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Recovering from surgery

On Wednesday, I had surgery to correct my deviated septum, which also involved trimming my turbinates and some bone spurs. Apparently all my life my nasal passages have been very, very narrow due to these issues, so any time I got any sort of irritation (which happened a lot, due to allergies of various sorts) I'd get stuffed up completely. I didn't really know this--I figured I was normal, and constant congestion wasn't unusual. My ENT assured me otherwise, so I opted for this surgery.

The actual procedure was quick. I was in and out of the hospital in under three hours. Last time I had surgery that required general anaesthesia, I lost a lot of blood and was unable to stomach any food for four days afterwards, so I was worried about that part, but this time as soon as I came to, I could tell I still had my appetite and I wasn't queasy or anything. That made me happy.

I spent Wednesday night on constant doses of Vicodin, with "air splints" and gauze stuffed up my nose. It was very uncomfortable and I was barely able to sleep--my snoring kept waking me up just as I started to drift off. Sarah slept with earplugs. Then yesterday morning I went to the ENT's office where she removed the air splints and gauze (holy cow, I had no idea you could fit that much gauze into my head!) and, after an hour or so of severe discomfort, I started feeling significantly better.

My nose is still currently quite stuffed and swollen, and pretty constantly bloody and runny. I'm able to eat and drink with few problems (swallowing sometimes creates an uncomfortable vacuum in my head, but that's a minor annoyance). My wonderful wife is taking care of me, and I'm staying in bed most of the time, since too much movement is discouraged since it can make my nose bleed. It's kind of fun, once you get over the discomfort.

So that's what's up with me!

Today my sister is getting all four of her wisdom teeth extracted, so once that's done, poor Sarah will be stuck taking care of both of us. She is a saint! I love her.

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oracne
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
I hope you can at least read while recovering!

Yay for feeling better.
rfreebern
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I am getting quite a lot of reading done. It's making me feel accomplished. My to-read pile is actually shrinking!
rachelish
Jan. 11th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're doing well. Did they tell you how long they thought until you could resume normal activities?

Have you always snored or is it a new thing since the surgery? My mom has always snored a lot, and loudly, but since her stroke she went to a sleep doctor. He diagnosed her as having sleep apnea (after a sleep study) and now she uses a sleep mask at night to push air into her lungs and stop the snoring. There are a lot of health benefits for reducing sleep apnea, apparently.
rfreebern
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
They say I should be mostly back to normal by the middle of next week or so, although I'm supposed to take it easy for a while after that. At least I'll be able to blow my nose again!

I've always snored, it's just been extra-special-loud since the surgery. It's never woken me up before, although every now and then it disturbs Sarah.
kizlj
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
ooo, keep us posted on progress? I keep urging david to explore options, since he too has a (badly) deviated septum. I'll be interested to hear if the surgery helps you, once you get past the initial yuck.
rfreebern
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
I will definitely keep you updated!
allypopsicle
Jan. 12th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
i don't know if i have allergies or a deviated septum or what but i am CONSTANTLY stuffy. i am glad you will soon have normal nose-breathing abilities!
rfreebern
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Well, if you have medical insurance maybe you could go see an ENT and find out if your septum is also deviated! I think it's a fairly common problem, to one degree or another.
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