Totally started this week with great hopes of having a nice peaceful week. Maybe get some crafting done, go to the grocery store or even make some cookies. Still working on the cookie situation! But, seems having sinus surgery on Monday doesn’t help the week go according to plans. I’ve had a chronic cough for about two years; a cough like bronchitis gone wild or a smokers cough gone out of control. We had gone through the have’s and have not’s. Lungs clear! Acid Reflux, yes, but not the issue. No. No new allergies. So after several rounds of antibiotics and xrays and CT scans, it was decided, surgery would be the best thing. So, yes, I knew the surgery was coming, I just had hoped it would go better than most of my surgeries and in the long run, it did. I think.
We start with a Septoplasty – according to the Mayo Clinic “Septoplasty (SEP-toe-plas-tee) is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum — a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils. During septoplasty, your nasal septum is straightened and repositioned in the middle of your nose. This may require your surgeon to cut and remove parts of your nasal septum before reinserting them in the proper position.” Not exactly sure how I got a deviated Septum, but now I no longer have one. I will admit, I am a bit bummed I don’t have the typical bruised eyes and nose from a nose injury, however, I got a small (in comparison to my millions of bruises) one where they had to put the IV. Just FYI, I am not a fan of having it in the back of my hands.
Then it was Full Ethmoids (Bilateral), the main reason why I went in. See a couple of my sinus passages were totally blocked or 90% blocked and the mucus couldn’t get out. The Ethmoid Sinuses are very important, they are located between your eyes and the bridge of your nose (another reason for a nice show off bruise, but no!) and they are the first step in treating most sinus infections. The other sinuses (there’s four total sets, if you were wondering) drain through or next to them and if these are blocked, the infection can spread to the other sinuses. The Ethmoidectomy removes the infected tissue and bone which are blocking the drainage then the take a peek at it with their little flexible tube and camera (which by the way when you get that in an office visit, HURTS!)
I was called in early for my appointment, but then waited until past my original scheduled surgery time to go back. We were told it would be 1.5 – 2 hours and the same for recovery. I didn’t have to fight with the anesthesiologist about adding some nausea medication to my IV like I had before. I have to admit, my doctor and anesthesiologist looked to be about 25 years old. I guess that just means I’m getting old!
Everything went well, lost minimal amount of blood, came through recovery like a champ, except. My throat hurt like a bonfire! Like millions of shards of glass were stuck in there and on fire! It hurt! My popsicle made me cry! It’s been four days now and I still have issues eating most things, even water brings tears to my eyes. I also discovered my throat had been injured during the procedure, which may be why it hurts so bad. Can’t blow my nose, lift things, bend over or do exercises (whew! I was worried about that one!)
So today is day four post op. Nose is stuffy, throat hurts, Uvula is swollen and annoying and I still have a cough.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.