So I’ve got this killer morning sickness (ha. “Morning” sickness.), and nothing works on it. I don’t throw up, I just have this godawful full body malaise, you know? It scoffs at ginger Altoids. Peppermint tea? Ha. Saltines? Don’t even. My doctor prescribed Zofran, but I think I’m getting some unfortunate side effects from that so I’m trying to avoid taking it more than necessary.
So I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel here and tried Sea Bands. Clearly woo-woo bullshit, but hey, it’s only six and half bucks worth of bullshit. They’re elastic bands with little plastic studs that are supposed to go over some dumbshit fakeass acupressure point on your wrist. All the pregnancy books mention them but they are clearly stupid, right?
They came yesterday and my husband was all “those aren’t magnets, are they? Are there crystals? Are they tourmaline?!” So I reminded him this was all his goddamned fault in the first place and put them on.
I went to bed and took the stupid things off, because you seriously aren’t expected to wear them 24 hours a day, right? They’re kind of itchy and really tight.
Five minutes later I was miserable. I put them back on assuming, of course, that it was just a coincidence.
Instant relief. (Not complete, but maybe 90% better.)
Same thing when I took them off to shower this morning.
If that’s the placebo effect, I will happily spend six and a half bucks on this particular placebo. (The thing is, I haven’t told most people at work, so it’s going to be hard to explain these ugly black wristband things. Also it’s hard to type in them.) I might marry this placebo in one of those weird conservative slippery slope deals - “next thing you know women will be committing bigamy with a six dollar wristband!” If Sea Bands had mouths I’d kiss them on them.
So what did you think was a total waste of time or money that turned out to really be great? Did you buy something As Seen On TV? Did your mother-in-law give you a “hey, throw this out for me” gift that you really love?