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I Didn’t Know Whether to Laugh or Cry

By Tuesday 19 December 2023January 7th, 2024Health

Sometimes in life, we don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I had one of these moments recently.

I woke up in the morning to go to my private appointment with an Ear, Nose & Throat Surgical Consultant. I didn’t feel at all well. The left side of my face (under my eye) had started to swell and my nose was fully congested to the point I couldn’t breathe through it at all.

But I had an appointment to go to. So off I went, my face continuing to swell and my left eye constantly tearing due to the pressure.

In the Consultant’s office, I explained my medical history, symptoms and prescribed medications. The Consultant looked up my nose and then delivered the news that would make want to laugh or cry.

I had a severe sinus/nasal infection. The Consultant said there was both dried and fresh blood, mucus and swelling up my nose. The Consultant said that he couldn’t remove my nasal polyps at the moment. This was because he would be unable to get the camera up my nose to see or remove the polyps due to the swelling and congestion.

The course of treatment: Doxycycline (antibiotic type number 9 for 2023, see 2023 – The Year of Antibiotics), Prednisolone and x2 Nasal Sprays for 6 weeks. Then for a review to see if my nose has improved, so the polyp surgery then can be arranged.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. But I will always, were possible, choose to laugh. So I telephoned family and friends and told them that they wouldn’t be getting a polyp with googly eyes and a sparkly wig for Christmas.

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