Friday, January 16, 2009

Just How Stupid Do I Look?

(Don’t answer that, please.)

I use a sinus rinse to keep my allergies under control (along with a daily dose of Zyrtec-D and two shots in the heinie every couple of weeks). It’s a great idea and if you have sinus problems (i.e. if you live anywhere with grass, dust, trees, pollen, mold or pets) I highly recommend it.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, here’s how it works:

1) There’s a plastic bottle
2) With a black, dome-shaped lid
3) Which has a straw kind of thing that goes to the bottom of the bottle
4) You fill the bottle with distilled water
5) Warm it for a few seconds in the microwave
6) Add some saline from a packet
7) Screw on the lid
8) Then squeeze the bottle to squirt the solution up one nostril
9) And it exits via your other nostril
10) And then you repeat with the alternate nostril

(Okay, that’s kind of gross -- hope you weren’t snacking at the computer.)

Anyway, the instructions recommend heating the water 5 seconds at a time and checking the temp before heating further.

Which makes sense. It generally takes about 25 seconds, but that can vary by 5 or 10 seconds, depending on how cool the water is. (Which in turn is controlled by the Thermostat Nazi.)

So I’m good with that. It’s the next section of the instructions that bugs me, where it says, in large type: DO NOT SQUIRT BOILING WATER UP YOUR NOSE!

Because I find myself thinking that if anyone is actually stupid enough to do that, maybe, for the good of mankind, we should just let them.


  1. I have that thought fairly regularly when I read warning instructions - why not let evolution do it's thing?

    I saw those nose pots on Oprah. It looks interesting.

  2. I am SO laughing. I am sorry.

    My friend has used a Neti pot for years- she swears by it!! My hubby is using the one YOU have.

    hee hee

  3. Oh that is funny! I have never used one and that's probably a good thing. I am one of those types who refuses to read the instructions. So....their warning would be wasted on me anyway. They have that warning in case someone tries to sue them. I dont fancy hot water up my nose, no.....hope your sinus improves. I get it here too actually, very dry climate.

  4. I am unfamiliar with the word 'heinie'.
    Is that another word for arse/ass?

  5. This thing is really catching on...

  6. I so needed it when I snorted Saffron up my nose. The owner of the health food store my cafe was in kept telling me to get one with my allergies, but I cannot put anything up my nose!

  7. HA, oh thank you for that last line especially, TOOO funny and too freakin true girl.

    I don't know about this nose thing, I can think of days where it would be helpful with my singing, but it sounds SO uncomfortable, I kept thinking of going swimming, and how I spend ALL my time in the pool, trying NOT to get water up my nose, boiling or not..... ; )

  8. Belle -- yes, heinie = arse

    Rachel -- as long as you use distilled water and saline and it's the appropriate temperature. it's actually very comfortable(although still pretty gross).

    I've been able to cut back from weekly to fortnightly shots since I started using it.

  9. I am addicted to a Netti Pot. I feel ya.

  10. So sorry that you have sinus trouble -- hope the remedy helps. This so reminds me of a favorite cautionary sign ever: At a fishing and grocery store/deli/service station on our favorite Florida beach, there's a sign in the kitchen area that reads, "Please do not microwave your bait." Yes, indeed!

  11. Thank you so much for visiting my Blog and Laughing with me. Come back any time.

  12. I'm with you - let evolution do its thing. (You've heard of the Darwin Awards, right?)

    Maybe they should also suggest not recycling your dead-mouse-infused water (I haven't got over that story yet! I keep telling it to people who really don't want to know about drowning mice...)

  13. Survival of the fittest I say ...

  14. Hahaha "Please do not light the box this product came in on fire and set fire to your hair."

  15. You are funny! I am so glad you stopped by my blog.
    And I am in complete agreement with you. I think we should just let Darwin's theory work here and not warn people about the boiling water, or not to blow their hair dry in the bath.

  16. Ah go ahead. Try it. You know you want to.

  17. There's a couple people in my family who do that irrigation thing, too. They all swear by it. (I can't bring myself to do it....)

    That last line made me laugh right out loud! I am so with you on that one. Let's give them a Darwin Award!

  18. You know, these warnings for the stupid are really screwing up the gene pool.

  19. Hello:)

    Thank you so much for supporting my big day past Wednesday and I'm sorry for the delay greetings.

    You comment meant a lot to me - Hope you're having a nice weekend and stay in touch!

  20. Problem is this only maims and then they've lost all their nose hair, ER visit, blah, blah.

  21. Stopping in from SITS to say goodmorning. Lol ~ I agree, we should just let them!


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