April 15, 2009

Nasal Septal Repair Submucous Resection Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery...

with Landmarks. That is the name of the surgery my wife had today. The name was actually longer but I have taken the liberty of shortening it.
My wife and I both took some time off for Spring break so that we could do something with the kids. About a week or so ago Lois went to see a specialist because she has had a difficult time breathing. She has literally been clogged up and we suspected that she had some severe sinus problems. After a CT scan the doctor discovered that her nasal passages were completely blocked with polyps and scar tissue that developed from an accident that happened years ago. They scheduled an immediate surgery. Right in the middle of our vacation. In a way it was sad, but for her it will be a blessing. The recovery will take somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks and they say that she will feel a hundred times better. In the meanwhile she is probably going to end up with two black eyes and a swollen face. She has had a 4 x 4 gauze patch taped across her nose ever since she came out of surgery and has been bleeding all day long.
This afternoon when we left the hospital my sister-in-law and I brought her home and got her settled in. She threw up, took a pain pill and then fell asleep. When she woke up she felt much better and she began exploring the nursing station I assembled in front of her. Bandages, tape, and meds. There was nasal spray, balm and more meds. One thing the nurse recommended using was Q-Tips to apply balm around her nose to keep her skin from getting too dry. She immediately spotted the Q-Tips and grabbed one.

Knowing my wife I stopped what I was doing and looked at her. "What are you doing?" I asked her.

She quietly spun the Q-Tip in her hand and then stopped. "Nothing." She answered.

"You were totally going to put that up your nose." I said.

"Uh-uh." She said. And then she set it back down.

When she fell back to sleep I took them upstairs and put them away. I'm pretty sure she can just use her finger tip to smear the stuff on.


Laoch of Chicago said...

Wow, sounds like a gruesome operation but worth it for clear breathing I guess. Good wishes to her.

Krëg said...

Man, that sounds like an unpleasant experience, but I'm glad they found it.

Keeping y'all in my prayers.



Yes it was really something. They even made a video of it and gave it to her. It was quite fascinating. It was unbelievable to see how much of her sinus cavities were closed off and walled in. Lois says thanks.

Kreg, thank you very much.

*mary* said...

Let Lois know I hope she feels better soon!
And did they REALLY give her a video of it?! How COOL! I thought ultrasound videos were fun...


She says thanks and yes, a video recording of the whole procedure. The tiny camera going in and out doing all the work. It was evidently attached to each tool handle when the tools were switched.

Lilly said...

Oh gosh I am glad she is over the operation and they found it quickly. She is going to feel so much better. You sound like a great nurse too. She is lucky to have you and yes, good move on hiding the Q tips because she must be feeling uncomfortabel and it would be tempting to stick the Qtip where it shouldnt go!! Take Care all of you!!

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