Friday, May 9, 2008

Utahns Anonymous: Allergic to Utah?

I was really excited when I went to the local health food store and looked in the seasonal allergies section to find some homeopathic drops against UTAH. Yes, Utah drops. To build up your resistance against Utah. Brilliant. I didn't need a sales pitch, I got them. Just had to pass that on to all the members of Utahns Anonymous.

I also got this funny thing called a neti pot because now they have plastic ones, and ceramics and my children don't mix well. What, may you ask, is a neti pot? Some thing from India, or so they say. I didn't really research it, like the Swedish weight loss stuff on the radio that is obviously fake because everyone in Sweden is not svelt, I only needed to research my brain on that one, plus there are plenty of Utahns of Swedish ancestry and they are not all skinny either. Plus, the chick doing the commercial had the worst ever fake Swedish accent I have ever heard.

Which brings us back to neti pots. I was so busy researching the un Swedishness of the commercial that I didn't have time to research the neti pots. Whether or not they are really from India, they are little pots that look something like a genie's lamp. You fill them with saline water and then you irrigate your nostrils with it. Sounds crazy, but if you are allergic to say Utah (or technically all the pollen in the Utah air) and you still want to have a garden, then the best medical advice I ever got is once you finish outside, you take a shower (inside) and wash your hair and irrigate your nostrils and then put on fresh un pollinated clothing and you will be surprised how much better your allergies are. Since I didn't have a neti pot before, I just had to snort water, which makes you feel like you've been down a nasty waterslide or something, so this is much nicer. Weird as all get out, but nicer.

I am a little shocked, but pleased that I still have a shred of pride left and I will not be making a home video of this to put up on youtube. Papi finds it pretty funny though. If you hold your head just so, you will perform a magic trick. As you pour the water into one nostril, it ever so gently pours out the other nostril and you don't feel like someone shot the garden hose up your nose either. This worked really well on the first side I tried, but then on the second side, it never dripped out the other nostril. I was getting a little concerned that maybe I had a bean up my nose (that's for my mom) but it wasn't coming back out or building up there, so it was obviously going somewhere, or else, gasp! What everyone else already suspected, I have a hole in my head. Whatever hole it went into, it eventually drained into my Eustachian tubes and now 5 days later I don't hear any banging around in there any more. I also figured out how to get it to drain out of the right place and my brain feels cleaner already. So clean, that I will never, ever, ever become a Utahn no matter how long I live here. And I'm not sneezing hardly at all!


Elizabeth said...

Pennsylvania is pretty awful for trre pollen, etc too this year. I will try the advice, though I do not have a neti pot...I guess I could try the local health food store. Have a great weekend.
Blessings, EJT

Melissa said...

Bwhahaha! I've been told to use a neti pot...I just can't imagine pouring water into my you, what happens if it doesn't come out...;)

Leah said...

In the exact same weekend, my mother called to tell me about having seen that on Regis and Kelly and was thinking it would be good for me to try, and my MIL mentioned randomly that she uses one on a daily basis and ever so kindly demonstrated it to ease my fears of sticking fluids up my nose. Now I just have to actually get myself out to buy one and I'll find out for myself how great it is. I hope that's what I find out anyway. I'm tired of allergies and overpriced-don't-work-all-that-well-anyway Rx's.

Karlene said...

My husband has a neti pot and uses it as needed. In the bathroom, with the door locked so I don't have to see it. (But I hear it)

Perhaps if I was in excruciating pain, I would try it--but I'd have to feel like I was at death's door. It gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I think I'm allergic to the thought of neti pots. Um, scary!

Kate said...

sounds like a miricle cure!!! Congratulations. I really like your blog

Candace E. Salima said...


jyotsana said...

hi i ve been here earlier too.nice post.

Anne Bradshaw said...

Neti pots are a WONDERFUL --once you get used to using them. I love mine. Such a relief from allergy congestion. Not painful. Not disgusting. Easy to use.

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Please help yourself, and spread the word! David has amazing skills.

Joanna said...

Hehehe! You don't want to know the mental image I got. :)

I've heard other people tell me this is the way to go. We've had a lot of sinus infections that don't want to clear up.
Okay, I heard that you might gag a bit as it will slide down the throat as well and that did me in. I saw one for $20 at health food store is that too high a price or is there cheaper?

Nicki said...

Wow, they make pills for being allergic to the entire state of Utah? I wish they had some of those for Illinois... I am SO allergic to this state!

Candace E. Salima said...

Utah drops - huh. I'm so glad I underwent that N.A.E.T. treatment and don't have to deal with that anymore. Man, do I remember those days.

By the way, Our next Blogging Babe get together will be:

Saturday ∙ May 17, 2008
11:00 a.m.

Golden Corral

Sorry, I've been so preoccupied with Alvin's surgery and recovery I forgot to plan anything. So let's meet at Golden Corral at 11:00, rather than 10:00. We'll get our usual room and just get together and visit. It'll be great to see you all!

See you Saturday.

The Journey Begins Here said...

That was pretty funny. The picture in my head of you pouring water in to your nose...well that's priceless.

Thanks for your comments about my blog. I use to worry about getting sick and leaving my children to...WHO? to raise with Curtis??? But after I started reading carepages, a new kind of worry started. God is completely in control. And I like it like that.

I hope you had a great Mother's Day. Love T

carrie & troy keiser said...

love reading your descriptions! They make me smile and laugh and ... if they really work, well I think I have a whole house-full who could use them!