What I learned from using a Neti pot: Waterboarding IS torture!

October 14, 2009

in a picture is worth a thousand words

For the new diagnosis of my hacking cough, the good doctor not only put me on steroid and on codeine, he also recommended the use of Neti pot. Up till this day, I have never even heard of such a thing. He showed me a sample.

How adorable! It’s a mini teapot!

It was adorable until he demonstrated how to use it…

(I seriously was surprised by how many pictures of Neti Pot in action are online. People never ever disappoint.)

Neti Pot in Action Pictures, Images and Photos


I will of course spare you the details since I am nice and classy like that.  The point of this post is to share with you the light bulb that went up when I was administering Neti Pot to myself:

I was scared when water went into my nose.  My first reaction was fight, and then flight.  And that was a very small amount of water.  And I did it to myself.  The sensation of water coming in was frightening even at that.  Imagine Waterboarding.

No.  I cannot imagine it, not even remotely.

I will admit to ANYTHING if it were done to me.  Just the mere thought of it.  ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.

I would have been a lousy spy.  I’d better start carrying a piece of cyanide hidden inside my tooth.

p.s. IF you ever need to use Neti Pot, be warned, water will drip out of your nose without warning at any given moment, several hours after the use.  I have no idea where that water was, but it gushed out of my nose. More than once.  Imagine my surprise when I went to pick up the fundraiser goods from the PTA moms this afternoon…   Yeah.

The silver lining is, they’ll probably never ever ask me again to join the PTA.


Jane October 15, 2009 at 10:43 am


I’m sorry. That’s all I’ve got. Just….

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Linwood's Girl October 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I laughed and laughed at this post….HEE-LARRY-US:)
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Robin October 16, 2009 at 6:43 am

That really freaks me out, I don’t know why. I am on a steroid inhaler, I think it caused my recent sore throat. Sigh.
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Mama Zen October 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm


I think I’ll stick with the codeine.
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Hana R Solomon, MD October 17, 2009 at 7:57 am

nasal irrigation is ancient….and the neti is the ancient device used. many other devices are now available…including the convenient and comfortbale nasopure.
guarranteed to feel good and be good for you, especially duirng flu season.

Jane October 17, 2009 at 8:23 am

Just wanted to pop in to tell you again how much I love your blog. There’s an award waiting for you at mine!
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Absence Alternatives October 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

LOL my dear ladies, I am sorry for grossing you all out. 😉 (Ok, actually I am not THAT sorry… Oprah did profile this thing on one of her shows. The QUEEN herself can’t be wrong, eh?)

Absence Alternatives October 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

@ Jane
Jane, thank you so much! I love yours very much. No, I think I love yours more! Yes, I am a very competitive person! LOL. Thank you! :-)

Velva October 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Too funny! LOl! Your posts always crack me up :-)

Hope you are feeling better.
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passions and soapboxes October 19, 2009 at 3:37 am

Not in a million years would I use this thing. No freaking way. 😀
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Absence Alternatives October 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

@passions and soapboxes
LOL. Not even when Oprah highly recommended it? 😉 Thank you for stopping by. And sorry for grossing you out. (What was Jane thinking telling people to visit me??!! LOL) Still loving your blog!

Jamie October 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Having the PTA turn their noses up at you (ACK! a pun!) is the best possible upside. Good for you!

Absence Alternatives November 10, 2009 at 5:46 am

@ Jamie
Great pun! 😉 I know: I wasn’t even trying…

Kevin Smith March 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

It really is great. I used to have a sinus infection every other month. Since I’ve started using the neti pot I’ve only had one infection in the last year and a half.

Some people are such fans, they made a great music video about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqzUwnr2QAo

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