empresspatti (empresspatti) wrote,

Because it never gets boring talking about my nose

 Boy Howdie – did the CAT scan of my sinus turn up issues.  I’ve had consults with my Allergist, General Practitioner and Ear/Nose/Throat specialist.  Kaiser is my home away from home.

Consensus is that after 80 days of antibiotics I am out of medicinal options. 

 I have to have extensive endoscopic sinus surgery.  The ENT also feels that I have to have a polyp (who knew??) removed from my uvula (No- not something in the southern region - it's the dangly thing at the back of your throat) which concerns Dr. ENT as much as the fact that huge doses of antibiotic haven’t cleared up my sinus infection. Finally, I get another set of more permanent tubes put in my ears. 

“Think of it as a trificta of misery.  You’ll get lots of good drugs,” Dr ENT said.  “By the way – it looks as if your right maxillary sinus never developed properly, so surgery will help, but not resolve the problem.  Plus, you’ll still have allergies.  You have to limit your expectations.” 

 I was not a happy camper.  “I don’t even have a smart ass remark.  I have to go home and snivel.” 

 I had a pity party in the car on the way home.  Then Lutheran Sleep Response kicked in.  At the first sign of a major stressor I go for unconscious because that’s the way I roll.  I’ve been conked out for 10 hours every night.

 Details of the surgery are enchanting.  After roto-routering my face, they will pack my sinuses with wadding and have a tube with a “sling” under my nose for drainage.

 Doesn’t that picture sound like next year’s Christmas card?

 Stuff up my nose lasts at least 4 days, during which I’m supposed to have “help” which means either an at-home nurse or more realistically, Mr. W.  Since both ears have been operated on I might not have much balance for a few days. Whoo baby, what a second honeymoon. Can’t you just imagine what a bitch I will be?

 Once the wadding comes out I get to use some bulb syringe thingy loaded with salt water and “wash” my sinuses every few hours.  Recovery is 6 to 8 weeks.  I have to take antibiotic for at least 60 more days.  I’ve decided that I am not even going to think about my immune system.

 Surgery should be within 3 to 6 weeks – they want me even more chock full of antibiotic before they start tunneling. 

 I’ve been casting about for the funny – face packed with wadding only sounds amusing if it was happening to someone else.  It took a while but I finally found the upside….

 I’m thinking it is a great weight loss opportunity.  Bul YAH!! 

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