I cannot remember the last time I was this sick. Sick as a dog. Actually, I do. I remember the time when I was so sick last fall that I had no idea what to do with myself - I WAS MISERABLE.
Today, I am experiencing it all over again. Perhaps I have a special strand of swine-flu... I am not sure what I have to be honest. But the symptoms include headache, body ache, chapped nostrils, sore throat, major post-nasal drip, and drowsiness. I feel like I just ran a marathon, gone through a cycle in the washing machine, fallen out of a tree, and smacked my head against a door far too many times. Sounds appealing, no? What is possibly holding me together?
This here, my friends, is a neti pot. Now I am sure that I do not look any more graceful than this lady does... but it works WONDERS. I was introduced to Neti, here, by a friend of mine. During my sickness last year, she brought it to me at school (James Madison University) and we decided to whip that puppy out in the public bathroom by the nearby dining hall. A bathroom we thought was private and pretty quite. Little did we know...
At this point in time, I didn't know how to work a neti pot. My dear friend helped me to create the saline mixture; she showed me how to exactly tilt my head and pour in the solution into my sore nostril. Next thing I know... I am screaming my head off an extremely unexpected snotty substance pours out of my nose. You would scream too if you felt solution going through your nasal cavity and sometimes through YOUR BRAIN if you happened to tilt incorrectly. About 5 minutes into the agonizing and surprising creaming, a lady from the nearby dining hall came into the bathroom. "Is everything okay in here!? I could hear you from outside." We just stood there: neti pot in a dry nostril. Not a very appealing or satisfying response...
All in all -> Neti Pot = Miracle. My congestion broke down and I was neti-ing like it was 1999.
Thank you, Mr. Neti, wherever you are. If I could, I would shake your hand. This little neti pot is saving me today... and Nyquil. I have slept near 15 hours today.