One Surgery Down
My ENT dismissed me yesterday, so all is doing well from the deviated septum and polyp removal surgery. He was not, at that time, able to perform the planned Balloon Sinuplasty on my frontal sinuses. The CT scan clearly shows that the sinuses above my eyes are filled with “something”, but we have no idea what. It could be mucous, or maybe infection, or maybe even fungus. During surgery he could not find the opening from those sinuses to my nose. The opening apparently has grown over with bone, likely from the chronic sinus infections I’ve had over the years.
Two to Go
He facilitated an appointment for me with a UAB specialist, as drilling into these upper sinuses takes specialized equipment and a specially trained surgeon. This doctor is the head of the Ophthalmology Department at UAB. UAB is a world renowned teaching hospital, so I’m lined up with the best of the best in our state.
Because the doctor’s office made the appointment, and he asked that it be expedited – I’m seeing this Ophthalmology specialist on August 10. My blocked tear duct surgery is scheduled for August 15.
I’m feeling less stressed now that I have the appointment to deal with the upper sinuses. I feel lousy, with lots of pressure and some pain above my eyes. I sound all stopped up, and that’s exactly the way I feel. I’m keeping the blocked tear duct swelling down with daily antibiotic/steroid drops I’ve been on now for about six months. The drops control the swelling, but that area of my face stays sensitive. My eyeglass nose pieces aggravate it, too.
I have faith that this is all going to turn out with me feeling much better. But I’ll have to admit I wish it could all be over right now. Patience…Rosemary…Patience.