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Surgery Day Has Been Canceled

Jesse chowingToday was my last-ditch appointment with my ENT before my scheduled pre-op on Tuesday. To say things went great would be the understatement of 2011. I’d like to celebrate with another one of those Pink’s hot dogs.

He started off by asking me how my symptoms have been and I had to admit that, though I have a headache nearly every day still, they are not debilitating like they were before Christmas. It’s definitely controllable with my Ultram and I’m very able to function with that, even more so than I was with Vicodin, as that at least made me a bit sleepy and has a distinctly more narcotic effect. He reminded me that the surgery he had scheduled was going to have a “prolonged recovery” compared to the one in January, too.

So, up my nose he went (after numbing, of course) to take a closer look at how things had been since I got the PARI Sinus (note I didn’t say SinusStar) and vancomycin to see how that took care of my infection. Last time, he immediately mentioned a polyp. This time, he went in both sides twice with no mention, so I asked, “how’s the polyp look?” “I don’t see one,” he replied. He checked his dictation notes from my last visit and saw the mention of a polyp, but let me know it was gone!

He kept saying how great things looked, too. I had quite a bit of crusting, and the smell burst forth as he dislodged one. Both sides were pretty crusty, even by my standards, but he insisted that my tissue was looking much healthier and he wasn’t at all enthusiastic about operating on me in this condition.

We decided then and there to cancel surgery and keep me on a 3-week on, 3-week off schedule of vancomycin and go back in a month to see if things have improved even more.

In an effort to shame Tampa General Hospital (TGH), they have instituted a campus-wide “no free valet parking” for patients. What was once a pleasure to be treated with such respect as a patient who was often there 2, 3, 4 times per month, we now have the privilege of being charged $5 to use valet or $3 to park in the garage and walk to the building through the hot, muggy Florida air. Thanks a lot, suits. You suck. Needless to say, the valet did not get a tip from me, as they usually do.


  1. yay for sinuses!!!!  Poop about the parking situation : (  Im glad the Pari sinus thingy is helping you!!!  

    • Thanks! It’s really so much better than I could have imagined. With the vibration effect, it’s like a massage and really opens things up, especially in the morning. I like it more than any treatment I do.

  2. That’s awesome!!!

  3. MiddleAgedLady says

    I’m so happy for you! What a blessing to get a break like that.

    The parking situation is ridiculous. Have you called them? They need a “frequent patient” discount or something.

    Did you show a photo of your PariSinus? I’m curious how it looks compared to the gizmo I have, which I don’t like.

    • I haven’t shown a pic of it yet. I want to take more photos of the head,
      tubing, and upload their video, as corny as it is. They can tell me to take
      it down if they want, but I’m the best exposure they’ll have at this point
      since no one even knows about it, eh?

      I’ve got more than 3/4 of a mind to go in a talk to a suit in the hospital
      administration. Considering I bring in over $80k/yr to the hospital, they
      can give me free parking or I can consider moving to Madison, WI, right?

  4. Glad your sinuses are better.  I agree with the parking deal.  Employees who work off site even have to pay now.  It’s not cool!!

  5. Kristi Bowers says

    Yeah no surgery!!!!!