|"Arm Party"- so fashionable, so glamorous|
Quick background- I have had major sinus issues for nearly ten years now- constantly stuffy, runny nose, sinus infection after sinus infection. In the past 12 months, I had been to my general practitioner FIFTEEN times for sinus infections. I'm dumb and he's greedy- he never once suggested I see a specialist; he just kept prescribing ineffective antibiotics and collecting my co-pay. Once I visited an ENT, he didn't take long before he recommended surgery because of my severely deviated septum and chronic sinusitis. Now I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so here's sinuses for dummies.
The septum is the line of cartilage separating the left and right airways in the nose. Ideally the cartilage is fairly straight, but sometimes it becomes deviated (crooked). Deviated septums can come from having your nose broken or just something you're born with. If your septum is badly enough deviated, then it could cause a myriad of problems- sinus infections, sleep apnea, snoring, facial pain, nose bleeds, difficulty breathing and partial or total loss of sense of smell. Some septum problems can be treated by antihistamines or decongestants. More severe deviations require surgery to straighten the septum and clear out the sinuses. My doctor said my septum was one of the worst he'd ever seen. I had nearly 100% blockage in my right airway and over 75% in my left.
|After surgery, I needed a little extra oxygen. And a shot of Demerol.|
Because my septum was virtually broken and reset my nose was packed to the brain with, well, pretty much foam tampons. The purpose of this torture was to hold my newly straightened septum in place, and seriously, it was torture. The packing was by far the worst part of the entire experience. My throat was sore from being intubated for surgery and swallowing was excruciating. I can't explain exactly how it feels to be stuffed to the brim. It's very claustrophobic. Each swallow was slow and torturous. It felt like when you are swimming and accidentally inhale pool or ocean water. You know what I mean? Each swallow felt like the liquid was coming up through my nose. It was so awful!
|I know, I know! I look AMAZING!. Excellent tip: use|
latex gloves as ice packs. You can arrange the fingers around
My first three days of recovery were pretty much the same. Try to drink some soup. Try to swallow some water.Change my bloody drip pad under my nose. Try to rest. The pain was completely manageable; the swallowing and suffocating feeling from the packing were the real problems. What goes in must come out, and having the packing removed was absolutely horrific- I don't think words can describe. The worst part is, after the ENT removes the packing from your first nostril, you have about five seconds of painful relief before you realize, "Oh, hell, now the other one has to come out!"
|So swollen! Super unflattering photo but I'm all about the truth! |
This is what my nose looked like with the packing and "moustache" bandage.
Oh, and a moustache tattoo!
|I didn't think it was possible, but I'm pretty sure my nose is even cuter than it was before!|
And I didn't have THAT kind of nose job!