Thursday, April 21, 2011

Still Recovering

Oh I know why they say it's harder as an adult to get your tonsils out. I think they are just plain bigger and more rooted when they take them out. Believe it or not, the first couple of days were not the worst, but the 6-8 (and maybe more because this is day 8) are the worst. I have to continually watch for bleeding and when I see it, I have to drink very cold ice water to stop the bleeding. As long as I can keep it under control, I'm fine. I'm very nervous about not being able to control it and having to go the ER. It's a fear that I'm struggling with, but am getting better with. The pain medicine can no longer keep up with the pain like it could. By hour 3 my throat is hurting for more pain meds, but I can only take it every 4 hours. Now I know why they gave me two huge bottles of pain meds with a refill, which I've refilled. I never wanted to be on pain meds this long, but I think I might literally die of pain if I didn't take them.

So I went to the ENT for post-op yesterday. The nurse was amazed at how much the ENT had done to me all at once and she was glad she did because it's easier to go through one surgery rather than multiple surgeries. The ENT was going to de-scab my nose for quicker, better healing. Well, the inside of my nose is still so swollen, she couldn't do it and we rescheduled it for next week. At least I can mostly breathe out of my nose now, because I couldn't for the first 4 days after surgery. I've been using a saline solution in a bottle to flush out my nose a couple of times a day. It still bleeds though and is very sore to touch, especially after the appt yesterday with the attempt to de-scab my nose. I will be such a happy camper when all of this recovery stuff is done and I can resume a normal life with hopefully better health.

If anyone is considering having anything like this done, feel free to email me and ask me about it. I hope I have posted enough on it to give you an idea, and hopefully in next couple of weeks I can do a post-recovery post on here to let you know how much it has helped.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 14-15, 2011 Jennifer's Surgery

Well, I guess I can finally turn, my turn. Now I feel a little bit of what Ashlyn has had to go through. Yesterday I got to endure about an hour's worth of surgery. I had lots of stuff done to my nose (I think there was like 10 things listed), but mostly a deviated septum, scraping of the inside of one nostril (the wall was severely thickened), some wall lifted in my sinus, and everything cleaned (roto-router) out. To top it off, I had my tonsils taken out. I just hope this will make it to where I'm not as sick anymore. I'm tired of having sinus infections that lead into bronchitis, etc...

Overall, I'm not doing too bad for the 2nd day. They say the 2nd day is suppose to be worse, but I think I actually feel better today than I did yesterday. Hope I'm not jinxing it, but I owe it all to God...I prayed hard to not feel all the pain I was told I was going to feel. Kaylyn and Ashlyn were so sweet when they got home yesterday and saw me. Ashlyn actually started to cry when she had to leave for speech therapy and I had to assure her that I was alright. I've been staying on top of taking my pain meds every 4 hours like it says, even throughout the night. I think this has helped a lot too!

Here's me right before they took me back...see how happy I am!

Here I am the day after, not looking as happy as yesterday, right before the surgery, but not looking so bad ;-)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another Digital Scrapbook completed

Got my new scrapbook completed. This scrapbook contains a visit to the Brevard Zoo with two special teachers back in March 2010, our week Disney vacation December 2010, our weekend of camping at Disney March 2011, and our visit to Epcot's Flower and Garden festival April 2011.