7.09.2007

Head, Shoulders...

Knees and toes
Knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders
Knees and toes
Knees and toes

I went to the ear, nose and throat specialist today and it is confirmed: the tonsils need to go. Not only that but I learned wonderful things about why I snore and how I can cure that lovely little flaw. I thought I would take this opportunity to educate you people. You can thank me later. First things first, though. Prior to going in I decided to be proactive and squeeze out a nice sampling of those tonsilloliths I was telling y'all about not too long ago. That way I had proof, ya know? Only this time they were accompanied by blood. Yucky. So I wrapped 'em up and put 'em in a sandwich baggie and off we went. Not only that, but I even printed a medical journal article to bring with me for further proof that I've done my research. Turns out my doctor didn't want to examine my specimen for long but her assistant did ask to keep my article. Always be prepared. Thanks, Girl Scouts.
So the doctor peeked around a bit and agreed that I was a great candidate for a tonsillectomy because of my chronic tonsillitis and its insistence that I miss work A LOT. Yippee! She then proceeded to tell me that this is an incredibly painful procedure for adults and that I should expect to lose up to ten pounds. It was like she was trying to discourage me and encourage me in the same sentence! The pain means nothing to me after 30 years of dealing with throat-related ailments. And basically, I can eat ice cream as a meal so I don't know who loses in this situation. I should be able to schedule my surgery in about a week!
Oh! And I nearly forgot about the snoring! I guess my nostrils are very narrow so when I breathe in through them, they collapse. Neat. The doctor suggested I purchase these things called Sinus Cones that will act as stints to keep my nostrils wide open while sleeping. How about that, huh? Not only are my nostrils thin and collapsable but it would appear as tough my left one is also obstructed by a large bone. Wow. Things I never knew. She also said that Flonase or other products like it will help with the congestion brought on by my allergies. I learned so much today. I hope you did, too.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Not sure a tonsillectomy sounds like fun, but I am curious about the sinus cones . . .