My little victories were short lived.
I woke up Monday morning with a severe migraine. Thankfully, my mother-in-law was at the house watching the kids and keeping them busy so I could rest. I slept until 3pm and when I got up, the migraine was still kickin’.
Along with the migraine, my nose had been bothering me. It was extremely swollen on the inside and I lost my sense of smell and taste again. Though I did enjoy them while they lasted.
I went to bed that evening fully expecting the migraine to be gone when I woke up but it definitely was not. So I ended up at the doctor’s office because, by Tuesday morning, I was dizzy and short of breath- still with the headache and sinus pressure. If I didn’t move, my head was fine. But any standing, sitting, or quick turning of the head made me lose vision and feel sick. They gave me some fluids because I was dehydrated and a hip/ butt shot of something to help with the headache and inflammation.
I left the office feeling better and went to work thinking we took care of the problem and that I just needed to increase my water intake. Wednesday came around and I thought I had a rebound headache from the I injection but then woke up Thursday with the full blown shit show- severe headache, pain in the face and sinuses, swelling. I went to work but quickly left and went to urgent care where I was given fluids and a pain med again. Same deal as Tuesday.
Apparently I have been holding in a lot of emotions- I mean, I rarely cry so not too surprising I guess- and I just lost it in urgent care. I could not stop crying. The one benefit of looking like a crazy lady was that the nurse put me in a room super fast. While I was sobbing, the nurse called the Head and Neck Department and got me in for an appointment later that day.
At the Head and Neck dept, I had a couple of docs taking a look into my super swollen nose. Short story- I had an extensive surgery and should have taken more time off to heal. My swelling looks to be a bit more severe than someone else in this situation and all of this is most likely causing these awful headaches. The docs then performed the adult equivalent of the baby Nose Frida- if you don’t have kids, they suctioned a ton of mucus, blood, and left over dissolvable packing out my nose. (Text me if you want to see a picture 😜) And I was prescribed steroids.
I now realize that I need to take some serious time to heal so that I can be a functioning part of my home and society. So I will not be teaching yoga for the next couple of weeks and am not extending myself further than I know is ok for me right now.
Throughout all of this, it has been hard to find the positive. I feel like complete shit and would prefer to sleep until this is all over and I feel good again. But that’s not possible. So in order to not be a complete dick, I will practice what I preach.
The positives I have experienced this last week: At least my teeth still do not hurt like they did before surgery. I have a husband who takes on way more than his share to keep our home functioning smoothly. A mother-in-law who provides so much help and support with our two crazy kids. Employers who truly care about my health and well-being and who do not get upset when I need time off to recover and instead, they help me along the way to take the load off. And family and friends who listen to me bitch about feeling like shit and look at my nose suctioning pictures without complaint.
Fingers crossed that my next post has good news to report. 🤞🏻