survivingmiddleage

the ups and downs of life

Me and the Neti Pot

Do you know what a neti pot is? It is this funky little blue plastic pot that you put warm water in and pour UP your nose to irrigate your sinuses. Basically it pushes out stuff you can’t blow out. Yeah, I know. Gross. Whatever. Grow up. Snot happens.

So my allergies have been bothering me. I heat up some salt water and put it in the neti pot and begin to use it. Lord have mercy! I thought I melted my brains out! I got the water a wee bit too hot. The words that flew from my mouth were quite colorful. My nasal passages were burning and melting and I was screaming and crying. I swear I thought I was going to die. It was such an adventure that the cats ran to find out what had happened. When they saw me jumping up and down while screaming with smoke coming from my nostrils, they ran. I don’t blame them. I would have, too! So it stops burning eventually.

After a good blowing of the nose I was able to think clearer. I laughed at how comical that must have looked. Then I laughed at the prospect of going to the hospital and telling them I had burned the inside of my nose with hot water. How do you explain that one? “Why, yes, Doctor. I did pour scalding water up my nose on purpose.” I can just see the looks I would get. And I know a lot of the ER personnel so it would be quite comical I’m sure.

Please learn from my mistake. Don’t put scalding water up your nose. It really hurts. And you will curse like a sailor. Test the water temp on the inside of your wrist. If it is too hot for your wrist, it is certainly too hot for your nasal passages. Trust me.

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