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I'm up for polypectomy/endoscopic sinus surgery on June 25 to remove a nasal polyp that has been causing much discomfort lately.
According to MayoClinic.com, nasal polyps are "soft, noncancerous (benign) growths that develop on the lining of your nose or sinuses".
The surgery will remove the polyp I have in my nose, which a CT scan showed was originating from my right paranasal sinus. A simple AAAH will show you that the polyp has already extended into my nasopharynx (upper part of the throat behind the nose). Yak ba? Hehe, sorry :D
It has probably been around for quite some time, but I only actually saw it in mid-May, and it seems to be getting bigger still. It's keeping my right nostril consistently congested, and its extension into my throat makes me snore so horribly - it's embarassing and burdensome and quite scary too. People who have seen me sleep have definitely HEARD me sleep (right FB folks?) :P
The surgery will be performed through the nose using an endoscope instead of through an incision above my gums. Thank God I won't get cut up! Though they'd be sticking stuff in my nose :P
This'll be my first ever operation - my first time to be anaesthetized! This won't be my first major hospitalization, though. Just last year (July 2006), I was confined for about a week because of dengue.
So yeah, I'll be missing school again for quite some time - two weeks to be exact, similar to my leave last year. But at least this year I'm missing out on Ecology (last year it was Evolution, which I'd hate to miss again this year). I haven't told my students yet as my co-teachers and I are still fixing up the skeds. Surprise nalang sino yung mga magsusub sa akin hehehe.
I'm quite excited to be undergoing something major. I'm a bit worried, though, because based on what I've read on the net about nasal polyps, there seems to be a chance of the polyp growing back :( Besides having to go through the discomfort again, hospitalization (especially with surgery!) is VERY costly. It doesn't help that I don't have medical insurance - a necessity, yes I know, but it's a long story why I don't have one yet.
What I'm really looking forward to after all this is the capacity to breathe again freely. And to sleep soundly (soundlessly?). And not to be ngongo when I deliver my lectures in school :P