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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sicklings R' Us: I'm Having Surgery Tomorrow

I had to include a Zoolander reference in here. *cough* *cough*  

As people who know me personally and pretty well, I've been dealing with Chronic Sinusitis since October 2010 (so approximately 1.5 years).  I have no history of sinus infections or allergies so it was pretty odd when I kept getting them.  

Since October 2010, I've been on every antibiotic under the sun, steroids, nasal sprays, sinus rinses, tons of advil, and caffeine to keep me from sleeping due to the meds and not feeling well.  I've had 3 ENTs (Ear Nose and Throat Specialist doctors), 2 Primary Care Physicians (my first one was an a-hole), 2 CT (CAT) scans, and 1 Allergist.  

The ENTs all had their own theories: Allergies (no sir, got allergy tested and have ZERO allergies except to the German Cockroach--odd), Staph infection in my nose (this one thought I picked something up from one of the Cystic Fibrosis kids I work with at Children's...again--NOT it and kind of a far stretch), and Deviated Septum and Turbinates blocking (Ding Ding Ding--We've got a winner, ENT #3).  

So here I am.  Tomorrow I have to get surgery.  I'm getting Septoplasty and Turbinectomy surgery.  Yes, I know a lot of celebrities say "Oh I have a deviated septum" and come back out of it with a tiny little plastic surgery nose.  Yeah, that's because they had a Rhinoplasty.  Mine will not affect how my nose looks (sorry if you don't like mine.  I do, so deal with it).  An ENT is performing the surgery (not a plastic surgeon).  My surgery will open up my nasal passages/straighten my septum and reduce the size of my turbinates so I'll be able to breathe more easily and not be prone to sinus infections as much.  

I'm recovering at my apartment. So when I'm not all loopy from the pain medications I'm going to watch The Office nonstop.  I'm off work until next Wednesday (hoping for a quick recovery).  I'm terrible at being lazy.  Yes, I know it's not lazy if you're recovering from surgery, but I still get antsy.  Now that I just said that watch me be in so much pain that I don't even know what day it is.  I want to bounce back quickly because there's so many things I want to do next week!  

Sorry if I put you to sleep, made you nauseous, or irritated you.  I tried to add a little humor in here.  I won't lie though--I'm freaking terrified to be put under anesthesia tomorrow and then wake up in pain.  My next post will be much lighter and fun and not so personal.  I PROMISE.  This is just the only thing on my mind right now. :)

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