the girl who plugs her nose when jumping feet-first into water. So you can imagine how long I've procrastinated to try the Neti Pot. I'd say I spent a GOOD 2 years procrastinating. I just couldn't imagine the benefits of jamming the end of a teapot up one nostril and allowing water to run along up inside your sinuses, and out the other nostril. Um yeah, no thanks!

All that aside, I woke up (extremely stuffy) this morning and LITERALLY thought "Today is THE day. Today is the day I buy a Neti Pot." So, when my errands were done, I went to Central Market and spent a GOOD 20 minutes staring at the Neti Pot box and contemplating its directions. 

I should note here that buying the Neti Pot made me really uncomfortable for some reason. I felt like I was 15 years old and buying a box of Tampons again. It just screamed the embarrassing equivalent of "HEY EVERYBODY, I'M HAVING MY PERIOD RIGHT NOW!" 

With that said, I made some 'I'm uncomfortable with you knowing I'm buying this" jokes to the adorable 20-something checker at the grocery store. I said dumb stuff like "Can you imagine how much fun I'll be having at MY house tonight?" And "See this woman's picture (pointing to side of box), imagine my face instead of hers and that will be me in about a half-hour." 

Why am I saying these things? They aren't even funny comments and it's making the poor guy wonder what the HECK a Neti Pot is, anyway!?! Torturing jokes aside, I bought the dang Neti Pot and made my way home.

And guess what you guys? I DID IT!

And guess what else? I LOVED IT!

I'm now a full-fledged Neti Pot junky!

If you're stuffy and need some sinus relief, I'm gonna be your girlfriend who says, "You should totally try a Neti Pot!"

8 comments:

Jodie Howerton said...

OK, we LOVE the neti pot in our house! Even Caleb lets me use it on him. As soon as the water streams out of his other nostril, he starts cracking up. This makes it a bit harder to continue the treatment. But, it has saved him from 3 or 4 sinus infections...he usually needs antibiotics,,,not so with the famed neti pot! Saw it on Oprah.....

Tracy Oberg said...

I too LOVE my neti pot and find myself telling people that the MUST try it. I hear myself and think "What a Freak", but I can't help it. I LOVE my neti pot.

Anonymous said...

I have been using one for 9 yes 9 years!!! It has almost completely rid me of sinus infection! I have Emily and Meghan do it too if they are even remotely getting sick (well along with the zicam and emergency of course). I even make saline solution 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking SODA and mix in 2 cups of water. I use my pyrex 2C measuring cup and boil it in the microwave for 6min. just so it is sterile. Then let it cool and use as needed!!! My whole family does it. We're obsessed too :0) (I do it 2x/day though)

Becky

Kristi said...

Lisa,
I love that you started this blog. I don't think I have spent this much time on my computer, reading and sharing all your hilarious stories with my family. When ever I am feeling down, I go to your site for some uplifting. Just seeing your smile, brings a smile to my face. I miss you lots girl! I will always think of you when I see the neti pot! Congrats! Hope it works for you. xoxoxo~Kristi

Anonymous said...

SHUT UP! Long live the neti! :)
-MB

Robert D said...

Sounds to me like a perfect opportunity for a party. BYONP. It would be legendary.

Anonymous said...

Lisa, reading this made me laugh so hard I was crying! I think I felt the same way when I bought my neti pot or as Anne calls it - "mommy's watering can". I just felt goofy! Anyway, I'm still kind of in the closet about using it - I lock the bathroom door when I'm using it - I don't want Scott or Anne to see me!

:) Sarah

Joe said...

Ok. Just used my Neti Pot for the first time. Wife thinks I'm a freak now because I am so EXCITED about the results. I just can't believe how well it works and it doesn't even feel weird (well aside from standing over a sinking with a pot up your nose). Thanks for letting me know about this wonderful product! I don't know how I lived without it for so long. Neti pot rules!