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18 August 2010 @ 09:34 am
Health update  
 Well, today I go in for the surgery to get rid of my nasal polyp.  I only have one (unusual), that's large enough it's blocking both sides of my nose (unusual), and where it's connected and originates from is dangerously close to my eye and my brain (unusual).  Dangerously for the surgery, that is.  Guess I'm just lucky like that.  What that means is, the ENT doctor is taking some extra safety precautions.  An extra CT scan, and some little dooby dobby thing that costs more money, but will let him know where he is at all times within 2mm.  

I'm trying not to freak out about it all, actually.  I already have some general anxiety about "surgery" of any kind.  I'm sure some of it originates with the one I had when I was five.  (I did get a whole fleet of stuffed animals out of the deal, though.)  Now my anxiety level is all kinds of up.  The doctor, though, didn't seem overly concerned - well, he seemed concerned, but not like "you should really think about whether you want to do this".  More "to do it this way costs a little bit more, but it's what I would do if I were operating on my wife."  Okay.  We're doing that, then.

I have to be at the hospital by noon, but my surgery won't be until 1-1:30.  In the meantime, I've been fasting since midnight last night.  The no food thing is no problem.  The no water thing is killing me.  My throat is always so dry in the mornings (from having to breath through my mouth all night), and swishing water around and spitting it out isn't really helping with that.  I keep reminding myself "after this, you'll be able to breath through your nose again.  And smell stuff.  And taste better.  You won't feel as though you could suffocate to death at any moment when you get a cold."

Yep, good to keep all of that in the forefront.  I probably won't post again tonight, but tomorrow I'll post a little something, just so you all know I made it through without my eye or my brain, you know, being damaged or whatever.
celli on August 18th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
eretria: Delenneretria on August 18th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Be safe, dear!
I joined the Rebel Alliance ironically: ahsoka barriss lightsaber - by scifigeekmorwen_peredhil on August 18th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Best of luck.

No water is torture, but they should start an IV when you're waiting in pre-op, which will make you feel better very quickly
KayJayUU: cowboyskayjayuu on August 18th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
*sends good thoughts*
Miss Crankypants: Spooks Lucas North Ridiculouslyaka_paloma on August 18th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
BIGGEST HUGS EVER!!!! I'll be thinking of you and wishing you well.

(And here's Richard Armitage as a spy icon for good luck!)
Veronica Mars is smarter than you (and me): hufflepuff rocks the housejulietlaw on August 19th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
xlanaxlana on August 19th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
big hugs. hope you sailed through the surgery and are recuperating peacefully.
annete: Eldest Sisteranneten on August 19th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
Sending warm and positive thoughts your way to help you through your surgery and recovery.