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.