Hi gang. [at the time I started typing this] It’s been exactly 8 months since my NSR/SMR surgery. The “exactly” part is delightfully coincidental.
For anyone behind on this incredible TMI saga, feel free to catch up with Part One, Part Two, or even Part Three. Like I’ve said before, I wanted to type stuff about my own experience with this sort of thing for anyone on them innanets who’s in the situation I was in last May/June.
As I said in the comments section of part 3, I wanted to wait a long time before posting again, just to see how my new nose fares after a bunch of months once it’s healed as much as it’s ever going to heal and I’ve lived with it enough to know how it is.
In summary, it’s terrific.
It’s runny a lot, so I have to blow my nose more often than before, but that’s okay.
A couple months after my appointment I was noticing that my nose still gets a bit stuffy on one side or another when I’m laying in bed trying to going to sleep. So I went in for another follow-up with my ENT. He explained that that’s just a physiological norm–when you lay down, more blood goes to your head, and the nose gets a bit stuffier. In an ideal world, I’d like them to replace each nostril with 1-inch diameter steel tube implants, but it’s not a perfect world I guess, and my nose is so much better now. Clear and fancy-free. I would do it again.
Good luck to any of you readers who are considering getting an NSR/SMR or similar.