Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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. :-OΒ  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!).

Vegetarian Pho

Vegetarian Pho

Are you a surgery magnet or one of those people who has never slept in a hospital?

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24 Responses to Light At The End Of The Tunnel

  1. Ah good luck! Love those drawings πŸ™‚

    I used to work in a hospital. Kind of miss it, kind of don’t. But I would never, ever want to be there as a patient. I hope your stay is smooth and quick.

  2. Amanda says:

    Recovery is hard from tonsil surgery but once it’s over, it’s SO worth it. My roommate got it done and she has not had a problem since!! Hang in there and good luck!

  3. awww you poor little mouth breather… kidding! I have a lot of the same horrendus sinus issues! They always try to poke and prod and test me and I always ignore them and stop making appointments like a scared little mouse. bad jenn!

    Your PHO looks soooooo good! I bet every bite was better than the last! ❀

    I made soup yesterday and was pretty proud.. until my husband came home and ate it all. boo!

  4. ooh! and thanks for linking up! ❀ you rock!

  5. Ah well at least you found out what was wrong and it will fix you up! Sorry about the surgery woes though!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Wow – you poor thing! I’m glad they found out what was wrong so they can fix it! Love the drawings too –

  7. Kath says:

    Welcome to the exquisite club of nose mutants! I got surgery on my nose a few years ago because I had a narrowed nasal meatus which made me suffer from very similar symptoms like you have: chonic sinusitis and inability to breathe through the nose so well. And while I was happy when the surgery and the days after were over, I’m still glad I’ve gotten it because the symptoms got so much better (I still tend to get sinus infections, but I don’t have them all the time anymore) and my nose was slimmer afterwards. This was a great coincidence for somebody who’s always hated the shape of her nose. (It looked swollen before.)

    I wish you all the best for the surgery and good results with regard to your well-being! And yes, unfortunately, I’m kind of a surgery magnet. 😦

    Love your sketches!

    • merf says:

      Kath – Husband is afraid my nose will look different after the surgery. I hate my nose but he says it gives me character. Anyway, wanted to say I love the new name of your blog. So cute!

      • Kath says:

        Thank you! And welcome to the exquisite club of nose haters! I hope you’ll able to the club of *former* nose haters soon! πŸ˜‰

  8. I’ve never stayed in the hospital before, fingers crossed. I hope the surgery fixes your other little problems though!

  9. Sorry to hear about the potential surgery. I have to say, reading your post makes me feel like wimp for being upset about having bronchitis!

    I wonder if your nasal collapse thingy affects your running? Maybe you will find running to be a lot easier after the surgery?

  10. I am totally a mouth breather! Never heard of nasal valve collapse before but wondering if I have that?? Can you never breathe through your nose? I can a little bit but I just don’t feel I get get enough oxygen as I do through my mouth. So yup, I look pretty ridiculous when I sleep too. I wonder if it would help with running too?? I used to have chronic strep as a child….but now as an adult, I am pretty immune to it. hmmm. interesting! thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

    • merf says:

      I can breathe through my nose most of the time, but like you I never feel like I’m getting enough oxygen. And I can’t breathe through my nose at all at night. Not sure why things change at night but they do.

    • merf says:

      Oh, and here’s how you can tell if you have what I have. Look in the mirror and breathe through your nose. Does the side of your nose sort of suck in when you breathe? It’s not terribly obvious, but my husband and I looked at his nose and it doesn’t do it at all, and he’s horribly congested right now. Strange!

  11. I’ve never had surgery before (knock on wood!) I’ve never even heard of a nasal valve collapse. I hope it gets fixed and you recover quickly πŸ™‚

  12. Oh man! My husband has the same problem and was recommended to have surgery too, he might get it soon. One of his friends did it and said that it was the best thing he could have done….especially with finally being able to sleep through the night.

    • merf says:

      Oh my gosh, really, your husband has the valve collapse thing? How strange! I’ve never heard of it before. I’m glad to hear the feedback from the friend. Surgery is always scary.

  13. Richelle says:

    I have had surgery once in my life and that was for a cyst in my jaw. I hope your’s goes smoothly. The vegetarian pho looks yummy!

  14. Kat says:

    1. Your drawings are hysterical

    2. I’ve never had surgery or been to the ER, but ENTs and I are BFF because I have an ever-so-tiny hole over my right eardrum that’s given to occasional mischief AKA havoc.

  15. Meri says:

    hahaha- I”m cracking up over “mouthbreather” because it’s one of my favorite insults too πŸ™‚
    I just found your site and love your drawings, very charming!
    I”m having a giveaway on my blog, check it out if you get the chance.

  16. Merf's Husband says:

    baby, I’m Unbreakable. B-]

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