Archive | November, 2012

Two and a Half Weeks After Surgery

29 Nov

Photos from Sunday, Nov 25, which was just 2.5 weeks post surgery, and 1.5 weeks since the splints came out!!!  Thanks to my girl Caroline for taking a few ‘random’ snaps.  There’s still loads of swelling, but I’m amazed at how much has changed in just a few weeks…Happy Happy 🙂

RealSelf Review

25 Nov

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since surgery.  Below is the review I posted on RealSelf.  More pics to come in  a few days, but yes the swelling is coming down, most of the stitches have dissolved, and I’m almost ready to start training again.  Yippeeeeeee!!!

After going through a less than satisfactory primary rhinoplasty three years ago, I started the quest for a revision rhinoplasty surgeon.  It took hours and hours of research along with numerous consultations to find the right person – Dr. Cochran.  He and his whole team at the Gunter Center are amazing!

My nose fell into the bulbous and asymmetrical tip bucket, and I was told time and time again that it was a ‘difficult nose’.   After the first surgery, I still had a bulbous and asymmetrical nose (albeit smaller), but the worst of it was there was a loss of support in the nasal walls which created breathing issues.  Needless to say, I was very hesitant to go for a second surgery, and was constantly asking myself – What if it gets worse????

When I first learned of Dr. Cochran I started reading the reviews, and they were all positive.  That initially got me suspicious.  Nobody is THAT good, I thought.  But hey, I also figured it was worth a consultation and see for myself.  The consultation took between 1-1.5 hours, included 3D imaging (DON’T have surgery without one), a thorough exam of my nose and lots of information sharing.  Dr. Cochran was patient, caring and was incredibly specific.  The approach was:  lets work together on what you want your nose to look like, then we’ll talk about how we can make it happen.

After returning back home to Bermuda, knowing I had found my guy, surgery was booked.

The day of surgery came and went without issue.  Anyone who’s had surgery knows the fun and joy of coming out of general anesthesia.  Fortunately I wasn’t sick or anything, just a little groggy.  The team of pre- and post-op folks took amazing care of me.   There was minimal bruising and a few days of swelling after surgery.  Nothing horrible, but I definitely was out of commission for the first 4 days.   The splints came out one week after surgery and wow was my nose swollen!!   Even with the swelling I could see that the bulb was gone, the tip was symmetrical and I could breath without my nostrils sucking in.  The thing I appreciated most about Dr. Cochran is how he set my expectations.  He told me:  your nose is going to be very swollen – it was.  It will look huge right now – it did.  The swelling will start to go down in the next few weeks, but will be around for 3-4 months, and with my nose will probably continue for over a year.

I’m now 2 ½ weeks post surgery.  My nose still feels huge, and isn’t particularly photogenic but I can tell the swelling is coming down.  I feel better every single day – even on the days where the swelling isn’t even – this too is normal.  I can’t wait until I reach the 4 month mark J

Dr. Cochran essentially reconstructed my nose to make it work better and look fabulous.  All he does is noses, and that alone speaks volumes.  He is definitely worth a consultation for those searching for a surgeon.

Farewell Dallas

13 Nov

Hard to believe, but in less than 24 hours I’ll be back in Bermuda.  It’s been an amazing week, mostly because of all the time and moments I’ve been able to share with my mom (Love you!!).  As for the nose, over the next 3-4 months the swelling will continue to come down.  I’ll be posting new pics on a weekly basis.

Because a picture is worth 1000 words, below is the progression from Day 0 to now.  I can truly say it’s been completely worth it, even with all the swelling, codeine and 2 1/2″ nose splints.

The BIG Reveal!!!

13 Nov

Today’s the day!  The splints come out, the tape comes off and the masterpiece is shown to the world!!!!!  Thank you to Dr. Cochran and his team for fixing my nose.  It’s very swollen and will be for the next 3-4 months.  BUT:  I can breath 🙂 🙂  The initial results are better than I ever expected, and the best is yet to come.

The New ‘Do

12 Nov

The ponytail is out, and the new ‘do is done.  Thanks Toni&Guy – you’re fabulous!!

Recovery Recap: Day 0 Through Day 5

12 Nov

The past 5 days have an absolute Rowe-lercoaster…

Day 0 – Wed – Home from surgery.  No swelling, no bruising, very groggy/tired, a little bleeding, lots of codeine, lots of icing, sleep sitting up.  Comfort level = 5/10

Day 1 – Thurs – No swelling until about 4pm and then it completely takes over my face, no bruising, tired, lots of napping, a little bleeding, lots of codeine, lots of icing, sleep sitting up.  Comfort level = 3/10

Day 2 – Fri – Swollen like crazy – chipmunk cheeks, squinty eyes, horribly uncomfortable, lots of codeine, a little bit of bruising, bleeding stopped, lots of icing, sleep lying down.  Spoke with the nurse from Dr. Cochran’s office who assured me this was all normal and I’d be feeling much better in a few days.  I didn’t believe her, not even a little.  Fri was a tough day.  Sleep semi-prone.  Comfort level = -10/10 (that’s MINUS 10/10 😦 😦 )

Day 3 – Sat – Swelling starts to come down, still on codeine, less tired and more energy, went to see a movie, did some shopping and went for dinner.  The first time I actually thought there may be a light at the end of the tunnel that wasn’t someone punching me in the face.  Sleep lying down.  Comfort level = 6/10

Day 4- Sun – Swelling continues to come down, I wake up feeling almost good…and I’m a little amazed. I mean, just 2 days ago I felt like I’d been run over…could this be true?  Was Jane the nurse right??!!  Switch from Codeine to Tylenol, take a Dallas city tour, go for dinner.  No icing, no naps.  Sleep lying down.  Comfort level = 7/10

Day 5 – Mon – Swelling is almost gone, bruising has turned into a slight yellow tinge, lots of energy (was eying up the treadmill), completely off codeine.  Getting hair done this afternoon and will update then.  Comfort level as at 10:30am – 8/10 🙂  PM UPDATE:  No icing needed, no naps needed…it was another great day.  Tomorrow, the cast comes off yippee!!!!!  Comfort level stays at 8/10.

The Daily Routine

11 Nov

Here’s a little look into what happens behind the closed doors of a recovering revision rhinoplasty patient.  The day starts with a pain pill, an antibiotic, a bromelain tablet,  some vitamin C, and arcania montana pellets.  Then it’s nose cleaning #1 which involves hydrogen peroxide, mupirocin ointment, lots of qtips and a very gentle touch.

Next is breakfast.  Not much to say except there’s a daily buffet in the hotel, and it’s actually pretty good.  After breakfast, comes some face icing, hotel tidying up, day planning and a nap.

After the morning nap, it’s time for nose cleaning #2, then the afternoon/evening outing.  After a long full day we’re back the hotel.  Just before bed, there’s nose cleaning #3, round 2 of antibiotics, more face icing and relaxing.

The time is going by quickly, now only 2 more sleeps until the cast and splints are removed, and 3 more sleeps until back in Bermuda.  I am starting to miss the Bermuda scene, my beautiful friends and wonderful boyfriend.  They’ve brought a smile to my face by sending gorgeous flowers – Thanks guys, xoxo!!

Tomorrow is new haircut/color day – no more ponytails…stay tuned 🙂

The Big Saturday Adventure

11 Nov

We were out for six, count’em SIX hours today!!  Whoop whoop!!  It was a glorious day of shopping, a movie and dinner.   Mom and I, being the renegades we are, saw an afternoon showing of the very riveting and Oscar-potential movie ‘Pitch Perfect’…I am forever a changed woman.  After, we covered the mall again and are now on a first name basis with the Teavana guy – he’s AWESOME…at making us tea.  Last stop was The Cheesecake Factory for a scrumptious dinner.

Did I mention the best thing about today was being out of the hotel room for 6 hours??  I think/hope the worst of the face swelling is over. I’m finally starting to feel less squirrely and more human.  I’m even becoming fond of the nose cast and the funny looks I get.  Not fond enough to keep it beyond Tuesday tho!  Only 3 more sleeps until it comes off.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, we’re going to go for a 3 hour tour of Dallas.  It’ll be nice to see more of this city than the hotel, hospital and mall across the street.

To my Bermuda family, YEAH RUGBY CLASSIC!!!!!

Nov 10 morning pic:

The Swelling Continues

10 Nov

Saturday morning came with no relief of swelling in sight.  So the icing routine continues…check out our fashionable? and creative? ice pack designs!

(BTW, the blue bag is a re-purposed barf bag)

My First Post-Op Outing

10 Nov

Fri, Nov 9 – Mom and I headed out for a stroll through the nearby NorthPark Mall tonight.  It was very nice to see the outside of this hotel, and the inside of a LV store…a wee bit of heaven for this swollen chipmunk.  No damage was done to the nose or the wallet on this adventure, though the wishlist grew.

The novelty of a swollen face, nose splints and sleepless nights is wearing off.  I hope this was all worth it…