Post Septoplasty Update – Almost 4 Months Later

Post Septoplasty Update – Almost 4 Months Later

I have to apologize for my lack of posts.  I have been busy with preparing for concerts and an impending move.  I do find, however, that I miss writing.  It keeps me focused on things that are important to me and if it’s also useful for others then that makes it even better.

It’s been nearly 4 months since I had my septoplasty surgery.  The surgery went very well but there were some ‘complications’ after the surgery that hindered my recovery a bit.   About 5 days post surgery, my daughter accidentally elbowed me in the nose breaking open the wound.  Then my family came down with colds so along with healing I was also trying not to get sick.  I figured any cold virus getting into my sinuses would complicate my healing process.  I think it was a bit much for my poor nose and sinuses to take on at one time. Consequently, I ended up with a sinus infection.  It seems really ironic because I got the surgery precisely to rid myself of having sinus infections in the first place.

Well, I went on a round of antibiotics (which I’m loath to take) but it did get rid of the infection.  I was not well for about a month after the surgery and it wasn’t until I took the antibiotics that I was able to feel good again.  I know that antibiotics can be very useful and very powerful and for that reason I feel they should be used judiciously.  They are effective at killing bacteria but they also kill the good in addition to the bad bacteria so I needed to take some measures to restore some of the beneficial bacteria.

I started drinking a lot of kefir and also eating a lot of plain Bulgarian yogurt.  Both are chock full of all kinds of good bacteria.  Allergy season began shortly after I began to feel better so I also added bee pollen to my daily regimen. In addition, I began using my neti pot more regularly.

Neti pot similar to the one I use

My sinuses feel a lot better and I can breathe more easily.  I found out, however, after going to an acupuncturist that it’s not normal to have chronic sinus issues and that they are indicative of other problems.  I will write more about that later.  But, I do not regret getting the surgery.  If I do have sinus problems, they do drain more easily than before.  I also want to add that this is the first time in many years that I did have to take allergy pills and use nasal steroids in order to avoid a sinus infection through the allergy season.  I consider that to be well worth it to me.  Time will tell if it will have a long term effect on my proclivity for sinus infections.

I have been asked if it made a difference on my singing.  I haven’t noticed a difference to be honest.  It hasn’t had an effect in one way or another that I have been able to notice.

All in all, I’m glad I did it and feel confident in recommending the procedure to others who are struggling with the same issues.  I do feel that if you have chronic sinus problems that you should take a more detailed look into why they may occur in the first place.

Live well and be happy!

TNS

 

 

6 Responses »

  1. It’s pollen season here in Maine, thankfully for me its been raining everyday. I try to avoid allergy pills too, I just learned that you can use lavender, lemon and peppermint pure essential oils for seasonal allergies. I put 2 drops each in a little water, swished it around for 10 seconds swallow. In 5 minutes I was all clear!
    Glad you are all healed up 🙂

  2. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  3. I am going under the knife next week to have a septoplasty done for my deviated septum. I am wondering how long you had to wait until you could sing again. I currently sing in a choir and we have some upcoming performances in a month or so.
    Thanks for your feedback!

    • Hi Christine, I see you sent this about a week ago so you may have gone under the knife already. I waited a few weeks before trying to sing again. Maybe try humming and see how that feels. If it’s ok, maybe you can warm up the voice a little bit and see how that goes. I hope everything went ok!

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