Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Cats Love it When I'm Sick

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Linguine is in Nap Heaven



Can I just say that I'm tired of having the World's Most Hyperactive Immune System? I'm sick of my chronic sinus illnesses.

I had opera tickets last night, but stayed home with a cold and blinding sinus-headache. What a depressing waste of money.

While I'm grumping away, I need to express my bafflement at the whole neti pot phenomenon. I have sort of managed to get the thing to work. It still feels like water-boarding. I don't see what's so amazing about it. Unlike what many people report, I'm not liberating tons of disgusting material. If anything, my sinuses are too dry. I suspect that there's not a lot to dislodge. According to my ear-nose-and-throat doctor, I'm supposed to use this peculiar torture device three times a day.

Other than the freaky gross-out factor of getting water to squirt into one nostril and out the other, I really don't see what the objective is. Why would any adult person want to do this?

8 comments:

BEAUCASTLE said...

Is it possible you are allergic to cats?

I too try to use the neti pot with no appreciable results... mine won't even go from one nostril to the other.. to gross to even continue.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Thankfully, the cats are not one of the things I'm allergic to.

Anonymous said...

Sorry you're feeling so sick again, Lisa, but glad it's not due to your cats!
When you feel up to it, check you AQ-mail, I sent you a link to some interesting bee-reading.... :-)
sojourner

Mama Bear said...

While you are home sick, perhaps you would like a new knitting project? Have you seen this - penguins in need of little sweaters!
http://www.skeinz.com/Newsletters/spring2011.html

Chris G. said...

I usually feel better after using a neti pot. Except for that time I washed a sinus infection into my ear. Not good at all.

Anonymous said...

It could be that your sinus walls are too swollen for anything to move through them. Sometimes it takes a week of decongestants and antibiotics paired with the pot. But the pot at least washes away allergens.

Has your ENT ruled out sinus surgery? I had chronic sinus problems and visual migraines for a year until a doctor finally realized I needed surgery.
-Karen M

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Neti pots just creep me out. I've never been brave enough to use one. I'm so sorry you're sick AGAIN...although it seems your cats aren't. Perhaps it's all part of their cunning plan ;)

Karen Anne said...

I got no benefit from a NetiPot either. Bizarrely, I can get the water to go in the right side and out the left, but not vice versa.

Have you seen a good ENT, perhaps at Stanford?

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