Everyone I know has been sick in the last few weeks – including myself so I thought this topic was timely. Now, I know this video is totally silly – BUT it’s a good illustration of how the sinusrinse works. And, I have to tell you, I am a believer. No, more like a cult-like follower and evangelist! During the winter cold/flu season, I religiously use the sinusrinse on myself and my kids as a preventative measure and it totally works. Now, this has caused some controversy in our home because my husband is vehemently opposed to it. I’m not sure why he has such strong feelings against it but I do have a little disclaimer. Just because I have had a CT scan before the age of 16, wore a heart monitor for a week, had a colonoscopy and every test possible before being referred to a psychologist, all before the age of 30 does not mean I am a hypochondriac and it shouldn’t stop you from reading this blog entry or thinking I have no credibility to provide any advice on staying healthy. I am just very thorough and like to have all of my bases covered. So, that should really increase your confidence level in what I am going to share because you know that I have really done my research – right?!
On a serious note, both my children are too young to be diagnosed as asthmatic, but both have been very susceptible to congestion in their lungs. Conor has had pneumonia twice before the age of 3 and both have required breathing treatments every time they get even the sniffles. And I truly abhor medication so it frustrated me to have to give my children all of these treatments every year during the winter months. Over the last year I have been able to prevent much of this with my 3 step process. Beginning late September/early October I begin this daily regimen:
–Saline spray in the nose 2x a day with a good blow out of each nostril
–Nasonex 1x a day
–IF there is any sign of a cough, runny nose or congestion, sinusrinse 2x day
Now I recognize that time is working in my favor too – my children are getting older and they are getting stronger, etc. However, I truly believe that this routine has prevented any infections, reduced the impact of a cold. A good test whether or not it’s effectiveness is my six year-old son Conor. He actually asks me to do the sinusrinse for him when he feels congested because he has seen the results! So, it really is worth a try, even though it is a little gross and requires some getting used to. And, think about it this way- if you think what’s coming out is gross – think about all that stuff staying inside your nose and sinuses! So, in my opinion, rinse away!