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July 23rd, 2007

the drinking thing @ 12:37 pm

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Saw the doc/surgeon today for my followup visit; he said that everything looks fine and dandy, yay. He talso ook the other artificial booger out of my nostril; guess it wasn't ziti after all.

In regards to the "liquids coming out my nose when drinking" thing: previously, I had giantonormous tonsils and a fully-working uvula; the uvula thus didn't need to go very far (or work very hard) in order to block off the nasal passages in the throat. Now that the tonsils are gone and the poor little grape has been sliced and sewn back together, I (effectively) need to re-learn how to swallow. Even over the past couple of days, I've noticed that it's gotten better; full "nominal" recovery time is expected to be about a month, where I get back 'minimal normal functionality' or something to that effect.

I also asked him about being able to speak French once my uvula is healed; he said that, yeah, give it a month. (This is extra-cool, because I couldn't speak French before, either.)



The doc in question is Jerome E Hester at the Facial Reconstructive Surgical and Medical Center in Palo Alto, in case any of y'all care.
 
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From:xeger
Date:July 23rd, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Is it dreadful that one of the first things that comes to mind is a gag reflex question?
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From:moof
Date:July 23rd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Hee! As it happens, I've never had much of a gag reflex anyway (even though it's utterly wasted on me); I'll have to see how it's changed, if at all, once things heal up.
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From:etoilenoir959
Date:July 23rd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Artificial booger? That sounds just gross.
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From:moof
Date:July 23rd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
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"Thin strip of colloidal gel material to keep the intranasal passages moist" doesn't roll off the tongue quite so easily.
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From:etoilenoir959
Date:July 23rd, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Touche ^_-
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From:lil_m_moses
Date:July 23rd, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
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I think it's a bit unfortunate that the spellings of uvula and vulva are so close (at least in terms of glancing at words/skimming text). Glad to hear you're healing up.
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From:moof
Date:July 23rd, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
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I think my life would be considerably more fun if I had a vulva dangling in the back of my throat.
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From:dragynsidhe
Date:July 24th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
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wow, that is awesome news!

i know, i know, you still have my mattress.

um, a lot has been happening. we should talk.
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From:athenakt
Date:July 26th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
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I also asked him about being able to speak French once my uvula is healed; he said that, yeah, give it a month. (This is extra-cool, because I couldn't speak French before, either.)

ROTF. Cool! Operational work and you get to speak a whole new language without lessons in just a month!
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From:moof
Date:July 26th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Hee. It's actually an ancient joke, except usually with 'arm' and 'piano'.
From:catamorphism
Date:August 16th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)

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Heh, I had the same surgery done by Dr. Hester, a year and a quarter ago. Sadly, it doesn't seem to have helped my sleep apnea at all (although I didn't get my deviated septum fixed, since my insurance wouldn't pay.)

Good luck!
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From:moof
Date:August 16th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)

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The deviated septum is actually the (at least, initially) most noticeable improvement - but I dunno how severe sleep apnea I have, if I do have it (which is probable.)
From:catamorphism
Date:August 16th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)

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That's interesting to know. I'll have to beat some insurance company into submission so I can get that done, someday. (CPAP never helped me since I can barely breathe through my nose when awake, so presumably I don't at all when I'm asleep...)
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From:moof
Date:August 16th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)

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That is/was exactly my situation, although I never even bothered with the CPAP - I could never breathe through my nose consistently, and thus mostly mouthbreathed when asleep.
From:catamorphism
Date:August 16th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)

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Mouthbreathers of the world unite :-D It's a very frustrating condition. I hope you get good results.

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