This has been a rough week, to say the least. Last Tuesday, I had a nasal cauterization, mini-surgery type thing. I kept getting nosebleeds and headaches, so I originally went to a regular doctor, then to a neurologist, then finally to the ENT, where I had the procedure done.
Let me just say, nasal cauterization sucks quite a bit. Firstly, it was terrifying to be in that chair with this giant stick up my nose, then I had three shots done all up in there, then I had (basically) a giant vein in my nose singed off. SO GROSS. I got so queasy and dizzy afterwards, they had to seat me in another room; I really thought I was going to hurl all over the place actually…
A couple of days later, it was still really painful, like extremely painful, but I got so caught up at work trying to prepare for this giant annual meeting my company hosts, that I didn’t have time to call the doctor until I got off work. Unfortunately, their office closed at 4:30, and I missed it. I decided, a couple hours later, that I needed to get to Urgent Care.
Well, its a good thing I trusted my gut, because I had a fever and was developing an infection. The worst thoughts came into my mind, and when the doctor mentioned she didn’t want sepsis to creep in, even worse thoughts appeared. This was totally going to turn into an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, they were going to have to chop my nose off, and then I was going to die.
I was a little stressed.
Urgent Care prescribed antibiotics, but all Saturday and Sunday I was so nervous, on the verge of going into the ER. I called all my nurse friends, called the hospital, called my parents, everyone. My parents talked me down, eventually, but I was still scared. There was so much puss and blood and grossness. By Sunday night, the pain was very minimal and it had dried up quite a bit. I was still pretty worried, but my temperature was pretty normal again and I didn’t feel as much pain.
This morning I went in for my follow-up. The doctor noted that it was unusual for a nasal cauterization to become infected like that. He gave me a topical anti-biotic to add to my other antibiotics, and I did my first application when I got home. It was really scary again because they had to numb me, then stick sticks up there, then suck crap out, ugh, it was awful. I got sick again and my dad had to drive me home while my car sat in the parking lot. I didn’t even feel well enough for food.
Anyway, I’m writing this disgusting story for a couple of reasons: First, because I searched the entire internet for a story about infections after nasal cauterizations and only found a couple of stories and no comfort during my three days of freaking-out. And second, because I wanted to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am for Health Insurance in this crazy freaking country. I don’t even want to add up how much money I’ve spent in the last week, with or without the insurance. I’ve seen 4 doctors, 1 twice, I’ve had four prescriptions, and I’ve missed two full days of work. That’s a ton of money to think about.
And its absolutely crazy that not everyone in this country has health insurance. I would happily pay an increase in taxes for the overall payoff of health and wellness in this country, because this week was crazy, and I can’t help but feel so awful for people who can’t afford it. This past December, I would have paid this entire week out of my pocket, and honestly, that’s a nightmare to think about.
Anyway, if you googled and found this, I hope you’re feeling better. Call your doctor to make sure your symptoms are normal, if not, go to Urgent care. Take your temperature. Trust your gut. Because I almost lost my nose.