Recovery

Nosy

Recovery was hit or miss. I had good days and bad days. Last Wednesday I skipped the afternoon pain pill because I thought I had it managed but it was too soon to go that long without anything. It felt like I had to play catch up that night to get the pain manageable. Then it was ok. I could go every 6 hours instead of 4 hours, or so. I also took Tylenol.

The bad news: I ended up getting a viral cough. I thought the cough I had was because of being on a breathing tube for the surgery, but unfortunately the cough was definitely a cold. Like really? Perfect timing, right?

Other than that, I slept a lot. I would do the sinus rinses, take my meds and then take a lot of naps. I tried to relax a bit on the couch. I watched the new season of Queer Eye, the first season of Killing Eve, and second season of Billions. 

I tried to move around a lot. Just laying around or sitting too much was making my body hurt so I tried to stand and walk as much as possible.

I was hoping to get back to the Keto diet as soon as possible post surgery (I assumed after a few days) but it took me longer eating comfort food. I’d have half a bagel with cream cheese with my eggs for breakfast (it was a craving and comfort food thing). I had kombucha once a day for my guts. I did have some leftover pizza for lunch one day and chicken noodle soup for dinner one night. I ate a lot of fruit because that sounded good to me.

I was also a bottomless pit of hunger the four days post-surgery. I don’t know why I was so hungry but I could seriously eat anything and everything. My guess is that it was a combination of fasting pre-surgery throwing me off and then healing. My body just needed calories and food to heal? So I just listened to my body and ate when I was hungry and slept when I was tired. I’ll get back to the diet soon. (Hopefully the damage won’t be too bad.)

The Friday after my surgery, 5 days post-op, I got off the Oxy because I was so sick. It was really awful!! So the pain was kinda bad for about a day or two with just advil and tylenol but I got over the worst of it and once the oxy was out of my system I felt better.

Over the weekend, my cousin brought some delicious soup and groceries, which was nice! I didn’t do a whole lot. I just didn’t have the energy. This picture of Logan was him checking on me while I was resting in bed. He asked, “Are you ok, mommy?” It was pretty cute. 🙂

 

Michael was a trooper. It was a lot of stuff to take care of! My mom went home to Seattle on Friday so it was a busy, busy weekend for him. 

Monday, Michael took me to the post-op appointment with the surgeon. It was kind of awful but I got the stints (they were HUGE!) and stitches out. I had some bleeding the rest of the day but felt a lot better having that stuff out! 

The rest of the week will be more resting and slowly getting back into my normal activities. No working out for a few more weeks but I can at least start doing more around the house!

 

Post-Op

A few months ago, I mentioned I had a CT scan on my sinuses because of all the horrific sinus infections I’ve been having. I had a consultation with a surgeon on the phone when I got the results back and then I had an in-person consultation/second opinion with another surgeon in December to talk more about a potential surgery. I was kind of on the fence and kept going back and forth on whether or not to do the surgery.

Then mid-December I got a cold and it turned into a sinus infection (of course) and it never really went away. It kept coming back. I decided to do the surgery. (The sinus infection came back at Christmas, then again after my birthday in January and then for Valentine’s Day and then finally I went back to the doctor at the end of February because I was super freaked out about my upcoming surgery and they gave me super duper antibiotics that probably killed everything in my body……..) Since December I basically got 2-3 week breaks where I wasn’t sick or on antibiotics and the rest of the time I was sick with a sinus infection. UGH!

I wasn’t really looking forward to surgery. No surgery is great. (I’ve had two previously surgeries for other things.) But I couldn’t really get a good idea on what the recovery was going to be like. Everyone that had sinus surgery had a different experience–some had super easy, great experiences with not a lot of pain or bad experiences post-op. Some had horrific pain and horrible after experiences. So I guess it was like childbirth. Everyone was different and everyone had a different experience.

My surgery was scheduled for Monday, March 25th. I was really hoping the surgery would be first thing in the morning, since I was fasting for it, but unfortunately I had to arrive for check in at 11am! Boo!!! I set my alarm for 2:30am so I could eat (8 hours before arrival time) and I’m glad I did. I had a protein shake, some leftover pizza from Logan’s birthday party and strawberries.

That morning, Logan went to daycare and Michael went to work for a half-day. My parents were in town to help. My dad took me to the hospital and then Michael met us there.

I don’t handle pain pills or anesthesia well (historically I get really really sick and throw up). So they brought out all the big guns. They gave me every anti-nausea medication known to man (I’m not even kidding) plus a patch to wear for a few days.

I got checked in to pre-op and had bloodwork done, got the I.V., met the two anesthesiologists, a nurse that would be with me the whole time and my surgeon. Then Michael and my Dad came back for a few minutes before it was time to go back.

It was weird…I’ve had surgery twice before and I remember them getting me set up in the operating room and then putting a mask on me and telling me to count backwards then I’d fall asleep. This time I was awake and aware of everything and then all of a sudden I was waking up in post-op! It was crazy! My surgery was 2 hours I guess.

So I tried to warn them that I have a hard time recovering from anesthesia and everyone was like “yeah yeah everyone does” but then they actually got a taste of it! The recovery process was supposed to take an hour, but it was more like 3 for me. We didn’t actually leave the hospital until almost 7pm and they had to give me a shot of ephedrine (I think?) because I was having such a hard time waking up. My heart rate and pulse would drop too low. (I told you so!!)

That part was not fun.

We got home and I was famished. Diet be dammed this week. I had half a bagel with cream cheese, a piece of pizza, some strawberries, tons of water and a protein bar. Then I got ready for bed.

I wasn’t in a ton of pain, so that was good. It was mostly just really uncomfortable and gross. I will have the gauze on my face for a little bit while I bleed. I’m supposed to do the sinus rinse three times a day, take it easy, and then next week I go back to the doctor and get the splints taken out.