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Nose update

This morning I had an appointment with my ENT. I didn't know what it was about, other than a one-week checkup post surgery. I also knew that I would be allowed to blow my nose again! (Imagine a choir of angels singing as I typed that.)

When I went in, the doctor used some sort of high-octane nasal spray on me, and then took her implements of destruction and... hmm. This might be TMI, so proceed with caution. She began to clean out my nose with a little vacuum and a pair of long tweezer-type things, pulling out huge, horrible globs. It didn't hurt, but felt really odd. As soon as she was done, however, I suddenly discovered that I could breathe. Like, more than ever before. I could feel space in my head. I could feel the air rushing through my sinuses, like a strong breeze. It was intense and amazing and so completely foreign.

As I drove away, I found myself feeling nervous, of all things. I couldn't explain it--it was as if I was afraid of all that openness. Inner agoraphobia, or something. Have you seen The Big Empty? I felt like that, only in my head, of course. Eventually that settled down, and as the spray wore off, I got somewhat congested again--not too badly, though. I can still breathe somewhat, and my nose feels significantly better than it has for the last week. But now I can blow! Hooray!

The doctor says over the next couple weeks I will see significant improvement, and within 6 weeks everything should be fully healed. So looks like I'm into the home stretch already, and if that doctor's visit was a glimpse of what breathing through a normal nose is like--wow. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with that much extra oxygen. Perhaps it'll increase my brain function. Maybe I'll become a genius.

I'll keep you updated.

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markm
Jan. 17th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
yay more oxygen.

Good luck with the genius thing - I'm considered pretty empty-headed myself and yet I have won zero Nobel prizes to date.
quiet000001
Jan. 17th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
This saga of yours makes me kind of tempted to go to an ENT specialist myself, and yet also freaked out. (Because gauze! In my nose!)

But apparently it's not normal to breathe through your mouth the majority of the time because you can't move enough air through your nose if you're at all stuffed up?
rfreebern
Jan. 17th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, right, that's not normal. It perfectly describes me until a week ago, though! This has been quite an ordeal, but it seems like it will have been totally worth the trouble.
allypopsicle
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
i can't even imagine that! having Weird Things removed from your head that don't belong there..and being able to breathe!

LOTS OF !!!!! FOR YOU!!!!!
jrw
Jan. 18th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
Glad things seem to be progressing well. Thanks for the updates.
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