Friday, September 21, 2007


I am in pain. Not just, "Oh, I don't feel well" pain, but the excruciating, vicodin-doesn't-help pain that comes with surgery.

On Monday I had some much needed surgery: my tonsils were removed, tubes were inserted into my ears, my uvula was removed (little hanging thing in the back of the throat), and I had turbinate restructuring. This article explains the turbinate thing pretty well.

My ears have been plugged for over a year, which was caused by an inflammation in my eustacian tubes. The tubes in the ears are to correct this, and appear to have already worked.

I get strep throat/tonsillitis on a regular basis, so that's why my tonsils were removed.

The other two procedures were the most necessary for me, to help me sleep better. I cannot recall a day in my life when I haven't been tired, regardless of how much sleep I've had. My doctor sent me for a sleep test last month, where it was determined that I have mild sleep apnea (which is a condition where you actually stop breathing many times during the night!) My doctor figures my body hasn't been completely rested in years, and he predicts that I'll add about two hours of productivity to my day!

If you've ever had strep throat, this feels like strep x 10. The fact that it takes me an hour to eat a popsicle or a bowl of pudding doesn't help! I sit, miserable, but trying to reassure myself that in about 10 more days, it will all have been worth it!


Madelyne said...

Oh, poor you.

Hope you feel better soon.

Carole D. said...

Ciao Kathy,

I'm so sorry about what you've had to go thru. But, at least there's remedy and I wish you a speedy recovery.
Send me an email when you feel up to it.
How's your Italian classese going?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Poverina! get well soon.


jessica said...

sorry for your pain.
get better. just think you will sleep better.
hugs to you,

Farfallina said...

Ouch! How is your pain lately? I hope you are feeling better by now and that the procedures made a good difference in your life!

Keep us posted...

sognatrice said...

Poverina is right! Hope you get to feeling better soon...think Positano thoughts...hee hee....

Kathy said...

Thank you all SO MUCH for your well wishes!

I'm not back to normal yet, but I'm so much better already. It still hurts, but the pain is quite tolerable.

Two added bonuses:
1. I've lost 10.5 pounds! (yes, I know the majority of it will be back once I'm eating normally again, but I'm hoping to keep at least 2-3 pounds off for good)
2. My husband says I'm sleeping better already!