Friday, March 20, 2009

the saga of the exploding nose...

(Warning: Disgustingness ahead. If you are squeamish, do not read any further)

You know the saying "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose" right? Mostly, that is true. A certain friend, who shall remain nameless (Dr Jason Young) had the brilliant idea to "realign" the bones and cartilage in my nasal cavity. He thought possibly it might be contributing to my headache. I told him if it worked, he would be elevated to HERO status in my world. And that I would blog about him. However, didn't necessarily work like we wanted, but I am blogging about it anyway.

In short, he threaded a finger condom (mini balloon thingy) up into my nasal passages. Then, he blew up the balloon. OUCH!!!! I could feel my stuff snap into place, and my ears popped. He did this in each little nasal passage, so a total of 6 times. This was followed by copious amounts of snot and lubricant exiting my nose...continuously. So today, post nasal drip has caused major sore throat, continued drainage, and made my voice go funny. Good thing I didn't really need to talk today huh? Let's just hope that this will go away shortly, and not turn into a full blown sinus infection. I have managed to go all winter without illness (well, except the headache, but really started in the fall, so I don't count it anymore.)

And the moral of the story is, if anyone offers to "realign your nasal cavity" JUST SAY NO!!!


Kate the Great said...

nasty... that's all I have to say.

Jason Young said...

Wow Megan. First of all. I'm sorry that you had a bad reaction to the treatment. Yours definitely was not typical otherwise I would have warned you that you would have, as you put it, an "exploding nose". I've done this procedure dozens of times and typically there is drainage of the sinuses, which is one of the goals. None of these people have ever had a reaction like yours.

The parts of the story that you left out are that #1) I did the procedure as a favor because I'm your friend and I want to help you. #2) I perform a nasal examination before this procedure so it's not like I'm just running around jamming finger cots (not condoms) into people's noses. #3) Sinus headaches are the second most common type of headache and none of your other doctors have ever even considered this as a possibility. Did your headache improve any? You don't mention that in your post. I know what you told me but I'm not at liberty to share your outcomes thus violating your privacy.

I have to say that the only thing that shocks me more than your response to treatment is fact that you're kind of trying to throw me under the bus here. I understand that you have a story to tell and everything but I don't think that its really fair to sensationalize what happened at the expense of my reputation.

Megan Zimmerman said...

I totally feel amazingly better headache is even a little less. I wasn't trying to sell you out...just verbalize my misery. I do appreciate you doing your best to help me feel better. I apologize.