There were a number of things that I didn't own, so instead of buying everything for a 10-day training, I sent out an email to friends requesting random things I was hoping to borrow.
I was amazed at how many people had a neti pot to lend. Really? A neti pot?
But they are so totally and completely and utterly scary?! Like owning your own personal water boarding contraption.
Truth be told, most people who had a neti pot were more than happy to lend it out. Permanently.
I have never used a neti pot, even though I know their usage dates back thousands of years. I didn't ever plan to use a neti pot, either. Even if suffering from a terrible sinus infection.
Okay, well maybe then. But only then.
I am currently not suffering from a terrible sinus infection.
I am not looking forward to this new experience. I mean, it's not just fear of drowning, this shit can kill you. Kill you dead, I tell you. (Oh wait, drowning can do that too.) But seriously, two people in Louisiana died in 2011 after using neti pots with fresh water. They both contracted primary amebic meningoencephalitis, which killed them dead.
We may think of Louisiana as a backwater, and in this case, perhaps for good reason, literally. But I gotta tell you that my mind jumps right to: Well, I know I can't drink the water in Bali, so why the hell are we even considering putting it up our noses??
Yes, I bet we'll do it with bottled water. But still.......
I figure I'll take at least one neti pot with me, along with mass copies of that scary Oxford Journal article on primary amebic meningoencephalitis, and the accompanying CDC and FDA warnings, just to make sure we're all on the same page regarding the possible side effects of kill you dead.
But which death trap do I take?
|The petite kit that Jacquie gave to me? With all the petite saline packages inside?|
|Lilli's giving it the nod.|
|The pretty green one?|
|The Ancient Secrets new-and-improved-designed nasal cleansing pot?|
|See it back there?|