It's never a good time to get sick. Never. This time, I saw it coming. Jamey came down with a really bad cold over the weekend and while I'm keeping my distance and he's kindly sleeping on the couch, last night I went to bed knowing that my turn had come.
Since having Sam, 8 years ago, when I get a cold it almost always morphs into a sinus infection. Thankfully, a few years back I got up the nerve and tried a nasal rinse. Similar to the neti pot idea, the rinse uses a plastic bottle to guide the rinse. There's less head-tilting involved and it doesn't look like you're pouring tea up into your head.
Since using it, I haven't had a full-blown sinus infection. As soon as I feel it coming on (the face pressure and head ache and sure signs for me), I use the rinse once a day until all symptoms are gone. It usually only takes a few days. If I feel it creeping back, I use it again.
Here is a link if you'd like to read more about it. You can find it in most drug stores and I imagine larger stores have it as well. The gist goes like this...empty one of the little packets into the plastic squeeze bottle. Fill the bottle to the fill line with warm water. (Don't use well water. I bought bottled water from the store and keep it on hand specifically for this.) Place on the cap and place the cap against one nostril, making a seal. Lean over a sink and squeeze the bottle gently. After a few seconds, water will run out the other nostril. Switch nostrils and repeat. The rinse gets up into your sinuses, clearing out any irritants such as allergies and pesky germs.
I know it sounds weird, but trust me.
I'm praying that this time around it will be as successful as all the other times. If you haven't tried it before, I highly recommend it. It's so much better than just sitting by and letting yourself get sick. Don't be scared. If we can push babies out our bums, we can squirt some warm water up our noses.
Note: I'm not recommending this for anything other than cold and sinus problems. And, if it doesn't help relieve the symptoms after a few days, by all means, go see your doctor. I wrote this on my own accord.