OK - I was really not excited about this, but my cousin, Mary Ellen (she's always in charge ;-)) rang me today to see how I was feeling and did I want her to come over and bring me a Neti Pot.
Since I was still feeling pretty punk, I sort of whined into the phone, "oh, ok, I guess - but make sure you get me a new one. I don't want a used one." This, of course, made us both laugh, and me cough. So, she only lives about 3 miles from me, so she ran over to Walgreen's and picked one up, as well as some cranberry juice for me (big treat!!).
I decided to give the Neti Pot a try because she's been bugging me about it, and my Iona sister, Tori, also said it was good . . . Just the thought of it creeped me out, but I really still didn't feel too hot today, so OK - I tried it. It's a very strange sensation, and the water doesn't come out the other side right away, which made me think I was filling up my head with salt water :-D Of course it does, eventually, come out the other side - in my case amidst a few well-placed and panicky exclamations: "It's Not Coming Out!!!" and "Ack!!" once it did, and some spluttering of water out the old schnoz. And one has to remember to not breathe in through the nose. This is key.
Spluttering and Ack-ing aside, I have to say that I think it really helped my sinuses! I do feel better, and my nose has been a little runny now all afternoon, which leads me to believe that I'm going to successfully avoid having this settle and go in to an actual infection. This is good news - I've had enough antibiotics this fall already.
The bad news appears to be - and it's completely unrelated to my nose - that I think there are mice in the attic again . . .
Oh - I'm nearly halfway up the front of the St. Patrick! I had the band done already, but since I picked it back up yesterday, I've gotten quite a bit accomplished - and watched a ton of episodes of Stargate SG1. :-D