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.
Is it just me or is this completely offensive?
My first grade son brought this home today after what seemed like an eternity on the public school Earth Day train. It may seem trivial to some but this song is about God and has now been replaced by Ira Einhorn's Earth Day garbage... Yeah , that Ira Einhorn who murdered his girlfriend and just happens to be one of the founders of Earth Day. I'm so glad my son is being fed this garbage... Sigh...
I just received Senator Pat Toomeys e-newsletter and I'm just shaking my head. He doesn't get it.
"This week, I worked with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to forge a common sense bill to help protect our communities from criminals and the mentally ill while at the same time protecting our cherished Second Amendment rights.
Pennsylvania has a long, bipartisan tradition of supporting gun rights. I am a proud part of that tradition. I am a gun owner. I revere the rights enshrined in our Second Amendment. My record shows this.
Criminal background checks are common sense. If you pass a criminal background check, you can buy a gun. It's the people who fail a criminal or mental health background check that we don't want having guns. This can be done without infringing on law-abiding people's gun rights.
This bill will not take away anyone's guns. It will not ban any type of firearm. It does not ban or restrict the use of any kind of bullet or any size clip or magazine. The bill will not create a national registry; in fact, it specifically makes it illegal to establish any such registry. I invite you to read a summary of my proposed amendment here as well as the full text here.
I thank everyone who took time to share their thoughts with me and my staff on this issue. As always, I appreciate hearing from you. I will continue to listen to your thoughts and concerns on this, and on every issue."
Yesterday a friend of mine showed me a post on his Facebook page. It happened to be from a friend of his who was proclaiming she was just hired to work the ground game in Pittsburgh for Mayor Mike Bloomberg's gun grabbing Mayor's Against Illegal Guns (which I didn't know that the second amendment was "illegal" but he obviously wants it that way.)
I immediately became angry (bitter and clinging yes) at the idea that a billionaire from NEW YORK (not Pennsylvania) was about to wage a war against the second amendment. Heck, I'm still angry about it. I can only imagine the conversation with some people, "Universal background checks don't sound so bad." *palmface*
For those who don't carry or who have even held a firearm it won't matter to them. But for me it is a huge red flag. If Bloomberg can get this type of legislation passed at the state legal in strategic states that will indeed be a signal to the federal government to do a universal registry...er background check.
If you don't understand the argument or concern check out NRA President Wayne LaPierre. It's pretty simple.
My girlfriends and I are always trying to find new books to read. I tried "Fifty Shades" but couldn't get through the first book. I'm sorry but no one has sex that much unless you're a hooker. And even then it seems a little overkill. I mean, really...who has that much time?
Let me give you a little background on what I enjoy reading. I used to be an incessant reader as a child. Once I got my drivers license reading fell to the wayside unless it was a prerequisite for class. A few years ago a dear friend of mine kept nagging me to read the Twilight series. I am so thankful she nagged me. Stephanie Meyers swept me back into my old love of reading and I was ever so thankful.
Since I picked up the sparkling vampire series I found a few other diamonds in the rough; some you know others perhaps not. Some I have read with my 10 year old daughter. Others I have found on my own or as suggestions from girlfriends.
1) "On the Island" by Tracey Garvis-Graves
2) "The Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins
3) The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix (7 book series for young adults)
4) "Slammed" by Colleen Hoover
5) "Agenda 21" by Glenn Beck
6) "The Snow Angel" by Glenn Beck
7) "Righteous Indignation" by Andrew Breitbart
8) And almost anything by Jodi Picoult
My husband just told me to post something on my neglected blog. Truthfully after the election I didn't even want to think about anything political. That's a wee bit difficult with my line of work (I work for an issue advocacy non-profit that deals with economic policy.) So, yea, it's been tough to avoid.
Between the attacks on the second amendment and kids being suspended for biting pop tarts into the shape of a gun I've had it up to my eyeballs with progressives. I have only one comment to make right now on this topic. There were two things that slaveowners didn't allow of the slaves besides their freedom: an education and guns. We have failing public schools where kids graduate without knowing how to read and then we suspend them for putting themselves in harms way to save another student from being shot.
We are on the path to slavery in my humble opinion. The naysayers will scream that I must have on my tin hat, but those naysayers are low on information about the plight that many have fallen into before us. It's called history. Learn it or you are doomed to repeat it.
There honey. I finally posted.
"Maybe peace would have broken out with a different kind of White House. One less commited to waging a perpetual campaign. A White House that would see a 51-48 victory as a call to humility and compromise rather than an irrefutable mandate."
And who said this? Barack Obama in his book Audacity of Hope when talking about Bush's re-election in 2004. It's funny how things change when you're the one in power isn't it?