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Went to see the nasal surgeon, Dr. Palmer, and he yanked out the rest of the spacers in my nose. I am a bit of a wuss about these things and I find I do better if people yak their heads off while they are doing things that hurt me. So, I heard about my Irish Nurse Practitioner's life in Seattle and Dr. Palmer's adventures in getting his eyebrows plucked! It went much better than last time and I didn't feel too much pain.
Right now, my schnozz is a bit sensitive but otherwise OK. I am doing my nasal rinses to get out all the guck from the surgery. I am a bit exhausted from the whole surgery and have been creeping and crawling trying to get back my old life. Other than a low energy level, I am OK.
I think my dentist will be happy that my sinuses are clear. I will be going back to my old dentist in February when we change dental insurances. Apparently, I have been a mouth breather (maybe in more ways than one!) and being a mouth breather leads to chronic gingivitis and malocclusion (poorly aligned teeth) which I have.
My tinnitus has been fluctuating on and off. I had a nice low period with no tinnitus while I was taking the pain killer. Unfortunately, once I was off painkillers, it has come back.
I will go see Dr. Doty at the Taste & Smell Clinic in January to find out more about my sense of smell.
I am taking nice big gulps of air through my nose. It's nice to breathe
now. I am finding that I am hearing much better and that I am starting
to have more depth perception in my vision. There is no fluid in my ears
now. Dr. Palmer doesn't think there is a known correlation between the
sinus surgery and vision but I can truly say that my vision seems to
have improved since surgery.
Alternate Breathing (or, the yoga technique, Nadisudhi Pranayama) through the nose is getting a bit of attention in the medical journals. I did a quick scan of Pubmed and have been finding a number of studies claiming a variety of benefits including spatial reasoning, grip strength, relief from anxiety and depression, etc. I will be writing more on this later.