I'm home. I cried like a baby in the doctor's office... How embarrassing! I wanted to sob, "It's not supposed to be like this at all!"
He cleaned me out. It hurt, but it felt good. ... But it wasn't good enough.
My turbinates are swollen, which is why I can't breathe. The reason I cried in his office has to do with what he proposed to do about this. Before I reveal it, I'll post a bit from what I'm reading--I'm home and have had time to stop crying and think rationally. Mostly I'm upset because I feel like I'm right back where I started.
The turbinates are shelves on the side of the nose. The main ones are the middle and the inferior. They normally enlarge and shrink. They especially enlarge with a cold or infection because blood is coming to the area to fight infection. They enlarge with allergy, and become pale and swollen.
Sometimes they happen to be swollen on the day you see the doctor, and if you are complaining that your breathing feels blocked, it makes sense to reduce their size. Enlargement of the turbinates can, at times, be seen on an X- ray.
The turbinates serve a major function. They warm inhaled air before it enters the lungs. They are covered by millions of cilia which defend the body against contagions and irritants in the inhaled air. They provide an environment for the good white blood cells, and a bacteria-fighting enzyme called lysozyme, to gather and fight infection. They act as a baffle to better direct the flow of air.
So it makes sense that if I've been sitting here with a stuffed up nose for a week, my turbinates would be swollen... Maybe this is not a permanent problem...
He changed me from Flonase to Nasacort. I like Nasacort better anyway. And I am back on the Augmentin--uh, well, looks like they gave me Amoxicillin. Goodbye, lots of pounds. If the swelling doesn't go down, I will have part of the turbinate removed. Oh, joy. I thought I was done with surgery for a while. I do have life to be living...