So, I've survived the dread sinus surgery and am now dreaming of things that I hope I'll be able to smell sometime soon, once the bleeding stops and the swelling goes down (what delightful images!)
The surgery actually went well although the surgeon told me later that it turned to be a bit more involved than she had first expected. Fortunately, I was utterly unconscious throughout, thanks to the general anaesthetic she used. Unfortunately, the surgeon, for some inexplicable reason, needed to insert numerous scopes and laser cutting tools far, far, far up my nose BEFORE they put me under. That bit hurt.
But I haven't felt any pain since (thank God, I have a very high pain threshold. My appendix ruptured several years ago and I didn't quite figure out what had happened until it blew and the pain suddenly stopped. I didn't think the pain had been all that bad, so only after it stopped hurting did I realize that something very serious must have happened. Which made for a long recovery.)
Now at home, post-sinus-surgery, I'm feeling remarkably weak and woozy. That, I suppose, is the result of the general anaesthetic, which does seem to knock the wind out of me. I did some housecleaning today and read the New York Times and now, I just want to lay on the couch (with a towel on the cushion where I'll rest my nose) and watch frivolous movies.
But soon, I hope, very soon, I'll regain my sense of smell. Then, I'll run through the house, ripping open every package of SMN cream I've purchased, every soap, and finally, my 25-year-old bottle of balsamic vinegar -- just for the sheer joy of smelling and tasting. Being able to breath will also be a bonus!
Thanks again so much to everyone for your kind wishes.