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!!