07 November 2007


I haven't been able to breathe through my nose since I brought Stella home. Claritin does not help. Sudafed does not help. Blowing my nose does nothing. Afrin helps, but is DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE. At my stepfather's testimonial raving, I bought a neti pot, for which I am apparently too congested. My nose's fuckedupedness is too strong for centuries of yogic tradition, or wherever neti pots come from. This is beginning to push me into a depression. I'm sorry that I'm making NaBloPoMo as painful for you as it is for me. Sigh.


Adam said...

Maybe people who are allergic to cats shouldn't have cats. or else you will eventually get used to her. or else you should shave her.

Jaime said...

Yeah, I'll eventually get used to her. It's just a pain in the ass to be like this for a month.

She would look totally badass shaved.

riese said...

Duuuudeee Affrin ... fucked me up. Don't use it for more than three days, it will start having the opposite effect on your sinuses. I thought this was just a warning like "Don't take five vicodin and drive a car!" which is clearly alarmist as it is fully possible, but actually, Affrin is like, fo'reals. Backfire city.

Also -- and this is weird -- I've done Claritin and just about every prescription and non-prescription drug on the market, and the only thing that still works for me is Tylenol Allergy Sinus. Also, if you drink a whole bottle of Benadryl, you can usually get a few good hours of un-stuffed sleep.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Um, is a neti pot one of those things designed so you can snoof water up your nose? The whole thing grosses me out but it's probably a good idea.

I have chronic allergies myself and really should consider doing something about besides complaining. I keep a pretty dusty house and let the cat sleep on my head, though-- perhaps that's part of the problem.

Jaime said...

Riese - I know! I think I did my third night in a row of Afrin last night. Alas.

Crabby - Yup, that's a neti pot. This sounds much worse than it is, but you pour (warm salt-) water into one nostril, and it comes out the other. It cleans out your sinuses, moisturizes your nose membranes, and ends world hunger. I gave it another try this morning, while the magic of Afrin was still with me, and although a little odd, it definitely doesn't hurt. I think I'm a little better today? It's a faster fix for sinus people, like my stepfather - he's in love with his neti pot. We'll see how a few days go, but it's definitely neat to see water streaming out of your nose. That's not a weird thing to say at all.