Sleep Apnea: 1 month post UPPP surgery
Anyway, today is May 23rd so I am just over a month – closer to 5 weeks actually. And there’s still some notable issues from the surgery.
First – my throat just feels different. Some foods are just not enjoyable anymore because of the way they go down. I choked on a triscuit for about half an hour tonight – a little crumb got stuck in my throat forever.
Toast is not my friend anymore either – although I can eat it. The crumbs though REALLY get to me. I never have more than one piece of toast – and I prefer it with peanut butter since that tends to hold everything together. In fact, anything that is in the “bread” group is a little hard for me to eat – I’m not really enjoying it. Since it’s summer we’ve been grilling quite often and when we make brats (and by “brats” I mean “healthy turkey brats”, not really awesome real bratwurst) I’m just as likely to eat it without the bun as with a bun.
I got back into drinking citrus juices without any problem – I know a lot of people have trouble with those but I just waited quite a while before I tried and I never had a problem. In fact, I hadn’t had any until this past week – about a month after surgery.
I haven’t had any real pain since about 3 weeks after surgery – but I was taking lots of drugs. I did feel like I had a sore throat for a long time after the “real” pain subsided. Also, if I ate anything rough my throat would hurt a lot the next day.
I think the biggest surprise diet-wise was hard candy. I keep hard candy in my truck for when I drive – when I get tired I suck on it (usually a Life-Saver) and it keeps me awake. Since I drive quite frequently I’ve gotten used to doing this. However – I can’t do it any more. When I suck on candy the back of my throat just feels WRONG. I have a very bad gag reflex and it sets everything off. However, that DOES keep me awake…
Of course everyone’s question is “Did the surgery work?” – up until my wife and I went on a trip this past week I’d been sleeping in a separate bedroom while I recovered. During this trip she told me I still snored a little when I was on my back. When I slept on my side she said I sounded very different -like a deep breathing. She thinks it is an improvement but it will take some getting used to.
From my perspective I am sleeping better than I ever have. I like it. There was a lot of pain up front – hopefully it will keep paying off.
My septoplasty surgery does have a very noticable improvement for me though – for the first time in years (now that everything is pretty well healed) I can breath through both sides of my nose. It’s fantastic. Until you’ve experienced NOT being to do it and then being able to do it I can’t explain it to you – it’s just fantastic.