Getting to know one’s septum

Okay, I won’t talk about the last month’s nasal experience. Let’s just say the septoplasty thing is pretty much over — I still don’t have any feeling in the tip of my nose, aliens come out of my nostrils every morning, and the black eyes have sort of faded away.  I would not recommend contracting a cold in the week following a nose job. No.

Anyway, in nasal distress, I decided to buy a “neti pot” — a teapot one sticks in one’s nose and then pours saline solution into one’s nasal cavity, which floods and drains out the opposite nostril. Very holistic. Just the ticket. It sort of works. It sort of doesn’t. Well, it mostly doesn’t, but it does loosen up the aforementioned “aliens” and produces some jetsam that brings to mind ancient honeycombs.

Then I found this wonderful demonstration of what to do and what not to do courtesy of

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

4 thoughts on “Getting to know one’s septum”

  1. What a romantic thing to do in front of your wife on those quiewt nights before you leave for an overseas trip. You rock dude!


    PS one of the real legends of my life is a guy I jokingly refer to as MR. Metaphor. One night after coming back from a day up visitingf gardens of Mendocino, he puts one of his botanical samples in a coffee grinder and snorted it. We had to take him to the hospital for a complete sinus pressure wash and steam cleaning. Mr. Metaphor could be a long lost Churbuck. He’d make you so proud, of you ever got to meet him,

  2. A Neti Pot is so Kindle 1.0. For Kindle 2.0 you want a NeilMed (brand name) Sinus Rinse. It is a squeeze bottle — high volume, low pressure that works so much better and doesn’t make the huge mess that a Neti Pot does. Go to your local Walgreens or whatever and spend the $10 to get it. And DEFINITELY use the salt packets. I tried once with just water to see what the fuss was about. OUCH!!!

  3. Lovely, absolutely lovely . . . . . . . I think my days of enjoying raw oysters are over.

  4. Believe it or not, I have been using a neti pot almost daily for about three years. I even have a plastic one that I take on trips with me.

    When I first started using it, it was painful. Really painful. But after a couple of weeks, that passed, and now it’s great. Gets all of the pollen and other undesirables cleaned out, and greatly reduces allergies and snoring (neither of which are very pleasant). Plus, I don’t get sick as frequently as I used to.

    As far as the NeliMed goes – that’s like buying the Gillette 6-blade razor with double lubrication strips and supersonic power-assist. Maybe it works, but in the end, it’s not going to be much better than the original, which is much less complicated. Just give me a neti pot, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and some lukewarm water. Ok – call me a purist.

    But I don’t think I would let anyone take a video of me using it.

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