I’m feeling great. The only difficult part appears to have been the first 10 days. Most of that was due to the unexpected bleeding. I would have probably been feeling pretty good about a week out if that hadn’t happened. All in all, I would say that the whole experience wasn’t nearly as bad as I was anticipating.
The surgery appears to have been a resounding success. I can breath better than I ever could before. As Dr. Dawson promised, my turbinates were a bit swollen at first, but they have shrunk down. I can breath better now than I could even with judicious snorting of Afrin before. I was worried a couple times, but it always turned out to be a clot or temporary irritation due to blowing my nose too hard.
I’m still seeing a little blood when I gently blow my nose. Every day there is a little less. I’m no longer coughing up things that look like they came out of a horror movie. That’s probably for the best. Emily was getting sick of me saying, “hey babe, wanna see something really gross?” TMI…
In my 3-week post op yesterday, Dr. Dawson said I could go back to normal activities. He just suggested taking it easy for a while. No neti pot yet.
An unintended consequence of the surgery is that my neck and back feel a lot better. I was doing a lot of stomach sleeping presumably because that was when breathing was easiest. I can now sleep on my back (WITHOUT SNORING!) or my side comfortably.
My advice to anybody contemplating this surgery: do it. Breathing at night is well worth a week of moderate discomfort. Next checkin with the doctor is in another 3 weeks.