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I hope everyone is enjoying this heatwave!
Myself, I have been staying inside and cool. It has taken a few days to adapt to the new medical treatment my ENT prescribed. I have a question for you. Does anyone have a problem with getting water in their nose? You know like when swimming, or taking a shower? Yeah, me too!
Lets just say that the "treatment" is more like a torture. Flushing a bunch of water, saline and antibiotics up BOTH sides of my nose is, well. TORTURE. (Twice a DAY)
The good news is I am beginning to accept the process much better that I did. It is such a strange feeling and the residual smell is just delightful.
Tonight for the first time I was almost done and on the last bottle squeeze, it slipped. Effectively spraying my right eye. Luckily for me at the time it was very closed.
So this is the kit I received from the compounding pharmacy. It comes with the fun little bottle, and packets of saline solution powder. The compounding pharmacy sent the kit along with the RX antibiotics. That was handy for us and it was mailed promptly. The other item he didn't mention that I needed was distilled water. Luckily, we had some. Yup, we had a nebulizer for a rescue dog foster and we used it for her. You can purchase you own Medi Pot on Amazon. Just please remember that you MUST use DISTILLED water! There are horror stories about those who tempted fate and didn't. If interested you can find a true story HERE.
It all started in February of 2023, I was letting our biggest dog Stewart outside. To do this and not let our cat Monkey go into the bedroom, I had to quickly close the door to the bedroom after opening and closing the gate blocking the kitchen entrance. This all had to be done quickly. After I closed the door I turned to go out and hit my right temple on the wooden door frame. I was wearing my glasses and the frame pushed into my nose. I let out some choice words for sure. Fast forward and I started to get right eye pain, along with pain in the right side forehead. I went to my eye Dr's "Trauma" Dr. who said there was nothing wrong with the eye. Great news right? Well kinda. I was still in intense pain with no idea of how to alleviate it. Next I went to my primary Dr. he said that I probably had a concussion, and possible sinus swelling and he wrote a Rx for a CT scan.
I don't mind having scans, I have had quite a few in my life. The results showed, well, that I had so much opaque "stuff" in the area of my right sinus that they could not really tell if there was any damage.
On to my next Dr. and ENT. He did his examination and found a major bacterial infection. A sample was taken and sent off to the lab. Goodie. (not)
Next step, surgery to remove all of the infection and fix my broken nose. (This was news to me, I had no idea it was ever broken) So, after a dose of steroids and antibiotics, he examined me again, and ordered another CT scan prior to surgery. WHen this scan came back it showed the infection was very close to my brain. I was given more steroids and a "monster" antibiotic. After 10 days I had the surgery. May 2023
All went well with the surgery. MInor post surgical bleeding, nothing unusual. Life was good. THEN, on Father's Day I woke up at 6:30 AM. After using the bathroom I got into bed and it started. Drip, drip drip, I had a light blood presence. Tired and thinking it was a scab from surgery that finally came off I went back to sleep. 9:30 AM I woke up again, and realized I had more blood loss, when I got up it started flowing out of my nose, and down my throat. I told Catherine and off to the ER we went.
The took me right back which was good because the washcloth I had to catch the blood was covered.
After the usual niceties of information gathering, gauze was applied and a clip was put on my nose. Since I also had the leaking in my throat the clip didn't do much to stop the flow. I was then told that they would have to do the "most painful thing we do in the ER", they had to "pack" my nose. This was when the fun really started. When they realized this was not stopping my blood loss, a local ENT was called in to assist. He took the first "pack" out and replaced it with a larger one. I was still losing blood. Next I was given a medication to help clot the blood, and the removal of the second pack to be replaced with a better more inflatable one. I thought my right eye was going to explode! I was given Fentanyl, I was burning up from the clotting drug and my BP was rising.
It was finally decided that Emergency Surgery was the answer. I then coughed up a 2 towels full of blood and clots. By this time is was night, I was actually relieved, but concerned that I would drown in my own blood before they could stop it. The surgery went very well, but my BP was very high 200/90. I was placed in critical care until my vitals leveled out. There was talk of a transfusion to replace the blood I lost. I was borderline numbers and not keen on having one so I didn't.
I was discharged 3 days later, to bedrest while my body rebuilt the blood supply.
See my July 23 blog post for more.