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.
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!