Saturday, November 13

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 24

Something You've Learned

I learned something very important this week. As I have mentioned before, I have a messed up nose. It has never really worked as it should, I am always congested, and I constantly have "sneeze attacks," where I sneeze anywhere from 5 to 40 times. I kid you not. It's miserable. It happens a lot when I am in the shower, when I swim, or when I wash my face, so I have always just said that I am allergic to water...it's just an easier explanation.

 I had surgery last December to fix a slightly deviated septum, which the ENT said might be the cause of all my nasal problems. He was also supposed to reduce my turbinates, which were enlarged. In the past year, my symptoms have gotten even worse, and everyone is sick of my sneezing, especially Pep.

So I made an appointment with a different ENT, who actually performed my Pawpaw's surgery a few months ago. I knew that if anyone could figure out what was wrong with me, it was Dr. Parks. I went on Tuesday and told him all of the symptoms, and he instantly knew what I had!

Vasomotor Rhinitis.

Doesn't that sound terrible? That's because it is. But I was SO RELIEVED to finally know what was wrong with me. Sadly, there is no cure for it, but he gave me a nasal spray that might help. He also looked in my nose and told me that I have a severely deviated septum, and that my turbinates were huge. Yes, the surgery that I had less than a year ago did the total opposite of what was supposed to happen. I went in with a slightly deviated septum, and now it's severely deviated. So my first reaction was..."Can I sue him!?" But apparently I signed stuff saying I couldn't. Dang it. I want my money back!!

So anyways, I am having surgery December 23rd (yay!) that will hopefully allow me to breathe much better. I'm a little sad about the fact that I will be heavily drugged on Christmas, but at least I'll be able to breathe!

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