Hi all, I know it's been quite a while since I've updated the blog, and I apologize, I've had A LOT on my plate and just haven't been able to find time. (all photos are taken with an iPhone. Sorry, I could barely use that let alone my canon)
Last week on Wednesday May 4th I had surgery at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in my hometown of Orillia, On. I had a deviated septum removed, sinus cysts removed, turbinates reduction & a procedure done to enlarge a maxillary sinus that was severely under developed. This is the Silent Sinus Syndrome I spoke about in a previous post (click link to see my earlier post).
I got to the hospital at 11:30 on Wednesday to go over my paperwork (AGAIN) and to have my IV placed. Now, if you're like me and have small veins this is an experience. They had to warm my hands up with hot towels and I had to hang it down at my side for about 20 minutes in order to have veins large enough to stick the needle in.
I sat for another half hour before being taken to meet the anesthesiologist. He told me what he was going to do, what I was going to be given and he joked around with me to put me at ease. It was really nice. I got wheeled into the operating room (which was FREEZING! Thank goodness they let me keep my socks on!)
I woke up around 5pm and the first thing I felt was burning pain and the sensation of taking in water (you know that feeling when you accidentally breathe in underwater and your nose burns? well this was like that magnified exponentially). The nurse gave me two cups full of ice chips and managed my pain with oxycotin and another pill (which I'm sorry, I was too out of it to remember, but she did tell me). After half hour I was moved into another recovery area. I had my dressings changed, blood pressure taken twice and I was given morphine through IV. I had a cup of ginger ale and my mom was called to come get my high butt.
I was so high and sick for the first 3 days, they really blur together. I was given a morphine prescription and it made me feel worse. Yes, it masked the throbbing pain in my face, but it made me extremely nauseated and gave me some pretty intense headaches. I had to sleep sitting straight up (4 pillows) because of the risk of blood clots for the first week. I used a neck pillow during the day when I sat in a chair just in case I fell asleep.
I was SO uncomfortable. I was stuffed up, mouth breathing, and sick feeling. I could barely choke down toast with butter once a day. Caffeine hinders healing, so I had decaf tea that I had to drink through a straw (hot liquids can cause blood thinning effects, so I couldn't have it hot), I was miserable. I should mention, when your nose is packed you lose your taste. It's such a WEIRD and sad thing. I didn't know I wouldn't be able to taste anything, and it really made me lose my appetite more-so than I had already due to the nausea.
This past Wednesday I had my post-op appointment with my surgeon and he said everything looked really good, and he removed the packing and splints (Originally I was told it would stay in for 2 weeks, so this was REALLY great news!). I really wanted to take pictures of that, but I'm afraid he wasn't interested in that. Sorry guys, you don't get to see my horribly disgusting splints! ha!
I did mention the headaches, pressure and nausea, but he didn't seem concerned enough to prescribe anything, but told me to contact my family doctor. I've been trying for two days, but unfortunately my doctor is one of the ones that doesn't allow you to make appointments, you have to call day of in order to get in. I haven't been lucky enough to get through (even though I spend 1-2 hours calling). For now, I'm relying on t3's to numb the pain enough to sleep.
My surgeon did prescribe me a nasal steroid which I must mix with a saline solution (NeilMed Sinus Rinse, which I hear is the best of the best!) and give myself nasal rinses several times a day to help with the swelling inside the nose. Honestly, because my septum was so deviated I had never been able to use one effectively. Well let me tell you - it feels like you're drowning. Oh my goodness, it burns! And it's so weird to actually feel the solution working its way up one side of your nose and out the other. I know it's going to make everything awesome, so I'll suffer through.
I'm still told to not lift anything over 10-15lbs, and I can't bend over too far for too long, but I no longer have to sleep propped all the way up, which is AWESOME! My whole body ached from the uncomfortable way I had to sleep. I'm now able to sleep more than 2 hours at a time. Aside from these chronic, awful pressure headaches, I'm really starting to mend. I can sort of smell again, though mostly all I can smell is "burnt". My mom thinks it's because of the cauterizing they do during surgery, and that smell will ease in time.
I'm only on day 8 of recovery, so I'll have to update again next week to let you know how things progress as the month rolls on.