My purpose for writing this post is for anyone out there facing these procedures and are looking for information. In the months leading up to my surgery I searched and searched for personal accounts of these surgeries with little to no luck. So I am documenting my recovery for those who are searching!
Day 1: I got to the surgery center at 9 am for my 10:00 surgery. We checked in, got in the gown, IV started, and answered a trillion questions. I had to wash my face with castile soap and then I laid in the preOp for hours waiting to go back. After a bit the anesthesia guy came in and ordered me a "relaxer" to calm my nerves. It had little effect beyond a soft calming, sleepy feeling. I was not goofy or loopy as he had promised. At about 11:30 my ENT came to the room to chat. He gave us our instructions and explained exactly what he would be doing. He also made a few digs at our dumb insurance for not covering the procedure in office and putting me through the whole "real surgery" experience. At NOON I was wheeled back. I remember being wheeled back, climbing on the narrow, cold surgical table, looking up and seeing the people above me and thinking I was on an episode of "Gray's Anatomy". The anesthesia mask came on and I asked "Will this make me sleepy?" And that was it. The next thing I remember is being in Recovery talking to Jan. I had apparently been in there for 15 minutes talking with NO recollection of it. I had apparently complained of a sore throat and she ordered me some Demoral? to take the pain. Boy it made me dizzy and loopy and thirsty. Soon my hubs came back and I was made to pee before we could get dressed. We got dressed and they wheeled me to the car. I have little recollection of the drive home.
Once I got home I went to bed and dozed off and on for a few hours. I found it hard to sleep with the gauze moustache they made me wear. After a bit I got up and tried to eat a granola bar and soup. I stayed up the remainder of the day and sat in our recliner. My nose was bleeding out one side quite a bit and down my throat as well. We had to change my moustache every few hours. I could breathe through my nose just fine and had very little pain. I did take my Tylenol 3 every 4 hours as precaution though.
I went to bed super late and slept off and on all night. I'd wake up every little bit due to the drainage or moustache. I did sleep a little propped up with a few pillows so I wouldn't gag all night on the drainage.
Day 2: I woke up feeling like I was run over by a truck. Every muscle in my back, arms, stomach are SO SORE. I researched this and found it's due to the muscle relaxant they give you during surgery. I feel like I have worked out like never before. It hurts to move. I have a sore throat and my nose is completely clogged now. The bleeding has slowed and turned from bright red to pink. I am having a lot of drainage in my throat that causes me to gag/cough it up. Its bloody and has infection in it as well. I have very little pain other than the sore muscles. It's very hard to fight the urge to blow my nose. I have serious cotton mouth today from only breathing through my mouth.
Currently I am taking Tylenol 3 as needed, started Cephalexin antibiotic today, Saline spray 6 times a day as well as putting Neosporin inside my nose 3 times a day.
I feel better than I expected for sure and hope that I continue to heal this way.