Hey everyone, so I wanted to write about my recent sinus surgery, and give some updates on how I am doing. If you have ever had issues with sinus’, sinus infections, or problems with sour throats and stuff, then you are going to want to read today’s post. Before I begin though, make sure to subscribe to the blog so you can get notifications in your email when I write a new post on this blog, and then share this site with your friends that way we can increase our little community.
Dealing with a Deviated Septum
On January 27th, 2020 I had sinus surgery and a deviated septum fixed. Since I was around 13 or so I began dealing with sinus drainage, and in my mid – teens I began having reoccuring sinus infections and bronchitis. Finally, when I was in my mid – twenties, I found out through a fellow classmate that I might have a deviated septum. My friend began mentioning how his nose leaned to one side and it would cause problems with his breathing, as well as having various issues with his sinus ducts. After my friend came back from having the surgery he mentioned how amazing he felt, not to mention the ability to smell properly. Since then, I have considered having the surgery, and hoping – because of the cost – that I would be able to afford it one day. Finally, that day came and even thought it was pretty pricey – I had to pay around 3K before my insurance would kick in -, I have to admit it was totally worth it. There are a few issues I am having, but granite, I am only two weeks out of having surgery – I will go into detail of this later.
My first major surgery
I have never had surgery, let alone major surgery in my entire life, and so this was a first for me. Not only that, but I have never been put under anesthesia either, and so I was a bit nervous to say the least. However, the nurses at Memorial were extremely friendly, helpful, and caring. I didn’t even flinch when they put the iv in me, and except for the pinching, I don’t think I even noticed it was there. After I came out of surgery, my doctor said everything went well, and even though I had a bit of a breakdown at the hospital – due to the combo of anesthesia and the antibiotics -, I was good to head home. The first night was rough because I had to sleep in my recliner, I had to breath solely through my mouth because of the packing in my nose, and the fact I needed help getting to the bathroom and such because of the meds and having to keep my head straight and not bend over or bend my head back due to surgery. It seemed that night every 45 minutes I would wake up and look at the clock…it was excruciating!
The Recovery Process
The day after the surgery I was able to get the packing out, which hurt like something fierce, and suddenly I began feeling so much better! However, the process to healing took much longer than expected. The first week was hard simply because I had to retrain myself to soley breath through my nose, and then my doctor said it would take a while to get rid of the remainder mucus and blood that was compacted up in my nose – this of ‘ course meant I would have some drainage and when I began blowing my nose after the first week there would be a bit of blood on the tissue. As gross as this sounds, it was nothing compared to the way it felt….but I could breath! The following Monday after my surgery I went in for my doctor to check my nose out and to clean what he could in my nasal passages. Even though it looked good, and he did a good job of cleaning it, I still have some issues with drainage in the mornings, I feel I still need to sleep with my head sitting straight up, and I have to use a humidifier now. However, in the grand scheme of things, I have to say it was worth it. I can tell I am getting better, little by little each day; but to say this isn’t a mental battle would be a lie. As I stated above, I still am trying to train my brain into breathing solely through my nose, and my healing process is taking longer than I would have liked. However, the upside to this is I have trained myself to eating healthier and drinking more water. Not to mention, I have had some amazing times in my devotion. For those who don’t know, I am a follower of Jesus and so my faith defines me. Because of this, I make a point each morning to spend time in prayer, reading a portion of scripture, and journaling. During the week that I was off work – really almost two weeks -, I found ways to decrease my stress and anxiety, and I learned what it meant to listen to your body, and I began learning what my purpose was and how to take steps to living my best life. That might sound silly to you, but for someone who is overcoming anxiety, fights against approval addiction and learning to love myself, this was – as Oprah calls it – an “aha” moment for me.
In conclusion, I would say yes there were some hurdles – the cost, the fact I am still recovering, and a few headaches because of the lack of caffeine in that first week -, but if I had to do it all over again – which I hope I don’t – I would. So if you are considering geting sinus surgery and a deviated septum fixed, then I would highly recommend it. The only thing I would say, is make sure you have someone who can help you unselfishly, because without my husband and mom, I don’t know how well I would be feeling right now – aside from my faith getting me through, they were the reason I made it through so well. To see more pix scroll down, then click here to watch the video I posted on YouTube describing my progress.
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Right after I got out of surgery, and as I was waking up.
The next day, and a few hours before having the packing taken out.
One week post surgery.