Tuesday, 26 February 2008

No, Seriously. It's Going to Freak You Out!

What else is going on around here you ask?

Well, it's a busy time to be a spy right now, but you know I can't tell you why, so just trust me. Busy. I should be working RIGHT NOW, but instead I'm typing. And feeling guilty about the not working.

Also? I tried a neti pot, yes I did. You might have seen them on Oprah or maybe have totally never heard of them before.

I had a friend tell me about them and when he explained that it involved pouring water up one nostril and having it come down the other side I think I may have plugged my ears and sang "la la la la" for a while.

But he swore up and down and centre that it had cured, no exaggeration, all his sinus problems. So I Googled em. And decided it wasn't for me, what with the freaky video with the water coming out of the nose and stuff. But I also kept reading about how ENT specialists keep on saying they're the best thing you can do for your sinusus and how they're starting to recommend their use before and instead of invasive procedures and medications. But still, not for me. Nope. I don't even like getting water up my nose in the pool thank you very much!

But then I got a cold.

And I hauled out the Doctor-prescribed steroid spray (my Dad and I both have a tendency for sinus infections) and sat there, not feeling very much better, wondering just how much my body was enjoying the medications and wondering why my head hurt so much, hello side-effects.

So, imagine my surprise when I was walking through the local drug store (looking for razor blades, yup!) when I saw a whole neti pot display staring right at me. I'd figured I'd have to order one on line or go to a yoga store or some place where they sold crystals and prayer beads. (Not that there's anything wrong with that) And I figured I really had nothing to lose.

Seventeen dollars later, I'm at home psyching myself up to pour water into my nose. Without the help of alcohol or a cute bikini.

And I did. Followed the instructions all careful like and was only moderately freaked out when the (warm saline) water that was going in one side came out the other. Weird.

It wasn't really uncomfortable as such, just pretty darn odd. So I did both sides, wiped my nose and took a breath.

Through both nostrils.

At once!

No more stuffies, and even cooler, no more sore throat. Pretty much instantly. Something the drugs never managed to do.

I'd totally recommend it to anyone who suffers from sinus problems or allergies or colds n stuff. Very cool, very surprising. Very effective.

Not something I'd say I particularly find myself looking forward to, or anything, but it works so well I don't mind at all.

But dude, the video? Will totally freak you out. Don't say I didn't warn ya!


Blogger Alexandra said...

I saw those things at the local crystal store ( shush! I went for the organic bamboo yoga mats!) and...I was tempted but unsure....Glad to hear they worked for you though!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:42:00 am  
Blogger Tod said...

Weird. I haven't heard of this before and normally steer clear of faddy health treatments. But if proper doctors recommend it and it works for you!

Knowing my luck I'd pick up the wrong dish and flush with gravy sauce.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:43:00 am  
Blogger The Ex said...

DUDE. I totally need that. I suffer so much with sinus infections.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:08:00 am  
Blogger Jenn said...

We tried another crazy remedy for a stuffed up toddler, but it's supposed to work for adults too - Google "cold sock treatment" It sounds nasty, but its really supposed to work! Then again, if you have found love in your neti pot, you may not need it!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 4:08:00 pm  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I've been battling sinus problems my whole life. Which drugstore has them?

So glad it worked for you!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 5:24:00 pm  
Blogger LeahA said...

i dont think i could do it..hmm nope..it took me like 10 years before I could swallow a pill so I dont think i will be squirting stuff up my nose, it already has stuff up there

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 5:54:00 pm  
Blogger Victoria said...

Alexandra, they're worth a shot, I think, because I was unsure for a very very long time too! : )
(PS, I didn't say anything about the crystal store...)

Tod, apparently it's been around for thousands of years. Go figure. Oh, and thanks for making me snort with laughter at the image of you and the gravy sauce! LOL. Now I'm going to have to double check every time!

The Ex, try it, if it helps, wouldn't it be awesome?

Jenn, I'm scared to even Google it!

Yvonne, I found mine in the London Drugs on Yates?

LeahA, I know exactly what you mean! I can barely put in eyedrops ; ) Oh, and pills? I have to chew up food and then stuff the pill in the food and then pretend I don't know it's there! hee

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 6:24:00 pm  
Blogger abstractjenn said...

I have been wanting to try a neti pot - you've convinced me

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:37:00 pm  
Blogger Victoria said...

I hope you like!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 8:47:00 pm  
Blogger dilling said...

I have been "snorting" salt water for years...now that I know there is a better way, it's all good.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:36:00 pm  
Blogger Victoria said...

Yeah, and I'm pretty sure it'd make a cool party trick too... Dude, look what I can do!

Or.. maybe not?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 10:16:00 pm  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Thanks V, I'll check them out. ;)
(Haven't seen them at the LD near my place.)
Party trick?! hee

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:04:00 pm  
Blogger Victoria said...

I hope you find them. They were in the pharmacy alcove sort of area on a blue stand kind of thing : )

Usually LD has the same things from store to store, but occasionally you'll find the odd thing just in one or the other.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:07:00 pm  
Blogger Yvonne said...

They *should* all have the same stock but I find it never quite works that way. The Tillicum store is awesome but I hardly ever get out there.
The LD closer to my place (Saanich Centre) is probably the smallest and crappiest one in town. ;)
Thanks again for the tip.

Do we get to see a video of you demonstrating the product at your next party? >;-D

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 12:44:00 am  
Blogger Victoria said...

Now *that* would be a video! lol

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7:58:00 am  

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