Tuesday, March 23, 2010

There is No Such Thing as Minor Surgery

Last week I sent out a tweet asking for prayer for surgery. (Thanks for praying!!) I didn't really offer any explanation, so here it is.

I've had sinus and allergy problems my whole life. I've done allergy shots (still do), medications, nasel sprays, Breathe Right strips, and more. But, no matter what I tried, I still felt like I could never breathe though my nose. And, I still snored. Not only was I uncomfortable, my husband was ready to divorce me. For snoring, not breathing. Heh.

So, I recently went to see yet another ENT doctor. I felt like he was the first one to take me seriously. I had a severely deviated septum and turbinate issues. We decided to do surgery to correct my problems.

I convinced myself that it was "just minor surgery", so I didn't really think about it. Then, the day before, I started to get nervous (hence the tweet). I was nervous about going under, and I was nervous about the pain. I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

What I learned this week is that there is no such thing as minor surgery. Unless we're talking removing a splinter with tweezers. I'll give you that. Anytime you get a general anesthetic, it's a big deal. Anytime you go under the knife, it's a big deal. And, if you're a big wuss like me, it's a really big deal!

The nurses and doctors were as nice as could be. My nurses were so comforting and caring. They gave me warmed blankets (like fresh out of the dryer feeling!), which I know they probably give to everyone. But, that made me feel special:) Everything went smoothly, and I was back home later that day.

Mr. Incredible totally lived up to his name and stayed with me the entire time. He even picked up my prescriptions and went to the grocery store (for like the 5th time since we got married), so this was a big deal too! Thanks, hon!

Our friends and family are taking such good care of us. Even though I'm in pain, I'm feeling so incredibly blessed.

So, what's going on with you this week?

This post is linked to What I Learned This Week at Musings of a Housewife


  1. Oh you poor thing! I'm around all week if you need anything - just yell!

    And btw - I performed minor surgery in my car yesterday int he Giant parking lot. . .I had a splinter in my finger - LOL

    Speedy Recovery!

  2. I knew the surgery was coming up, but I didn't know it happened already!!! I missed the prayer request since I'm not on Twitter ... Anyways, you know my history with "minor" surgeries, but I do hope the worst is over and you can have clear nasal passages! Love ya!

  3. I'm so glad you were finally able to find a solution!

  4. ugh... my husband had surgery for a deviated septum years ago and it took a while to feel normal. saline solution to keep it moist is key! Hope you feel better and can breaths now!

  5. I'm thinking of having this surgery