Well, today is three weeks and three days post-op. I haven't updated lately because I haven't really had anything new to say. The biggest difference since my last entry is that it no longer smells like I am sitting inside a glass dumpster on a hot day. I've been using my Neti pot almost everyday, and that foul smell is completely gone now. That alone makes me more excited than Jessie Spano on pills.
I do still have some lingering tenderness on the bridge of my nose, but I only notice it when I put pressure on it. I can't wait to be able to really wash my face good and hard, and then rub it dry with a towel. I am sick of having to be so gentle. I also am sick of not being able to wear sunglasses. I have to drive 25 minutes to work at 2pm every day, and it almost kills me, but I am being very careful about the post-op instructions, which say no glasses for 4 weeks.
I had an altercation with my refrigerator door the other day, too. I'm not sure who started it, but I lost. Somehow it rammed me right in the nose while I was opening it, and I ended up in a ball on the floor with my eyes watering. Even though it hurt a lot, I could tell my nose was probably fine. It didn't bleed, the pain subsided, and it didn't look or feel broken, so I didn't call my surgeon or anything.
Hmm... what else. Oh. I have a couple wads of scar tissue or something inside my nose. I'm not sure what they are actually, but it's basically a hard knot on my septum inside each nostril. They've been there since the very first day, but have gotten a lot smaller over time. I'm sure they will probably go away altogether at some point, but if not, whatever. They're not bothersome or noticeable from the outside or anything.
I'm planning on taking another batch of pictures this weekend for my one month update, and then I'll continue to take pictures every month or two, since Dr. Haas said my nose will change slightly over the next year. So far, I can tell it's changed a little bit since the Day 5 pictures I've posted. Mainly, my nostrils have evened out and I think my nose looks the same from both sides now. Notice in the Day 5 pictures it looks a little different from the facing left view and the facing right view, but now I can't see a difference. Also, the tip has dropped a little. When my splint first came off, I was afraid it looked too upturned, but now I like it.
The crazy thing is, my nose job isn't very noticeable to people. I know that's hard to believe, because the people reading this blog are looking at the before and after pictures side-by-side, but not one person has asked me anything about it. No one at work has said anything to me, and I was around my whole extended family and I had to tell the ones who didn't already know. They were all supportive of my decision said it looked great, but the general consensus was they could see the difference now that I mentioned it, but wouldn't have noticed on their own. Even my husband says he doesn't notice it when he looks at me. This is exactly what I was going for, so I am very pleased!