Brandy's Braces, SARPE, Jaw Surgery Journal

This is my daily journal to my eventual perfect smile and Apnea free life. It logs my surgeries, and daily progress.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Sinus concerns! - UGHHH!

Today I had my CT scan done at my ENT's office. He has a new machine so it was pretty sweet and easy. I got there at 11:30 and was done by 11:40. The whole CT scan took exactly 40 seconds. Your supposed to try to not blink and not swallow during that time. I tried really hard not to, but towards the end I just couldn't control myself and HAD to swallow. I told the nurse who was taking my Xray, incase I messed anything up. So before I left she had us go through the images (they are digital and automatically loaded to the computer) it was pretty cool and they are going to give me a copy of the Xray on CD. My swallowing didn't seem to affect the results so that was a plus! That, however.......was the good news.

The doctor got caught up in surgery so he was unable to go over my results with me. I knew this might happen so I wasn't surprised. The nurse, however, did talk to me a bit and showed me some stuff. She said that my right maxillary sinus looks kindof messed up. She didn't get specific but traced the area that was in question. This is probably why I have to pull my face to the right to blow my nose, or why it took 35 days of antibiotics to clear my sinus infection. She also said that my septum is very crooked. She proceeded to show me a pic where one side of my sinus looked like a roller coaster. Needless to say, I'm pretty bummed about it! I'm trying not to freak out until I talk to my doctor next week, however, I've had 3 CT scans over the last three years, so I pretty much know what my sinuses used to look like when they were in excellent condition. Now I can definitely see a huge difference in how they look and it is not a good difference!

Looks like I could be blogging more surgery in my future! and let me say for the record how much I'm not looking forward to that!

I'll post more Monday when I hear back from the doctor.


  • At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh man! What a bummer. Is this the result of the jaw surgery?
    I hope it doesn't require more surgery!! You've been through enough as it is...

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said…

    Yep, it is totally from the surgery. I've had 3 CT scans in the last 3 years and my sinuses were good as of last November. So.....yeah, it stinks! I hope I don't need surgery either! That is the last thing I want right now!

  • At 8:37 PM, Blogger laura said…

    Oh yikes. That sucks. I didn't even know that was a risk of the surgery. Perhaps it'll de-roller coasterize a bit as it recovers from the infection? Poor thing has been through a lot.

  • At 5:39 AM, Blogger apnea mom said…


    I really understand how bad you don't want to have surgery again right now. Two steps forward, one step back.

    I hope, for your sake, that the sinus infection is completely resolved and that the sinus structure changes are not bad enough to require more surgery.

    I will be waiting to hear more. Hang in there!


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