Well, I never thought I would say this, but I’m going to have elective surgery done. Ok, let me back up a bit. I hate going to the doctor. In fact, I rarely ever go unless it is absolutely necessary. I exercise, I eat well (most of the time!) and I try to manage my emotional health, as well. When I have gone to the doctor for various reasons, I have been told that I am in very good health. This pleases me 🙂 With that said, if you read my first post, you know that I have a history of sinus infections. And, I recently got over a cough that lasted about six weeks and then tried to turn into yet another sinus infection. Six weeks of being sick (my youngest was sick, too) is just not ok with me and I was finally determined to find out if there was anything wrong with me that contributed to my prolonged recovery from a simple cough.
I’ve wondered if I had nasal polyps because a friend (who’s also an ENT) told me that I might have them due to the symptoms I discussed with him. I researched nasal polyps and I did have some of the symptoms but I never took the step to find out for sure. Being sick for six weeks has a way of propelling you to find a solution so I made an appointment with an ENT here in Sofia to find out if this might be the reason that I have a susceptibility to sinus infections.
My husband knows the doctor and told him what my symptoms were. The day of the appointment arrived and we went to the hospital and I was told to have an x-ray done and then he would examine me. After having the x-ray performed, I brought it back to him and he took a look in my nose. “You have a deviated septum,” he said. I thought to myself that I already knew that I have a deviated septum. I discovered it years ago when I was in grad school from my first (over-prescribing) ENT, Dr. S (the names have been changed to protect the…oh, heck, I just don’t want to get sued), in Boston. Dr. S said that it would probably never be a problem.
I said to Dr. Melnicharov, “My sinus infections always start on the right side.” He said, “Your septum is deviated to the right. This is your problem. You need surgery” (This is the Balkan directness that I have come to love) He said, “Think about it. The weather now is not so good. Maybe in March.”
I don’t take any type of invasive procedure lightly, so, I went home and thought about it and I decided I need to get it done. I’ve researched what is actually performed in the surgery and what the recovery is and I think that, for me, the benefits far outweigh the risks. It has always frustrated me that despite all of my natural remedies and my healthy habits, I have continued to get these sinus infections. I think if I get this surgery done, I won’t have them nearly as often and maybe even never again. My sinuses will be able to drain properly and when I do catch an infection, I will be able to clear it out of my system at a much faster rate.
I will post what happens the day of the surgery and my recovery. It’s not a major surgery, but I’m still a little nervous…