Hi. First thanks to all who shared on this forum- it's a gold mine, and made the whole experience so much better.
I have always had a deviated septum, allergies, migraines etc. and a history of some severe concussions. The last year, with age and weight gain, I was having lots of concentration problems, affecting my work. I made an appt to have my thyroid and hormones checked, thinking ADHD or pre-menopause or something. A month ago, a horse broke my nose, and I finally saw an ENT. I was so surprised that he wanted a sleep study for a broken nose! But (surprise!) I have sleep apnea, AHI of 11.4, but desaturation of 87% and zero stage 4 sleep. He took one look at my nose and said septoplasty would help a lot. I guess it is extremely dependent on the geometry of your nose, but in my case he had no doubt. So I had septoplasty and turbinate reduction last Thursday. I had demerol, then percocet, then tylenol three; the last one was a half pill yesterday afternoon. Plus steroids and antibiotics.
Today is Monday, day 4, and I feel like I slept! It's such a marvelous feeling - instead of dragging myself between chores, I keep thinking about a book I wanted to write years ago. I feel creative again! Wow. My body is still weak from the surgery (plus I have overreactions to drugs) but my mind is so much better already. Absolutely amazing.
The experience was as described - the day after, I could barely reach for a sip of water. The post-operative constipation hit me like a truck yesterday. I kept ice on my head for quite a bit. The breathing improvement is sporadic at first because of swelling and "goo," but there are moments when your sniffling pulls air differently, and you wonder. There are splints in there, but I try not to think about them.
I used the Neilmed squirt bottle for nasal irrigation because tipping your head for a neti pot doesn't work very well. I put my weight on my arms on the counter, and got my husband to talk me through it with my eyes closed. Otherwise the goo that comes out was too overwhelming.
I just wanted to share that wonderful feeling of waking up thinking what shall I do today? instead of OMG, guess I have to get up again. It came back. I'm me again. Alleluia!