Wednesday, February 8, 2023

2023 Nose Update

I wanted to update you all on my nose properly. I feel like I have sprinkled in my appointments and what not in a Friday Favorites post (which it isn't a favorite at all), but I wanted to get a full update on record. That way I can look back on my history. And if I can help anyone else out, then this is even better. 

I can't tell you how many emails and comments I get on those old posts. It is usually someone who is going through what I went through and they have questions. And since I did the same thing as they are doing, I am more than happy to help.

So basically, I had a Septorhinoplasty in August 2018. I had a severe deviated septum that needed to be fixed. I chose a plastic surgeon because I wanted someone who would worry about the look of my nose and the inner workings of my nose. It was BRUTAL, but worth it. I was able to breathe again and didn't gasp when I worked out.

This is what he did the first time..."My septum was so crooked in many places and I had a bone spur that was so big. This was the first big fix. It is the reason why I was not getting much oxygen through that side of the nose. He fixed my deviated septum, removed the bone spur, shaved my dorsal hump, broke my nose to straighten it out, put cartilage from the bridge of my nose outwards towards my sinuses, put cartilage in tip of my nose to build it up (I had nothing in my tip at all), put other cartilage around my nostrils to widen them a bit and ground up cartilage to put on the bridge of my nose so it wouldn't slope too much."

Everything was pretty great with my nose EXCEPT my nostrils collapsed in when breathing in. Mostly when I would sleep or work out. So I went back to my doctor and got that fixed in April 2019. This is what they did..."My right nostril is still collapsing in when I breathe in, where the bone spur was is now extra skin, the tip still has some deviation to it and now I have a hole through the septum. So he recommended surgery again. While he is fixing all of those things, he will fix the bridge to smooth it out since the cartilage didn't take very well there. He will have to take cartilage from either my ear or my rib since he used all of the remaining/extra last time." 

I was good to go with the structure of my nose, but not the sinuses. I was still getting sinus infections, so enter in my ENT. He performed a balloon sinuplasty, reduced my turbinates and put a septal button in. This was in September 2019

Everything has been fine since then other than some pretty bad sinus infections (after I had covid). Then in December, my septal button came out and all h*ll broke loose. Just kidding. But it felt like it. My nostrils were collapsing in again, my nose was whistling again, my sinus infection wouldn't go away, the inflammation was pretty bad and I wasn't sleeping well since I couldn't get enough air in. 

I saw two ENTs and my old plastic surgeon. After 2 months of appointments, we booked a surgery. What am I having done? Basically what I did the second surgery. Nasal collapse repair using cartilage from my other ear (my dominant ear), adding in cartilage on the tip of my nose again and shaving down a bump that is blocking my airway. So I get two surgeries in one meaning they have to do surgery on my ear and then my nose. 

I will not be getting the septal button replaced because the hole is closing on its own. I have been using an antibiotic ointment in my nose 2 to 3 times a day and it is healing the hole. I have new cell growth there and it has closed 20% in 2 months. So I have to continue to do it for 4 months and then we will reassess. So hopefully it closes on its own and I won't have to do anything else to my nose. 

When I got the news that my septal perforation was closing on its own in Nevada (it is dry here and isn't conducive to closing on its own), I about jumped out of my seat. Finally something going my way and not another surgery on that part in the future. I call that a big win!

I have surgery on Tuesday, February 14th. So if you could say a little prayer for me, that would be awesome. I hope to have a few posts ready for the two weeks I may not be around much. 

Any questions?

Monday, February 6, 2023

Amazon Prime Purchases - January

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I didn't buy much on Prime this month. The bulk of it was birthday gifts for my niece and party favors for the girls birthday party. So what did we buy?

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Glow in the Dark Stress Balls

I bought these for the girls party favor bags. The kids had so much fun with them. And fun fact, they stick to the ceiling or wall and roll down for hours of fun!

Kerastase Moisture Mask

I got this because it was on mega sale and I was out of my purple hair mask. Plus my hairstylist said the purple mask is too much on my extensions and would be better off using a different mask and purple shampoo.

Folex Carpet Cleaner

This is a repurchase for me. This stuff is amazing. I spray it on clothes, the carpet, chair cushions, etc. and it always gets everything out. Sometimes I spray and leave it and other times I use my fingers or a soft rag to get the stains out.

4 Foot Floor Puzzle

I got this for my niece. She is really into puzzles and this one was large and had amazing reviews.
Small Brush Teeth Cleaners

I grabbed these for Avery since she got her orthodontia expander put in. She has been getting food stuck in her expander and these help clean it out. Plus it is perfect for using between teeth when floss won't work.

Affresh Washing Machine Tabs

This is my fourth repurchase of this item. I love these for cleaning out my washing machine. And with my new washer, I am using them on the first of every month or after I wash my dogs items.

Tom's Kids Toothpaste

This is another repurchase. The girls love this toothpaste and I love that it comes in a three pack for the price of one to two tubes.

Bob's Red Mill Pancake Mix

This is our favorite packaged pancake mix. I have bought this many times from Amazon. I think it said six times. I can't find it in the store anymore, so I order it online. It is the best!

Mermaid Night Light Kit

This was another gift for my niece. She loves mermaids and she was able to make her own night light. It was a huge hit with her!

60 Pack Mochi Valentines

I bought these for the girls classes for Valentine's Day. They love mochi toys and these ones have 60 of them with a heart shaped container and a card. Such a good deal!

All in One Food Chopper and Slicer

I recently bought this to make my life easier for chopping veggies and slicing potatoes. I make a lot of soups and sweet potato nachos and I wanted a new slicer and chopper. This one comes with 8 attachments and gets amazing reviews. Plus it is an extra $5 off right now.

12 Pack of Chokers

My girls are obsessed with these chokers. They got one at a birthday party and wear them all the time. So I grabbed a 12 pack for their birthday party. And now all the girls wear them.

The Pink Stuff

Nadine recommended this a few months ago and I finally purchased it. I tried it on some smudges that just wouldn't come off and it wiped them right away. I really want to try it on my faucets to see if it removes the hard water.

And that's it for my Prime Purchases in January. What did you buy?