I saw my Skull Base Surgeon, and he removed the splints up in the Frontal Sinus cavities that he opened up into one large cavity. He is very pleased with the healing progress.
I have refilled the Budesonide plus antibiotic/fungicide nasal rinse capsules and continue with that rinse twice a day. He cleaned out a good bit of blood clots, but it was not pleasant. I think he had to use numbing spray three or four times to get me through it. It was a very strange sensation, as I felt pulling pain way up above my left eyebrow. I pointed to it and asked him if the cavity went up that far, and he said it did. That was surprising.
I could actually see white bone in some areas as he worked, as he uses a camera with his suction tube, and it displays exactly what he’s doing on a big screen. In my understanding of it, the grafted mucous membrane will have to grow over all that white before he dismisses me. Some people would not want to see that, but I’m such a nerd that I like knowing exactly what’s going on. Daughter took me again – no way dear hubby could stay in there watching me hurt and seeing that screen.
I told him about not sleeping through the night. I’ve actually only gone back to sleep after a bathroom visit three times since surgery a month ago. Most nights I’ve been getting maybe four to six hours sleep. and it shows. I’m exhausted. He said I could use the Benadryl until I get this bad habit stopped. I was concerned about drying out my sinuses. But he said as long as I was using the rinse, I would be OK.
So I don’t see him again for 6 weeks. I’ll be seeing my regular ENT in three weeks for more debriding.
Pain and Sleep
The next few days after the rough debriding he did, I had a terrible headache. I finally realized it was emanating from my neck. All the tense muscles I had while he was pulling stuff out of my forehead caused quite a muscle spasm in the area of the fused vertebrae. Once I realized that was the problem, I took a muscle relaxer and used the hot pad – and I slept ALL NIGHT!! The next night was not quite as restful, but still better than it had been. So hopefully I’m headed in the right direction with getting my Circadian Rhythm back in good shape.
Quality of Life
I’m still pretty weak physically, but trying to increase my activity level each day just a little at a time. Going to church was not nearly as tiring this Sunday as last Sunday, so I must be getting a little better. I’m also continuing to sunbathe each day at noon, building up with an additional minute to each side each time I get out in the sun. I don’t look white as a sheet now.
I’m doing the smell protocol faithfully, but haven’t seen improvement there. Hopefully that will begin to show some improvement soon, as it’s awfully easy to get discouraged, doing the same thing and not seeing any difference.
So, with the last of the splints removed, I’m seeing improvement, but slowly. I am hopeful that this surgeon solved my sinus problems. Time will tell, and faith in God’s Healing Hand will get me through all this.