Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 4 and 5

Has it really been 5 days?

It's been feeling a little like Groundhog Day for me.

Not much new to report but my nose has been getting steadily more painful each day.  It's not a throbbing pain but just when it's touched or when I wiggle it bunny-style.

The right nostril is improving.  It's the opposite one to the incision for the septoplasty so as far as I can tell it the only healing is from 2 turbinate resections on that side.

Overnight it appears to dry up but when I get up it starts oozing again just less than before and it responds well to the decongestant spray.

The left side...still bleeding as much as ever.  I rang the surgeon's rooms to ask when can I expect it to stop and my surgeon answered the phone so we had a chat.  he said it;s normal and everyone is different and it'll stop when it stops.

Meanwhile I should use the decongestant spray until it does since it helps stop bleeding.  Doesn't actually do any decongesting - a little on the right side maybe.

The upside to this is that I can avoid doing the nose washes til the bleeding stops and i'm really not looking forward to them.  I hate the sensation of water up my nose.

The other thing that's happening is a sensation of pain, numbness and tingling around my top front teeth which some people get after this type of surgery.  Naturally I'm "some people".

Thankfully I have no packing or splints.  There are super duper stitches holding everything together which should dissolve in 6 weeks.

I've discovered ice-cream helps stop the bleeding...for as long as I'm eating it but it's not going to be helping my weight loss!

I've been reading people's experiences online.  Aside from the obligatory horror stories, there are plenty of people who are thrilled with the result so I'm trying to focus on that.

Once I heal up a bit I still have to see the oral specialist and do the sleep study and who know what those things will show.

I've adopted the "ignore it and it will go away" attitude all my life and now it's come back to bite me on the bum with everything reaching breaking point all at once. 

On the plus side I've had the urge to do some sewing but I can't see too well over the nose nappy and don't want to bleed all over my work so it'll have to wait a little longer.

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