I’m feeling much better today. This is why I blog. Because there are so many great people out there to offer ideas when you need them. Thanks for the great advice. Both yesterday and today I made a list of everything that needed to be done. I even wrote down ‘eat breakfast’ because I often forget and end up eating breakfast around 11:30am. I get a little giddy when I get to cross something of the list. I throw my self a little yeah-I-ate-breakfast or hooray-I-called-so-and-so party every time I scratch something off.
Yesterday I finally had a follow-up appointment with my ENT. This was after I had to reschedule [for weather] once and he rescheduled twice. I was beginning to think he didn’t care that I might have brain fluid dripping out my nose.
But it turns out it’s not brain fluid [at least he's pretty sure it's not brain fluid]. He took a little gander up my nose. Nothing says fun like having a man stick a long rubber tube up your nose so he can a look at parts of your nose that I don’t believe were meant to be seen by the human eye.
When he was done examining the my nose up to my eyeballs, we discussed my allergy tests. The ones that say I’m allergic to absolutely nothing. He said he really, really wanted to blame my sinus issues on allergies, but he can’t. So that was comforting. *cough sarcasm cough*
Then he made me have a CT scan. Oh how I love CT scans. They are rank high on the “good times” list, just below broken toes and root canal.
My last CT scan was in 2003. Back then I had to lay down and have the big machine circle my head. But this time they got a new machine and I got to sit up in a chair. I prefer the laying down. At least then you’re already on your back so you don’t have to worry about sliding out of your chair and smacking your head on the foot rest when you pass out. I tend to get claustrophobic so as the machine was spinning around my head I could feel my anxiety increasing. I believe I starting sweating and then shaking and then I went black. Ok, so I didn’t actually pass out because the whole test was only about 45 seconds, but I was on the verge of hyperventilating.
My CT scan revealed that, although my sinus cavities in my cheeks are very open [since I had surgery in 2003], they have a very thick lining of mucus [yummy]. And the sinus cavity in my forehead is around 2/3 full of icky matter. I know. You’re jealous.
This explains why I’ve been getting a lot of headaches recently. And this yummy mucus matter is what’s draining out of my nose. Doesn’t that just make you wish you were me? No?
My ENT doesn’t really want to go in there and clean it all out…yet. Instead he put me on [a very expensive because I have the worst insurance ever -- yeah, I'm talking to you UHC...you heard me] antibiotic for a month. And I get to enjoy five days with my good friend Prednisone. There goes my idea of getting more sleep.
And I go back in a month for another CT scan. I can hardly wait. In fact I’m getting a little light headed just thinking about it. But at least it’s not an MRI. [Look at me always looking at the positive.]