Long story short, and if any of you have any more specific (not TOO specific, keep those to PM mind you) questions feel free to ask.
So for as long as I can remember in my short 27 (birthday was last week and ugh why do I feel old?) years of life I had trouble breathing through my nose. I suck at swimming and while I know it’s not 100% because of my deviated septum I think it had a lot to do with it. If I ever had even a small cold I had to breathe through my mouth as it was useless through my nose, and even with a clear head breathing through my nose never felt 100%.
Mid last year I got a referral to a good doctor at a hospital here in Kaohsiung (Chang-Gung) Got an X-ray and good golly miss molly, to me at least, I never knew my septum was as deviated as it was. Also got a CT-scan but nothing else was wrong.
Finally a few months ago set up an appointment for just last week to get the surgery done.
Decided to get it done here for a few reasons: 1) Hah, even with insurance back home in the States it would probably cost an arm and a leg (pardon the pun) for such a small surgery to be done and 2) I wanted to get it over with.
Checked into the hospital last Monday. Surgery was on Tuesday. Was awake the whole time, local anesthesia, couldn’t see anything as they covered my eyes but I was talking to the doctor the whole time. Didn’t feel a thing, only un-nerving part was when he used what felt like a chisel and hammer on my nose a few times. Otherwise it only took an hour.
Afterwards didn’t hurt as bad as I expected. Was actually only taking acetaminophen and a few other drugs. By Thursday they pulled all the gauze out of my nose, it wasn’t bleeding and after a few hours they sent me home.
I’m still on real basic drugs but have had no pain at all and best of all: GOOD GOD I can actually breathe! It sounds corny but I don’t care, this surgery has changed my life for the better. I actually have to remind myself I don’t need to breathe through my mouth any more.
And best of all, all told was less than NT$2,000. The only thing I would have changed would be to ugprade to a nicer room, as I just got the standard room and of course on the great dice roll of life I ended up next to an old Ah-gong who was so deaf he shouted when he spoke to people.
So, as far as my surgery and experience went, 100% flawless and would do it again in a heartbeat.
I can breathe!