Sunday, May 22, 2011

My First-Ever Turbinectomy!

Tomorrow is my first-ever surgery. I am having a septoplasty and turbinectomy-- which sounds like I'm having a septic tank fixed and a turban removed but actually means that I am having a deviated septum in my nose corrected and an enlarged lower turbinate reduced-- with the end result hopefully being that I will be able to breathe normally for the first time in years. I was supposed to have this surgery 11 years ago but I procrastinated it because I didn't want to take time off work and I was afraid of going under general anesthesia. So hooray for ending the procrastination and finally getting around to doing it. I haven't been able to breathe clearly through my nose for years, so I am excited to get this over with. I think.

It isn't a major surgery (although I've heard that the only minor surgery is one that happens to someone else) but I'm still a bit nervous. The general anesthesia thing still doesn't excite me-- although it is much more exciting than the alternative. I tend to underplay things in my mind so I'm sure tomorrow I will be hating life and feeling crappy, but hopefully in a week or two I will have be feeling more normal AND be able to breathe through my nose for a change. Here's hoping.  

7 comments:

mandy_moo said...

Good luck!! I had maxillofacial osteotomy 7 years ago, and yeah, the first couple days were hell, but things got better after a couple days. I'll remember you in my prayers tonight.

mandy_moo said...

Oh and by the way, that translates to "jaw surgery" ;)

Carolina said...

Good luck! We'll be thinking and praying for you.

Greek Goddess said...

Best wishes. We'll pray for you.

Lara said...

Oh, good luck! My brother has had this surgery before. Here's to breathing through your nose and a speedy recovery!

Crystal said...

Good luck with everything! We'll keep you in our prayers

Lorena said...

Good luck, Karen. I'm really glad to hear you'll get to have this done after the long wait!