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The following days were interesting. They removed the nose packing after one day but my nose was far from being a working nose. It was as if I had a very strong flu so breathing was mainly through the mouth or only one nostril. Anyway I improved a lot from one day to the following. During the first week I took painkillers four times a day that helped the headache to stay away… (actually, I got them three times a day and then I would wake up in the middle of the night, either sweating or freezing and with a strong headache, so I would call the nurse and take my fourth painkiller of the day). That was fine until saturday. That was 4 days after my surgery. I woke up fine, but I had a headache.

(via Deborah Weathering)

It didn’t go away, it became stronger every hour. So strong I had to remain in bed, eyes closed and hoping noone would enter my room making noise (such as walking)…

I got X ray done to see if I had a sinus infection (which I hadn’t), no sign of meningitis either, no painkiller would help me in any form whatsoever (tablet, drops, in blood). I had a very, very bad day, actually. The reasons for this were (at least) twofold.

1. Due to my position on the surgery coach, my neck was really, really stiff, my shoulders were as hard as diamond.

2. I had a bacteria infection in my nose. That’s why I keep bleeding through the nose and I can only breathe through one nostril.

Solution:

1. Yes! Massage daily, twice. IR light to keep my shoulders warm after the massage. Tablet to relax muscles.

2. Antibiotics.

Needless to say, this could only improve my condition! One week after the surgery I already felt good. No headaches in the middle of the night, neck still stiff but not aching anymore. I even go for little walks (I get tired very quickly) in the hospital, down to the cafeteria, out to the backyard… Days go by and I don’t get tired that quickly, so walks can be longer… I go step by step back to my old healthy me. This is a huge relief!

My biggest concern was what would life be for me after my surgery. I didn’t have any problem, I felt healthy, no growing of hands, nose, whatsoever… I only knew I had this illness because my blood work said so (allright, I didn’t have my period for 11 months, but that fixed itself spontaneously 3 months before the surgery!). I was concerned I would be sick after the surgery. I didn’t want my life to change at all!!

So, things are getting better. The only problem is my bleeding nose. I am wearing this gauze roll under my nose, attached to my ears:

which gives me a very funny look. I have to use a new one every couple of hours. I am not describing what does it look like after one night. Bloody snots. mmm! yummy, yummy.

Are antibiotics working? My stay at the hospital is planned to last 10 days after the surgery, which means one week (tuesday – tuesday) and three more days (friday). Let’s see what happens.

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June 13, 2008 at 6:40 am 1 comment


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