Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Woman in her Thirties Loves (Neti) Pot

I've been prone to sinus infections for most of my adult life, and if you're going to be prone to anything, I don't recommend this. At least once a year (or five times, when I was living in China) I would get a cold that would linger, lose my voice from breathing through my mouth all day, and develop a nasty rash around my nose and mouth from blowing, blowing, blowing. In a word: Attractive.

Since I'm trying to be more healthy and crap, I decided that I wasn't going to go my normal route this time to get better. My normal route includes tomato soup with as much Tabasco as I can stand, twice-a-day dates with my steroid inhaler, and, eventually, a trip to the doctor for meds. This has always worked, eventually, but leaves me with that lingering feeling that I have killed millions of brain cells through my nose, and that I'm one step closer to developing an immunity to antibiotics.

L's cousin, a doctor, recommended that I try a Neti Pot. I had never heard of it, but when a doctor recommends something a woman in her thirties listens. She said it is all natural and totally safe, and will work immediately to clear me out. She also added, 'You don't want to develop a brain abscess!', which is true. I don't know what that is, but I definitely know I don't want one. So I went to Walgreens and bought this one.

I've never been very good at following directions (just ask K), but in this case I figured I should. But while I consider myself a person of average intelligence, these directions had me very confused. I lean over the sink how? The spout goes in what? And it comes out where?

So I googled 'Neti Pot' and watched this video. This is not to most riveting video you will ever see, but if you fast forward to the part where the guy stops talking and starts Neti-potting, you will get the picture. I got the picture. I will admit that if I had seen that video when I was healthy I would have dismissed it as another hippie thing that I have no interest in. However, when a woman in her thirties is desperate, she will try anything.

I did. No, I do not have a video. And yes, it worked instantaneously.

I've done some reflecting on this, and I think I might really be changing in my thirties. From the yoga to the Daniel-loving, from the perimeter-shopping to the coupon-clipping, from the Pleasantville-living and now the Neti Pot, I sometimes stop and look at myself and think, 'Would you have thought in millions years when you were twenty that you would have become the person you have become in the last eleven years?'

My answer is always no. And a woman in her thirties thinks that's a good thing.


  1. Wow. I've never seen anybody use a neti pot before. Good to know how that works.

    Why do you suppose he had that music in the background? So distracting.

  2. I enjoy being more healthy and crap :)

  3. I'm so proud of you for not only following directions, but for googling a video so you could ENSURE you were following directions. You really have changed! ;)

    This morning my mom, after reading your post, suggested that I try a Neti Pot on my sick baby... I have a feeling it may not work as well on a squirming one year old.

  4. I can't believe you are just NOW hearing about Neti Pots! Here I was thinking once something was on Oprah it had become mainstream.

    I tried it the other day with the streams of water shooting from the shower head. I don't think it worked the same though...

  5. Wow, you really can find everything on the internet! It's also one heck of a parlour trick.
    I am a little surprised that neti pots look so much like ordinary teapots used in finer dining establishments. What desperate, sinus-congested waiter thought, "hot earl grey up my nose - that is exactly what I need."

  6. Praise be to Neti Pot!

    I die from allergies and this is how I get my relief as i too want to be all healthy and crap.