I never had allergies as a kid, teenager or young adult. I could eat anything, never got sick and had energy to spare. These days, my nose is constantly clogged, avocado will literally kill me and I’m beat every single day.
The sinus issues have been a problem for at least a year and are continually getting worse. I don’t know if its age, the pollen is stronger now then ever or I’m just getting allergies to everything indoor and out, but I couldn’t take it any more.
First I went to the pharmacy and deliberated over 1000 cold/sinus/allergy pills. I had one symptom on this box, one on that box….this is some confusing shit. So I just decided to go talk to the pharmacist. He recommended Claritin. So I took it and it works really well. But I have to take it every single day or I’m screwed. I can tell the minute it wears off. My eye starts leaking non-stop and I can’t smell anything. Its fricking annoying. Now I’m not a big pill popper so this is kind of a big deal for me. I mean, does Claritin mix okay with vodka? (it does) Could I over dose? (I didn’t) Will my liver shut down in protest? (it hasn’t yet)
I decided to supplement this with a more holistic approach. I went and bought a Netti Pot. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a small tea pot with a very long spout. You fill it with lukewarm salt water and jam the long spout into one nostril. You then tilt your head and pour the water into your nostril and it goes up into your head and comes out THE OTHER NOSTRIL. Its like you are part of a carni side show.
So now I have it. And it sat on my dining room table for 4 days still in the shrink wrap. I was scared to death of it. I mean, I COULD DROWN ON ONE DROP OF WATER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! So I knew I couldn’t do it for the first time alone in the house for fear of drowning in my own mucus, and I couldn’t do it before we went out cause what if it messed up my hair?
So Saturday morning I decided that today was the day. I was still in my pj’s, not showered so if my hair got wet it was no big deal. I opened the package. I read the directions cover to cover. I made Chilla read the directions cover to cover in case I drowned myself he would know what to do. I measured out the water and the salt. And I did it. And Chilla dry heaved taking this photo. So not kidding…he sometimes has a weak stomach.
It is one crazy ride. It doesn’t hurt, its not even uncomfortable…its just weird. But OH MY GOD does it work! It drains you so much its crazy what comes out. And the headaches go away, I swear I have more energy from it just cause I can breathe properly.
So now, me and Netti are BFF’s…Chilla won’t come within 10 feet of me and wants to vomit every time I do it, which has been like a lot but I’m not snoring as much which he likes. Now if only there was a cure for avocados.