Archive for February, 2007

Post-Op Check-up

4 Weeks after the Transsphenoidal Surgery I had a check-up appointment with my new Endocrinologist Dr Christopher Gilfillan to see if  everything  was  healing ok.  My nose is still swollen and sore but its to be expected. No scars as the incisions were made inside my nasal cavity.  A slight bruise still present underneath my right eye but that will disappear eventually. I still need to take it easy and be cautious of any dust or pollen going into my nose as this could cause an infection. I’m still getting phantom smells (Recognizing smells that are not actually present) as I still have no sense of smell returning as yet. Another check-up to be scheduled in a few months after a bloodtest and an MRI to see if the hormones are back to functioning normal and see how the pituitary is looking after  Transsphenoidal Surgery.
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Post-Op Recovery

The next few weeks of my recovery I spent at my parents, at home and with other family as I couldn’t spend time by myself as I was not steady on my feet enough. I needed assistance with showering, getting changed, and just general support for someone to talk to as this was quite traumatic for me. I had to make sure my head was always straight, and  make sure I covered up my nose from any dust, or spurs in the air as I couldn’t sneeze. I was a little dizzy at time so I needed someone to help me in case I fell over and hurt my nose. I also had a bit of back pain which made it quite uncomfortable to sit still and rest, which I needed to do some exercises and possible physiotherapy eventually.
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My 25th Birthday

After a few days resting at my parents house, I was very grateful  having many family and friends coming to visit me while in hospital that I wanted to thank everyone. It was also my 25th birthday and what a better way to celebrate my successful surgery, and thank everyone for all their support,  was by having a joint celebratory lunch with everyone on the weekend.
I discussed this idea with my Mum and my sister and they helped me design some invitations to post out. This lunch was a great idea to help with my recovery. Everyone invited said yes :-)
Mum helped me find a nice summery outfit to wear and Jeremy help me freshen up and get ready for my party.  It was lovely lunch at the Tanti Hotel in Mornington with my family and friends. We had a really nice meal with great company. A few photos were taken and a speech to thank everyone for attended and hop appreciative I was for all the love and support from my friends and family who have been by my side throughout this entire journey.We finished the afternoon off with some cake and thoughtful gifts from everyone. A great 25th Birthday!
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Recovery

I lay in the hospital bed for a few days with my Mum and Jeremy taking it in turns to be at my bedside as I didn’t want to be alone. I felt so tired, sore and unhappy. I remember asking for many pain relief medication as my whole face was quite painful. The regular blood test were quite painful and having a fear of needles made the process even worse for me and for the nurse taking my blood. I had regular visitors coming and going which lifted my spirits. I was quite relieved when the doctor came in to check on me 2 days after the Transsphenoidal Surgery and said I would be getting the tape removed off my nose and i’ll be going home the next day. A few hours later a nurse came to remove the tape and to reveal a very swollen nose with a slight bruise underneath my right eye. The remaining padding in my nose will be removed in a few days. I am quite looking forward to this. It’s quite uncomfortable but glad to at least have the tape off my nose.
For the rest of the afternoon and evening I spent relaxing with my Mum and Jeremy with a few visitors dropping in. I was a little emotional at night because I was giving my Mum and Jeremy a rest and spent my last night in hospital by myself. After a restless sleep, waking up to the nurses with pain relief medicine, I couldn’t wait to be going home late morning. I gathered all my stuff together, freshened up and waited for my Mum to pick me up.
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