Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Finally, some answers
I went in for my CT scan results yesterday. I didn't spend the last month obsessing over the fact that maybe a cyst, tumor or cancer could be in there but once I got the scan done Friday, as they say, sh!t got real, yo. I began freaking out, babbling a lot of 'what if's' and in general making the Mr earn his vow recital of "for worse." Saturday, I woke up with a headache from all of the face scrunching I did the day before and I was just sad in general. The Mr was clueless as to how to help me and honestly, I didn't know how he could have but having company was a good distraction. Sunday we went to 8 zillion grocery stores but we had so many a-holes at each one of them, my stress was building up again, the Mr was getting grumpy (not that I blame him) and by the time we got home, I just wanted to kind of roll my head around and loosen the kink in my neck. After our workout, I was stretching my neck and I felt a 'release' and thought I'd feel better. Instead it just released a load of tension migraine type symptoms on me and my whole left side of my neck, head, eye and of course, sinus felt like crap. I didn't really want to take anything if I could help it so I went to bed (the night before the CT scan results) trying to relax my shoulders and body to make it go away. I finally couldn't take it come 4am and got some ibuprofen and it subsided an hour later but I could still feel it in the background and my left sinus felt stuffy. When the Mr got up at 6:10am to shower, I finally felt like I was falling asleep and got in about 20 minutes before it was time for my shower. Sigh.
The wait for the doctor to finally come in was gut churning. I studied quite a few normal CT scan results online to know what I was looking at before he even said anything if he was going to stutter about it. I could hear him coming down the hall and he came in along with his resident. I have to say, my gut sank further because that resident wasn't there the day he did my nasal endoscopy, which by the way is considered "outpatient surgery" according to insurance and we got charged almost $900, it was negotiated down to $700 and we get to pay half of that. Yay. Anyhoo, I thought "oh great, is this the guy they bring in when they have bad news to deliver?"
The world is a wonderful place, God is good and I am one grateful lady. Thankfully he spit it out pretty quickly that it was clear. Other than my slightly deviated septum (which 80% of us have and don't know it), my scan looked like the picture of perfect nasal health even if it was steroid spray induced at the time. I requested a copy of the scan and they called the imaging center and said it would be ready for me to pick up. If they were billing my insurance for $1600 for it plus other fees, I'm getting a copy. Plus if I end up going to an allergist if switching my detergent doesn't calm things down, then I want a copy to show the other ENT so he doesn't try to order one.
I do wish I felt physically better right afterward. I think the lack of sleep, swelling from the tension headache and stuff just totally put my left side through it. I took some Excedrin migraine to help kick it to the curb and took a little nap. I think my sinuses were trying to equal out a bit after the headache finally went away by switching stuffiness from one side to the other. We took a nice walk in the park for our workout which seemed to help for a bit and I kept drinking my water all day to help keep my sinuses hydrated. I prayed like crazy that yesterday's nasal fullness on that side was just due to that tension headache and not my body rebounding from not being on steroid spray any more. This is three months I'd like to put behind me and finally be over it.
For those of you who think I should just go back on the steroid nasal spray because of the stuffiness, I will be sharing some very important things I learned over the past two weeks so that those of you suffering with nasal issues will have more information to make educated decisions where your health is concerned. I have basically come out of this with a general mistrust of the medical field. I know that if I just blindly followed every word the doctors told me, I would probably be in serious jeopardy or be going down a path that could even lead to the unthinkable. My eyes have been opened even if it takes a little longer for my sinuses to heal on their own using my immune system to stay healthy, I'll gladly wait it out.
Have you ever had a CT scan? How did you handle the wait?
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