Monday, March 16, 2009

Wrinkles, anyone?

Well it is officially March 16th here in Ohio. Why do I mention that? Well, in about 10 hours, I'm going to be having surgery for my nose & sinuses. I believe I've had trouble breathing for 40 years. I finally got sick three weekends ago at the Guilded Lily Retreat in Hocking Hills, and it was the push that I guess I needed to make me finally go to a specialist for my chronic sinus infections. Imagine my surprise when he told me I need surgery & got the appointment within 10 days. I guess I'm still a little in shock that I'm finally going to get my sinuses worked on. The ENT, Dr. Spies told me that this chronic infection is probably one of my Asthma triggers, and the Vertigo I experienced back in Feb was caused by press on my ear. He told me I'll feel so much better once it is over. I know I will. Everyone I've known who has had it done (including my husband) has told me it made a big difference in their lives. My youngest brother told me it is hard to explain to someone like myself who has never breathed well through my nose to know what I've been missing. Besides the breathing issues, I have a very bad sense of smell. It has to be very strong for me to notice, AND now my sense of taste is going. I can taste heavily spiced items & some sugar, but it all is texture anymore. So, I'm looking forward to smelling and tasting again once I've healed. Now, along with all the positive support, I've gotten people telling me their horror stories. One gal told me she threw up blood & had to go into the hospital for a week. Another told me he couldn't smell anything any more. And for every positive story, there is a negative one too. I'm not going to lie. I dread this morning. I really do!

Well, because the surgeon has gotten me into the operating room in what seems to me a record time, I've had to hussel in getting all the pre-Admission work done. Friday afternoon with only 4 hours of sleep, I had to go to get a Pulmonary Function Test (you'd think with Asthma I'd have had this before, but nope), and an EKG. I asked in the Doctor's office why did I have to get these two test done as I'd never had anything like this required for procedures before. The tech quietly told me it was because I was 55. I asked, what that had to do with anything as I only had Asthma, and he said that I now was a SENIOR! WHAT!!!!!! SENIOR!!!!!! Then when I was getting my EKG done, the young Asian girl told me that her birthday was the same as mine, but different year. She asked me how old was 1954 people & I told her I was 55. Then she said....wait for it..."You don't look so bad to be so OLD!!!!" NOW I'M A SENIOR & OLD TO BOOT! What a nice day I had. NOT! I came home & told Chris & he said, "Well, you have been ordering off the Senior menu at Bob Evans for awhile." Only because I wanted the smaller portions. So am I really OLD? Am I really a SENIOR? Don't feel like it, but hey! Ask me that question in about 10 hours.

Well, I'm going to drag this worn out "old" carcass to bed so I'll be able to answer more insulting remarks in the pre-op. Can't Wait!!!!



Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Aw, come on!! Let em call you what they want! Don't you remember when Maybelline came out with foundation for skin "over 26"? Man, I do! My reaction is still a joke my husband LOVES to tell! 57 and Noxema has made me look like a million bucks. O ya, Miss Clairol is my BFF!

Glad you're getting your sinuses fixed. A person should be able to breathe properly, no matter how young you are.

Lynn said...

Good luck Dot! I'm sure any discomfort you will have after surgery will be so worth it!

Diana said...

I think people tell their horror stories to make themselves important...sad, if that's the most exciting thing in their lives. You'll be just fine, and you'll be thrilled with the difference.

Denise said...

good luck!! Oh wait till you breathe and smell and taste! Now you can create bead art that appeals to all the senses.
Cheers, Denise

flyingbeader said...

Thank you so much. It really wasn't as bad as I thought. One good thing is that my Doctor used a gel which he told my DH would slowly melt away. So no stints! That was what I was worried about. Surgery went well, but I just couldn't wake up. I slept 5 hours after the surgery!

My face is swollen today. PRETTY, but I CAN SMELL already!!!! yeah

abeadlady said...

Dot, I'll be 66 in a couple of weeks and I still refuse to grow up. Look at it this way, at least you can get all the senior discounts. Not a bad thing, when you think about it.
Glad the surgery went well. Having suffered from bad sinuses all my life, I can empathize with you.

Camilla La Mer-Soul Art Dolls said...

Dot-I am just catching up on my blogs following my surgery. So sorry to hear about yours. I had my nose rebuilt after an accident a number of years ago...My Standard Poodle broke it by accident when he leaped across a tall rock formation in my yard...I so feel for you. The surgery was a quicker recovery than my hysterectomy but far more painful in the first week! Take care! I am sure the benefits will be worth it...xo Camilla