On Election Day 2012, I had a horrible sinus infection that left me with non-stop ringing in my ears and the feeling I was constantly descending in a plane. After several courses of antibiotics and steroids my symptoms were not relieved. I had come to the end of my rope by the time summer rolled around when I finally met with my soon to be surgeon. My CT Scan had shown without a doubt I had diseased sinuses. With little fanfare my sinus surgery was scheduled for mid July.
I haven't read a lot online about what the recovery was really like after sinus surgery so I felt like this post may serve some comfort to those who may be venturing down the same path. I am now 4 days post op and I feel like crud. But I must say I have felt a little bit better each day as I have waved in and out of consciousness due to pain killers.
The surgery took less than an hour and a half. I woke with uncontrollable shakes which soon subsided so my husband could join me in recovery. As I slowly came to full consciousness I realized swallowing was cumbersome because the pressure in my ears wouldn't equalize the way they would in the past. The problem was due to the packing up my nose and the discharge of blood going down my throat. It was tolerable once I realized all I needed to do was just open my mouth to equalize the pressure. Thankfully soon after I was more aware of my surroundings the surgeon pulled, what I can only describe as the longest tampons known to man, out of my nose. It was an odd sensation but I was thankful to have them removed as this alleviated the pressure I had been feeling.
Some blood trickled down after the removal of the nose tampons but it wasn't quite the river of blood I was expecting. I perhaps resembled a character from Twilight (without the sparkly aura) after a quick meal.
I was in recovery about an hour and half and then it was time to head home. I had no nausea (for which I was so thankful).
The rest of the day I slipped in and out of consciousness as I woke to take my pain medication and change the gauze that was affixed to my nose to catch the blood. That first day was fairly gross as I kept coughing up blood clots as they drained from my sinus'. I strongly suggest having a Tupperware bowl bedside as well as a roll of toilet paper and sports bottle of water to rinse out your mouth. I know this sounds gross but it's better to be prepared before you leave for your surgery rather than being caught unprepared when you feel like a train hit your face.
I actually slept very well the first night. Jut make sure you have your head elevated with two or more pillows. I only woke up to take my pain pill which you don't want to miss. Always keep ahead of the pain. I would also suggest having someone there with you so you don't have to get up. I nearly passed out in the shower yesterday but thankfully my mom was here to help me. It was terrifying to feel so lightheaded and if you're alone you could potentially pass out and hurt yourself.
Like I said earlier I am now 4 days post op. My surgery was Tuesday and it is Satirday as I write this. I no longer has the gauze taped under my nose and I began using Ocean nasal spray yesterday per the doctors instructions. I'm still exhausted and there is minimal draining from my nose. I still have dissolvable packing up in my sinus' which makes my voice sound very nasally. Speaking hurts my head so I try to just sit in silence rather than cause myself undue pain. I hve been off work since my surgery day and the way I am feeling today I will likely take a few more days off.
I will update this blog as I progress. Until then I hope this helps those considering the surgery to understand the post-op possibilities.