I've had a cold for almost a week now, and while the General Ick phase is basically over, my throat is clearer and I've stopped sounding so much like Kathleen Turner, the congestion has stubbornly taken up residence in my head. I described this and other lovely illness-related details to friend Amanda, and she mentioned her favorite method of nasal relief, something I'd never really heard of. So I flushed out my nasal passages using a Neti Pot. As I was reading the instructions to KMD before I tried it, I realized that it sounded vaguely like torture: you stick the long part of a plastic teapot up your nose, then pour the contents (warm water mixed with medicated powder) from that side to the other. I imagined much stinging and sputtering, and thought I'd stop if it got too uncomfortable. But really, it feels no worse than getting water up your nose while swimming. It hurt a lot less than the time I snarfed milk through my nose, and had much more medicinal merit.