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Five days post surgery

Well, everyone was right...

This week has been pretty miserable. I will never take my nose for granted again! You don't realize how much your nasal passage does for your well-being until you're unable to use it anymore. For instance, I didn't know it was going to be so impossible to swallow. Every time I try to swallow, my ears pop, and whatever I'm swallowing often gets stuck. I have also slept like I have sleep apnea. Because I can only breathe through my mouth, I'll sometimes stop breathing in the middle of the night, only to gasp for air seconds later. My mouth and throat have never felt this dry. I wake up in pretty intense pain, needing water to heal my cracked, dry mouth. I obviously can't smell food, so nothing sounds appetizing. However, without food in my stomach, I feel incredibly nauseous because the IVs I'm on are heavy duty medicines that need substance in the stomach. It's kind of a vicious cycle. I am going to be so happy when the doctor takes out the packing in my nose tomorrow. Living might become a little bit easier!

A nose is just a small part of the body, but oh, is it useful! Never, never, never take it for granted, my friends. It does more for you than you know.

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