Saturday, April 18, 2009

Neti Pot

Erg, I have this Sinus thing that keeps coming back. It is really painful and I hate Doctors to start with, but last time I went they gave my antibiotics and told me it should clear up in a few days. I took all the drugs on time just like a good boy. It got better but didn't go away. They had told me it might be viral so if it didn't go away it should clear up in a few more days. Yeah that never happened.

They also said that if it didn't clear up I should use a neti pot and clear my sinuses. Have you seen this thing? After months of on going sinus problems I'm trying to work up the nerve to do it, but I doubt I will ever be able to. Just watch the video.



Even using the proper stuff this is just nasty.

BTW, I picked this video because of the way the guy looked, then I saw all the other stuff and figured it is a Smarty Pants must post video. I think he may be related to the guy that tried to blow his face off.

27 comments:

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Same principle, but I use a bulb syringe and a mixture of kosher salt and baking soda. Works like a dream. You can put your head in different positions to get at the sinuses better and yes, it has the effect of the proverbial sinus cannon. Literally blows stuff out of every orifice in your head.

Be glad to email you instructions if you like. Right now I need to get in the shower and do the "farmer blow." Yeah, that works, too.

Nick the Geek said...

Candy, please never say "I need to get in the shower and do the farmer blow" ever ever ever again.

sherri said...

Don't use the neti pot, Nick. Steph was a big POT PUSHER back when I sick, and I'm telling you, you'll lose brain cells along with other nasty fluids.

My typos got worse after I used it.

I really wasn't that bad before the pot.

Now, my life is meaningless. No one takes me seriously anymore.

Pot ruined my life.
(I think Candy's tried her own pot, if you ask me.)

Beth said...

I only thought my husband used the term "farmer blow." I totally thought he made that up!

Nick the Geek said...

I hear pot can stunt your growth as well. Speaking of pot, Facebook says I was a Stoner in HS. That's so not cool because I've never done drugs. See people, you don't need to do drugs to be screwed up.

Has anyone watched the video? Seriously you have to watch the video.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

The video was pretty funny, but not as funny as mine would be if you caught me hosin' my nose. It's not the fluid so much as the pressure of the squirt. In fact I thought of nose hosin' last night as I watched them de-ice my plane for the third time. "Wow, that sucka could REALLY hose out my nose...."

In Iowa, the farmer blow is a way of life.

Nick the Geek said...

please everyone stop saying farmer blow. My sinuses can't take it.

Wendy said...

Watched the video. It brought back horrible memories of when I tried the Neti Pot. Gives me the heaves just thinking about it. Anyone want to buy a slightly used Neti Pot?

Nick the Geek said...

when you put it that what sign me up

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

Okay, some clarification and some real advice:

I never recommended the Neti Pot per se. I used its more explosive cousin, the Sinus Rinse. I'm gonna try linking to my post about it here.

The sinus rinse really did seem to have a good effect. And it wasn't as bad as I'd imagined. Kinda like Candy said, it's the "pressure of the squirt" that does the job.

Other good advice: ask for a nasal spray like nasonex. It's steroidal and reduces the inflammation. Then the gunk can sometimes drain on its own.

And with all this talk of pot and blow, we're gonna get tagged by the government as a drug blog.

katdish said...

I love the neti pot! Why? Because when I wrote a post about it: Ode to the Neti Pot, a very cool young lady named Mare left her first comment on my blog. She was horrified, so of course I sent her one.

The video you posted was the one I originally used on my post, until I noticed that the guy drops the f-bomb at the very end.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

My bulb syringe is a sinus cannon, using my technique. The tricky thing with sinuses is that they are a bony cavernous structure and not very vascular, and as such serve as a petri dish for infected snot. You just gotta move it outta there.

Farmer blow and bulb syringe, hands down. It's all about the inhale, the finger plug, and the correct foot movement. Rignt nostril, left foot. Left nostril, right foot. Big inhale, then BBLLOOOOOWWWW.

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

I don't know about anyone else, but when I try Candy's technique, I end up with a Farmer NOSEBLEED.

(It's awe-inspiring to see just how much blood courses thru those itty bitty veins.)

katdish said...

New slogan for FOTTSP: "Oh yeah...feel free to go there."

Have you guys noticed the counter lately? I usually don't pay much attention to it, but dang! Almost 7,000 hits since the end of January? I just don't know what to say about that...

sherri said...

Katdish- perfect slogan.

And, do the math. WHen you have all these contributers and at least 7 or 8 of us obsessively commenting to each other and sometimes 3 posts a day, it's bound to rack up the numbers! We'll drive up our own numbers even if an outsider never visits!

But so much better when a newbie comments.

Nick the Geek said...

Candy,
I think you just described the grossest round of the hokie pokie ever.

I haven't looked at this particular counter, but most will only count one visit per visitor per day, so each of us only count once. Mine (which is invisible so others don't see it) doesn't count my visits from any computer I regularly use because I have them blocked from the count.

Nick the Geek said...

FYI the counter counts every single hit so year we probably run the numbers up quite a bit.

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

Just stopping by to run up the counter. And avoid cleaning my house. And waiting for my husband to come home with disgusting offal.

(I just posted about it.)

Helen said...

What in the name of Gumby is a "farmer blow". C'mon! I think Nick deserves company in the time out chair for "farmer blow", don't you?

Nick the Geek said...

Watching the "punched while eating" video does more for me than the Neti Pot ever could.

katdish said...

"I think you just described the grossest round of the hokie pokie ever."

I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there!

Nick the Geek said...

katdish,

were you just watching the Red Neck Comedy Tour Rides Again? It was on Comedy Central earlier.

Wendy said...

Helen - You're getting sent to the time out chair all over the place now, aren't you? You must be truly naughty.

Helen said...

And I still don't know what farmer blow is! I have been waiting all day to find out, and the best you people can do is put me in timeout. I don't think you people know either!

katdish said...

From the urban dictionary:

1. farmer blow
Block one nostril and exhale forcefully through the other to expel a large deposit of snot.
Done when no handkercheif or tissue paper is handy.
Done outdoors.
I could feel the snot in my nose, but I didn't have a handkerchief handy, so I had to farmer blow.

2. farmer blow
noun: to blow a big wad of snot out of one nostril while holding the other nostril closed by pressing on the side of the nose with the index finger or thumb.
When done properly, a farmer blow completely clears the nasal passage and the small amount of snot remaining on your nose can be wiped off on the back of your glove or on your sleeve. Good if you do things outdoors a lot and don't want the mess on a handkerchief in your pocket.

(You asked for it you got it, farmer blow.)

Helen said...

Thank you, Katdish. That wasn't nearly as bad as I feared.....

Marni said...

That was FAR worse than I feared...