Fortunately, my new diagnoses have nothing to do with my broken lady bits. In fact, I got to keep my pants on for this appointment. Hooray!
I don’t recall if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I’m a snorer. A terrible snorer. It’s gotten so bad in the last year that I often keep my husband awake all night with an impressive symphony of rumbles and snorts. In the months leading up to today’s appointment with the ear, nose, and throat specialist, I tried many things to alleviate the problem:
- Nasal strips – The adhesive gave me a rash and I still snored.
- Something called Snorepin – Helped a little, but it was a bit painful and kept falling out.
- Expensive pillow that aligns my head and neck – Hasn’t made one bit of difference.
- Tongue and jaw exercises – May or may not be helping, but I’m still doing them every day.
- Raised the head of our bed by 2-3 inches – Improved M’s snoring, but not mine.
- Decongestants (the good stuff, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride) – Helped a good deal, but it’s not recommended as a long-term solution.
The ENT diagnosed me with tonsillar hypertrophy (big-ass tonsils), deviated septum, and turbinate hypertrophy (enlargement of the little structures that humidify and filter the air we inhale). A couple of years ago, I had an at-home sleep apnea test that showed no indication of sleep apnea. That, along with my answers to other diagnostic questions, lead my doctor to conclude that I probably don’t have sleep apnea. Good news! (Also good news: I have a “beautiful” uvula and a “gorgeous” nose that any plastic surgeon would be ecstatic to replicate. Needless to say, I love my ENT!)
Because my nasal passages and throat are so “petite” (at least something about me is petite!), my doctor recommended surgery to remove my tonsils, correct the septal deviation, and reduce the size of the turbinates. She also mentioned that losing 20-25 pounds might also help (which I already knew), but it’s no guarantee (indeed, I still snored 30 pounds ago).
So, now I have to decide if and when I’ll have the surgery. The septal procedure is an easy, relatively painless outpatient procedure, but the tonsillectomy is a different story. When it comes to adults, my doctor recommends an overnight stay in the hospital. It can take up to 2 weeks for the throat to completely heal. On a positive note, I’ll probably lose that 25 pounds afterwards.
Of course, my first thought was How will this affect my fertility treatments? The earliest date I could get for surgery is July 8, which should be the end of my IUI cycle/beginning of a new cycle. If, by some miracle I end up pregnant, the surgery gets cancelled. I worry about the date falling too early in the two week wait. I suppose the logical thing would be to postpone the IUI until after the surgery. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I know I should get this taken care of before I get pregnant, but I hate the idea of further postponing treatments.