Recording a rhinoplasty recovery
(The following is a dramatization.)
I went through rhinoplasty yesterday. This is the first time I’ve been able to write anything. I was unconscious for the procedure itself, and I needed my boyfriend to bring me home afterward. I’ve been pretty out of it. Rhinoplasty is serious surgery.
I haven’t had a drink or a cigarette in three weeks. I was hoping to be able to vape or use the patch, but they tell me nicotine in any form slows down the healing process by constricting the blood vessels. Drinking can cause excessive bleeding by inhibiting clotting. So can aspirin, ibuprofen, garlic and fish oil, so I’ve had to adjust my diet and suffer through a few headaches. So can vitamin E and herbal supplements, but I don’t take those, so that’s okay.
This is the part of the rhinoplasty that worries me. Anything that goes wrong for the next few weeks can ruin everything.
My nose is badly swollen. I have to fight the urge to touch it. Fortunately, I have some painkillers my surgeon recommended. I’m also taking antibiotics, just in case. I’m more or less living off fluids at this point.
There are complications I hadn’t really thought about. I have a closet full of sweaters I can’t wear because I can’t pull them over my face. I can’t wear my reading glasses. My boyfriend brought me one of those neck pillows they use on airplanes, so I can sleep in a chair.
The swelling hasn’t gotten any worse. I think the pillow might be helping. I can’t wait to see what my rhinoplasty looks like when I’m done. I managed to eat something today. It was instant mashed potatoes, but that’s something.
It’s a good thing I work from home. I’ve been stuck in my Charlotte, NC since the surgery. And there’s a new problem. My boyfriend called to see when he’s coming down with a cold…
(Continued next week.)
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