I had an interesting visit to an ENT specialist today. I went there because I have chronic strep and wanted to find out about getting my tonsils removed. Instead, I found out that I have a bad sinus infection and something (a condition? a disorder?) called “nasal valve collapse” which prevents me from breathing well through my nose and needs to be surgically repaired.
(incidentally, I have always thought the term “mouthbreather” was a most excellent insult, so I think I have just offended myself)
I also received a steroid shot in my arm, a new course of antibiotics, and an order to get a CT scan on my head. Fun!
Do these things happen to everyone, or am I just a surgery magnet? Occasionally, I meet people (my husband being one of them) who have never had surgery, never spent the night in a hospital, never been to the E.R., etc. Who are these people and how did they get so lucky? I have had major surgery on my leg, my shoulder, and my jaw. Now I’ll be having surgery on my nose. And maybe my tonsils. Unbefrigginglievable.
On the plus side, the doc says that the nasal valve collapse is the source of many of my woes. It’s the reason I can’t breathe through my nose half the time, why I can’t fall asleep at night, why I don’t sleep well, why if I didn’t have to Skype with people all day, I would totally wear Breathe Right strips all the time. I love Breathe Right strips, but it is seriously embarrassing when I realize I ran my errands with one on and didn’t realize it. :-O And I can’t tell you how many times I have received a package and realized afterward that I had one on.
So inyhoo, the doc said if he fixes this dealio, I will breathe lungs full of air all day long. Through my nose. I can hardly imagine. We may be reaching a bit, but Husband and I are thinking that maybe if I get my nose fixed and can stop breathing like a cavewoman, I will stop getting strep. And maybe, just maybe, I won’t have to endure the excruciating agony of a tonsillectomy.
One can dream.
Before I leave you, I wanted to share this amazing bowl of vegetarian pho I picked up for lunch yesterday while I was waiting for a prescription to fill. It was spectacular and I ate every bite (except that giant piece of basil!).