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

I am, but the specialties are OB-GYN and Administration! However,  
I've been reading all the responses, and all have been right on...  
can't think of a thing to add!

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Nov 10, 2005, at 11:30 PM, Judy Browning wrote:

> 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

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