Thursday, February 18, 2010

Stuffy Sinus and Fun with Pocket Rockets.

When I introduced myself to my 7th-grade history class, I told my peers that, "The thing that annoys me most is... bad breath." I can't remember much else of what I said, except that I got a lot of laughs.

Little has changed with regards to the halitosis, let me assure you.

So I was relatively surprised when, coming out of my Septoplasty (aka big fancy name for sinus surgery and the widening of one's sinus passages), the very first thing I said was, "I'm so sorry, but I have halitosis. Would it be possible to get something to drink?"

I swear that I heard laughter, and a few minutes later, a sympathetic nurse let me suck on some wet gauze. Yes it was gross, but honestly - my mouth tasted worser. (And I am totally declaring 'worser' a word).

Overall my Sinus Surgery went well - the doctor removed a lot of damaged tissue (don't want to know how, don't want to think about it, no mental images flashing across my brain), and was able to widen most of my passages. Hopefully I won't get many future sinus infections...and every time I come down with a cold, it won't turn into acute sinusitis.

But that's looking ahead to the long term.

Right now my big annoyance comes from 1) Not being able to blow my nose, for fear that I'll blow out all the packing stuff that's keeping me from bleeding 2) I'm coughing up a lot of crap that's draining from my nose into my lungs and 3) I have numbness in my right cheek, where the doctor had to more 'aggressively' go after the infected tissue (her words).

But spirits are high - Nathaniel and the kitties are being great...I have an all-you-can-consume supply of Popsicles and ginger ale. And my Other Half has taken great care of me both yesterday and today, and - perhaps its the pain meds talking, I'm not really sure - but Nathaniel has insisted on cooking another camping dinner with his Pocket Rocket.

This is just too much. I think he loves all fire sources, truth be told. Should I be worried?

But as long as I get some Beef Soup out of the deal (even if it expires in 2013), I'll be a happy camper (no pun intended).

Over and out for now. Thanks for the well wishes and support - it means so much!

17 comments:

elizabeth said...

YAY!!! I'm glad the surgery went well and you are recovering :) Can't lie though, some of the stuff you wrote kinda made me nauseous!

Teresa said...

Here's to a speedy recovery...and some beef stew and no more ronchy bad breathe!

tn

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I'm so happy that the surgery went well, lady! That sucks that you can't blow your nose! How uncomfortable. I hope that you have been able to brush your teeth in the meantime! Hopefully, your hubby won't burn the house down with his stove! Mine is the same way with all that issued camping crap!

ADC said...

Glad you are feeling better and it all went well. Hope Nate is not feeding you MREs.

Rebecca DeWire said...

Glad to hear your surgery went well and hopefully your sinus issues are cured.

Kim said...

so so glad surgery was a success. wishing you a very speedy recovery (so you can blow your nose again!)

hahahaa nathaniel is so friggin funny with that pocket rocket - although i will admit, when i read "pocket rocket" - my dirty mind went to a dirty place! :)

Angela and David Kidd said...

Glad the surgery went well! A co-worker just had what sounds like a very similar procedure and now he walks around saying "Bring it on. I am no longer terrified of your cold germs."

Kim said...

So glad your surgery went well and you are feeling ok and recoverying! Take it easy chick! You have some awesome violin playing to do.. Love the pics of Nate with this pocket rocket thing.. so funny..men and gagets!

Maria said...

Glad to hear it went well. My diet would consist of ice cream until I recovered, so beef soup is a more nutritious option!

GoBigGreen said...

I think that is so cute that nate is cooking dinner, and that you dont have to sleep in a tent to use the camping stove. Bonus!
Looks sunny on that porch, ahhh....heal up fast.
Hugs from MN.
Julia

Damie said...

Glad that went well- let me know how it goes!!!! I hope this gives you the use of your nose again!

Beth said...

YAY! Glad it went well and that is behind you now. Onward to Sept! :)

Missy said...

It makes my nose hurt just thinking about it. Sounds like you have it under control. A pocket rocket...I was hoping for something 'better' than a camp fire stove:)

TriGirl Kate O said...

I won't ask how they intend to "unpack" that cavity. yuck.

Heal fast! Sorry the bday card is belated, but I was thinking of you.

So what might Nate cook with a FULL GRILL?

Lisa T said...

That's hilarious that he keeps cooking for you on the pocket rocket! Maybe he needs a Dutch Oven too so he can learn to bake you a cake over a campfire?

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Didn't say it before because I didn't think you'd want to hear this but they do that surgery at the bedside in the ICU sometimes and I have watched it.....the tools used look barbaric and it looks painful. You are a trooper. I hear the packing is the worst part of it.

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