Just when I thought it was safe to go outside.
The sun has been showering down some serious spring weather. Buds are blooming and my dogs are eyeballing each other more than usual. But with that we pay a price. Even here in the desert we are not immune to springtime’s cruel joke. With all the spring loveliness comes the high pollen count. Now, I am not sure what a pollen count is but I know it affects my nostrils. So on a scale that only a real nerd would know, the pollen count here in Sin City is like a bazillion times higher than normal. Really? My puffy eyes and snot dripping on the keyboard gave me no indication!
My kids who have normally not suffered are suffering too.
“Mom, my eyes itch.”
“Mom, my throat hurts.”
Yea, join the crowd. So today as I was on my 37th Kleenex , I remembered something under my sink. No, not the 5 year old left over nursing pads. I had stored under there a neti pot. It sounds like some kind of mid-evil toilet, when in fact it is a torture device for the sinus cavities. I saw Dr Wizard of Oz talk it about it on Oprah a few years ago and being the Oprah lemming I was back then, I bought one (I have since broken Oprah’s evil spell on me. That is a whole other post). And there it sat under my sink.
So today I thought, why the dripping snot not? It looks like a small teapot with a long spout. I filled it with warm water and the small saline packet provided. I hung my head over my sink and shoved the spout into a nostril and slowly poured. There was that lovely sensation you get when you jump in a swimming pool and get water up your nose. Yep, self-induced drowning. And like some weird circus freak, the water I poured in one nostril, came out the other!!! And I thought the reproductive system was awesome! There pouring into the sink was some serious snot. Then I got to do the other nostril. Same weird freak show again. Then after blowing water and what I think was brain tissue out of my nose for a few more minutes, my drip was gone!!! All those years ago Dr Wizard of Oz was right! Almost tempts me to watch Oprah again. Almost.
Instructions say to do it every two hours as needed. Seriously? I think if I do that more than once a week I will have no sense of smell and go blind. So in my busy house where even toilets rarely get flushed, at least today my sinuses were.