I just had extensive work done on Wednesday to open my sinus cavities, turbinate reduction, and septoplasty. I previously had septoplasty that didn’t take. Any time I would get a cold, I could be sick for weeks to months with horrid sinus pain and congestion. I decided to share how my surgery has went so far!
I was so nervous! My first surgery was incredibly painful and I had packing which made it awful to breathe, let alone sleep! This surgery was different. Everyone was so kind and understanding.
After being prepped, I was walked into the operating room and laid down. They started anesthesia and I remember singing, “you’ll be okay…” then I heard “I can’t intubate if you keep singing.” I thought I replied that I didn’t know the rest of the lyrics anyway. Next thing I knew, I woke up in recovery with gauze under my nose.
My pain was about a 6-7. I think they gave me toradol because I refused to have morphine since it tends to make me vomit. The issue was they had a sulfate based one and I have allergies. I got a bit itchy, but no horrid reaction and it helped with the pain. The pain was more located in the top back of my throat than in my nose. I felt really tired like I just wanted to sleep. They changed my gauze a few times and said to use afrin or pinch the end of my nose if bleeding was bad or I was changing gauze more than once every half hour for the first 24 hours. I tolerated ginger ale and they got me ready to go. The nurse didn’t let me finish it! I had no problems for the 45 minute drive home other than feeling like I wanted to lay down.
All this time, although I felt congested, I could breathe through my nose because I didn’t have packing and the pain was far more bearable than my previous surgery!
When I got home I changed gauze, slept for a bit, woke up to take steroid and pain medicine, change gauze again, use afrin due to bleeding starting to drip, pinched nose, another gauze change and I was back to bed. I woke up frequently but I feel this was from the steroid.
Day 2, the surgical center called to check in and I had just fallen back asleep, it was nice and annoying. I started to cry randomly off and on. My neck felt a little weird like it’s restless as well as my left arm. I have a pinched nerve and nerve damage on that side. The crying was worse before I took my steroid and tapered off after I took it. My sleep was very disjointed and all over the place. I would suddenly feel very exhausted and need to lay down.
Best part about day 2 was using the saline rinse squeeze bottle! It didn’t hurt but it felt weird. I had stopped pain pills after the morning as they were only needed for my throat. I haven’t felt the need to take Tylenol either! I didn’t need gauze by the afternoon as it had only been small specks since the early morning.
Instead of blurry vision after surgery, I’m experiencing the opposite. I can see the tv better without glasses. There is still an adjustment but it feels like my eyes focus faster? It’s very noticeable in my right eye. I also haven’t experienced a migraine where my first surgery gave me a terrible one!
Later in the evening I sneezed open mouth 3 times without pain or bleeding and began feeling itchy or tingly inside my nose.
Day 3 has brought on lots of crying. I felt so very weak upon waking. Everything feels like an immense amount of stress to deal with. I’m depressed, but I haven’t felt like this in some time and I take Wellbutrin for it. Im also quite dizzy. I contacted the doctors office and they definitely think it’s the steroid and told me to discontinue for now. If my congestion is too bad, I could call back and they would figure something out. I was told to give my regular nasal spray a try to see if that helps. I feel very weird and light headed. It’s about 45 minutes after my steroid dose was due, but I’m doing okay not taking it thus far. I’m eating some Mac n cheese that I let cool. I’ve mostly stuck to liquids, crackers, and yogurt for now. I don’t like cold coffee, but I had some.
It feels a little tight in my nose when breathing but air can still pass through. I’m tempted to try a pseudoephedrine tonight to help with congestion so I can sleep. The cool mist humidifier is a life saver as well as the ocean saline spray. I’m doing my best to keep things moist.
I miss sleeping on my side with my head lower. My face feels tight or strained. I don’t really have pain. The itchy in the nose is awful but the rinse helps. Instead of a couple times a day, the doctor said I could rinse as much as I feel comfortable with. Hoping the congestion clears up faster and the itching calms down as things heal. I really want to go back to sleep!