The Natural Singer Will Go Under The Knife

The Natural Singer Will Go Under The Knife

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…


9 Responses »

  1. I don’t blame you one buy for being nervous, but I can imagine that being symptom-free and feeling truly healthy for long stretches once the procedure is complete is going to feel AMAZING. Like chronic pain you don’t know what it’s like not to have, and when it’s gone, you had no idea you could feel so good. Wishing you a speedy recovery when the time comes!

    • Kirsten, that is so true. I was just thinking about that. I have had post nasal drip my whole life. I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until I was in my 20’s and read about it and thought, “Aha! That’s what I have. I thought that was normal!” If I’m able to go one year without my body *trying* to get a sinus infection after a cold (I’m able to usually stave it off), I will be thrilled. We shall see!

  2. Oooh, “fun”! Fun to NOT have those sinus problems anymore… I don’t blame you for being a tad nervous, though. Let me know how we can help ya. We are especially open to watching munchkins because, you know… they’re super cute.

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    • Hi there, from what I have read about nasal polyps, they are inflamed tissues in your sinuses and anytime you have inflammation there is something awry in your body. I also did not want to be on steroids permanently if I could avoid it which is why I’m having surgery done in this case for my deviated septum. However, even surgery for nasal polyps does not take care of the underlying problem of inflammation. You may have to examine what is happening in your lifestyle in all areas (emotional, physical and spiritual) that may be contributing to your inflammation. Just my thoughts, for what it’s worth! Good luck to you 🙂

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