I'm also scared. It had started to look as if sinus surgery wasn't going to happen; none of the parties involved wanted to talk about how much it was going to cost and the hospital was pushing me to get registered. I don't like being chivvied along and I certainly wasn't going to write a blank check.
The HR person at work finally got me in touch with the right department of our health insurance carrier and they ran through the worst-case numbers. It would hurt if it goes that high, but it's within what I could manage and my deductible has already been passed this year (and will be higher in 2018). So now-- next week, actually -- is the time. They tell me I should be well-recovered by Christmas and back at work a day or two later.
Now the trepidation. The ENT will be straightening out my septum and clearing out the ethmoid (between the eyes), sphenoid (behind the eyes) and left maxillary sinuses. The very last is the one kind of behind the cheekbone, where I have had so much trouble. It seems pretty invasive and there's a lot of hardware that I depend on in that area.
The flip side is that I wake myself up, snorking, when I fall asleep. My nose is usually stopped up, or only running on one cylinder. It squeaks in a strange way after I blow my nose and changes in air pressure are quite unpleasant. My chronic headaches aren't getting any better. This needs to be fixed. I've been using the neti pot daily and it helps a little -- and suggests that repairs would be a definite improvement.
Family Christmas first (this weekend!), and we're up to a full softball team of nieces and nephews. I've got a stack of Dr. Seuss books to match up with the largest group, gift cards for the two oldest, and I need to check the supply of plush critters against the very youngest to see if they're all paired up.
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