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Re: OT: Not exactly good news...need advice

No one has mentioned planning to keep your head somewhat elevated after the surgery. If you can, sleep with your head & shoulders on an extra pillow or 2. Surgery disrupts normal circulation and you can get swelling in that body part. Since this is your nose, I'd expect puffy eyes, stuffy sinus sensation. Drink lots of fluid (nonalcoholic) & don't lie flat for very long (less than 15 minutes can increase swelling). Not the time to bend over looking for things on low shelves, either. Less swelling means less pain too.
If you're not used to pain pills, expect fuzzy thinking for several days, 'til your body adjusts. If you smoke, now might be a good time to quit. Nicotine constricts peripheral (toes, fingers, nose) blood vessels & slows healing a bit.
Can't think of anything else. If Melody weren't so busy she might have some input here too. Any other nurses in the group?
In a way , it's nice this is routine for your surgeon. Means (s)he's had a lot of experience. Knows what to do & how, and maybe more important, what not to do.
Good wishes & prayers from Idaho, too.
Judy B
----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSR" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 8:13 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT: Not exactly good news...need advice

Wow, thanks for all the good responses and the good wishes! I feel much more
reassured now because the doctor did actually go over with me many of the
things you guys mentioned. I have the rest written down so I can call them
and ask. My surgery is scheduled for a few days after Thanksgiving.
When I was a teenager I spent most of my summers on the beach. If they had
sunscreen back then I don't remember it; we brought our bottles of
guaranteed dark tanning lotion or just a bar of cocoa butter. So being
fair-skinned and remembering all that I have been expecting this to happen.
It isn't a shock that I have it, but I never thought I'd need real surgery.
That's the part that's got me in a tizzy.
Kitty, you asked if removal is necessary - if you should get one you do not
want to leave it alone. They say death is rare but it will continue to grow
and cause disfigurement or even nerve damage.
Rats - now I suppose I'll have to wear a hat out gardening. I hate that,
they're too hot. No help for it though.


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