Major precipitation and/or shifts in temperature have almost always triggers a sinus headache in the past. This time I had a little pressure and a slight headache, but nothing like I would have experienced in the past. The other test was cleaning product fumes. My nostrils were a little irritated, but no headache. Yea!
Thought I was done last Thursday but apparently not. The biggest pieces so far came out Saturday night.
This piece came out of my right nostril. I couldn’t believe how big it was!
This piece came out of my left. It was shorter but much thicker.
The interesting thing is that at no point was my breathing impaired which shows me how much my nasal passages have been opened up.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the procedure so I thought I’d check in. There has been no pain whatsoever. I just felt a little irritation when I didn’t keep my nasal passages as moist as I should have with the saline spray.
The above picture is one of three large pieces of stuff I’ve pulled out of my nose in the last two weeks. I could feel something hard and crunchy in my nostril, but I couldn’t blow it out. I had to reach in with the tweezers. I did a saline rinse and used more of my prescription ointment to avoid infection. I’ve got one more in my right nostril, but I’ll have to wait until it works its way down some more before I attempt to pull it out.
I had one level 5 sinus headache when we had that surprise snow storm, but all I had to do was rinse out my nasal passages and blow it clear. No medicine required! There’s a possibility my sinuses were just irritated due to the extra dryness in the house from turning the heat up.
I still need to blow my nose, but only occasionally. It’s weird because it feels like I’m slightly congested, but with no headache and no facial pressure and I’m pulling full breaths cleanly through my nostrils. I’m assuming that once everything is completely healed I’ll no longer have even the slightly congested feeling. I’ve decided to try a couple of little test. First I had sweets with my morning coffee. Normally, manufactured sweets are a sinus inflammation trigger for me. No problems whatsoever. Next I worked out! I wanted to see if my breathing was affected positively. I didn’t run out of breath even though I know I’ve still got mucous still blow out. Now it’s just a matter of noting when I no longer see any trace of blood, when I can stop blowing my nose and if I experience any sinus pressure or pain in the coming weeks. Please feel free to email me with any questions you have!
So it’s the next morning and I’m still constantly blowing my nose. The mucous is now just pink with specks of dried brown blood. No bright spots of blood, but the insides of my nostrils are crusted over with dried blood. Even though I’m a little apprehensive about touching the inside of my nostrils, I cleaned up the parts clearly visible. I’ll be out in public and people look at you funny when you’ve got a bloody nose and you’re not doing anything about it.
All last night it seemed my mucous membranes were sensitive to temperature. We had to keep the temperature in the room up, or I would have to wipe my nose every ten minutes.
I grossed DeMarcus out on the train. I forgot the sound of rattling snot bothers him (heh heh heh). I had a crestfallen moment when I felt the beginnings of a sinus headache, but I blew I nose and it went away. No medication. I think it’s because we were on the train and I couldn’t do my moisturizing spray rinse.
I wasn’t in any pain, but I kept having to (gently) blow my nose. I found out why I wasn’t bleeding very much. The blood was all clumped together in chunks because of my earlier congestion. I had to blow my nose every, freaking, ten minutes. I guess with nothing to block it, the mucous just keeps coming! Even after rinsing with the saline spray (a spectacularly gross display), I was a mucous fountain! In a way that shows just how much I normally would have had sitting around my sinuses and causing me pain from the congestion. Also, I could also still smell coblation wand gel burn odor.
My only real discomfort was the sides of my nose feeling raw from wiping it so much. I didn’t pack any oil-type moisturizers, just lotion (which I knew would burn) and a cortisone cream for skin allergies. I settled for the cortisone which helped a little bit.
And surprise! DeMarcus (my husband) ordered a pizza from Giordano’s while he was out picking up my prescriptions. It was totally delicious .
The nurse advised me the key to a good recovery was keeping my nasal passages moist. I had to take hot steamy showers twice a day for the next couple of days and use a saline spray (over-the-counter). I got the following prescriptions:
- Azithromycin 250 mg 6-pack (AKA Z Pack)-This is an antibiotic. I had to take two tablets immediately and then 1 a day for the next four days.
- Prednisone 20mg-This is an anti-inflammatory. Two tablets a day for four days
- Mupirocin 2% ointment-I think this is a topical antibiotic. I need to apply it twice a day for ten days. I didn’t have any q-tips so I had to twist a piece of tissue to use as an applicator.
So I arrive back at the doctor’s office and the first thing they do is take my blood pressure. The nurse did it twice to make sure and I got the green light! Yea! I sat in a recliner and the nurse puts a bib similar to what dentists use on me. She gave me two more ibuprofens to reduce inflammation and reviewed some aftercare instructions with me.
Next she sprayed my nasal passages with an anesthetic. In my case it was lidocaine which makes your heart feel like it’s about to thump clean out of your chest. If you’ve ever had a nasal numbing spray at an ENT’s office, it was about the same with a little more pressure.
The doctor came in and gave me a set of three (one in each nostril) local injections. The first set was uncomfortable but not what I would call seriously painful. There was no stabbing sensation, more of an intense burning. The doctor waited a few moments and my left front tooth started to feel a little numb. During the second set (where the video of me starts) I felt the burning sensation again but only slightly. The fast heart beat from the lidocaine spray slowed down. The doctor waited a few more moments and my right front tooth started to go numb. The doc then administered the last set of local injections and I didn’t feel them at all.
The doctor inserted the coblation wand after explaining that the gel he puts on the end smokes and gives off a burning smell, but it’s not my flesh that will be burning. I didn’t feel a thing. After he did my left nostril, I immediately felt the airway open up. I didn’t even know there was any blood coming out of my nostrils until I reviewed the video. I breathed through my mouth and as you can see from the video, my smart-mouthed husband and I were laughing through the whole thing. It only took about six minutes total. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Craig Schwimmer for letting us record him!
The nurse came in and noted that I wasn’t really bleeding at all. There were just a couple of spots of blood on the tissue. The headache I had earlier was completely gone.
I was disappointed when I got back to the hotel room. Having to stay in the hotel room meant no Garrett’s, no Giordano’s and no trip to the museum. Still, I only had myself to blame. I didn’t think missing one day was that big a deal. I know I have high blood pressure, but the last time I was in a doctor’s office, I was in stage 1. Apparently I have moved to stage 2. I cannot miss my medication. Ever. Also I should look into having my current prescription adjusted. I am on my way to strokeville. Sigh…
I asked the doc about adolescent patients. He said the youngest he’d done at the Chicago office was 14, but children younger than that have to be done at their Texas facility. Young children have to have general anesthesia because they can’t sit still enough for the procedure.
It seems their main location is Texas and they haven’t built the facilities to perform all procedures in all locations. If you’re looking at some of the other procedure’s The Snore Center offers, you need to check to see which office you can have it done at.