It’s peak hayfever season for me. That’s what I get for living in New England and being allergic to maple. I woke up with my nose blocked, and resorted to the neti pot. It’s like a watering can, except it’s designed to be fitted nasally. You fill it with salty water at body temperature, hold your head sideways, stick the spout in the upper nostril, and pour.

If you do it right, all the nasty crap up your nose gets rinsed out into the sink. If you do it wrong, and your head isn’t at quite the right angle, all the nasty crap from up your nose gets washed down your throat, along with a generous helping of salt water. For this reason, it’s a good idea to practice with a clean nose before trying it for real.

The worst part is seeing what was up there as it slurps out and into the bathroom sink. I’m still trying to get that image out of my mind.