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Huh. That explains a lot, actually.

I had my routine check up with my GP [general practitioner] today, and I continue to like him a lot. [Side note: I am capable of learning from other's mistakes and brought my Kindle. Good thing, too, as I had an hour wait due to flu season.] I have no real health complaints, I'm fit and hale, my BP is textbook, yadda yadda, and as we're wrapping things up, he asks, "Anything bugging you that you forgot about?"

"You know, I've only been able to breathe out of one side of my nose since I was a kid. I always thought that was normal. ...it's not, is it?"

"Uh, no." [shines light up my schnoz makes note] "Yeah, you have a deviated septum, pretty severe, actually. Wanna have surgery?"

"Yeah - I mean, should I?"

"Is it affecting your quality of life?"

I thought for a second, then went in for a penny and a pound. "I have a hard time making out with the Mister because I can't breathe out of one side - my kissing side."

He laughed and asked if that was important enough for surgery. !!!!

"Doc. Make outs are totally a quality of life issue."

He scheduled a CT and an appointment with an ENT to get this checked out. HEE. Who on earth could doubt the importance of make outs?!? Before I get "concerned comments about being heedless/slap-dash with surgery, I have issues breathing, always have, and hey! Let's fix that if we can, yes? And the bonus is the new Euro-Extended Make Out Stoney Remix! \o/

ION: I found last night's ep of Big Love to be incredibly disturbing. I also am 100% convinced that Gennifer what's her butt [Margene] is a one-note actress and she's getting on my last damn nerve. The dancing? Good lord.

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fiveandfour
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I had to take my daughter in this morning for an appointment. This being the cold and flu season, I found the "appointment" concept to be more of a vague notion than an actual expectation that we could be seen around that time. Don't know why it didn't occur to me earlier that first thing on a Monday, all the miserable people would be in with urgent issues that weren't quite urgent enough to involve an emergency room visit over the week-end. D'oh!

I love those "one last thing" conversations with my doctor. It always seems that those are the ones that turn up the real issues. Too bad we can't have "so, how are you doing?" kind of appointments with our doctors as a regular part of health care.

Hope things work out for you and the septum. That sounds like a pretty miserable condition, actually.
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't even think of that, either re: Monday/sickos.

And yeah - there should be a bi-yearly, "Say, Doc, what do you make of this..." type appointments.

It's been bad when I'm trying to really work out hard, like full out running. Must be why I've been a sprinter since junior high?
tricksterquinn
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
There was a question about whether that is quality-of-life??? ;)

I'm glad you're getting that looked at and hopefully fixed. Deviated septums are just no good.

I keep wishing there was a good way to ask a doctor about those "...er, is it SUPPOSED to work this way?" questions, especially when one isn't having physicals and doesn't have insurance. SIGH.
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to operating at 100%, that's for sure!

Oy, the lack of insurance. My sister is without insurance and I just worry about her all the time. I'm trying to build up enough of a relationship with my GP to get him to bend the rules and sneak her in on my insurance. I grew up without insurance, so now that I'm covered, I'm all about using it.
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furikku
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Make outs are totally a quality of life issue.

Truer words never spoken.
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I mean, seriously. ;D
kwizbit
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I think I would go crazy just having one side of my nose to breathe. Glad to hear you're going to clear that up.

He laughed and asked if that was important enough for surgery. !!!!
Hell yes it is! :P

Good luck with everything in regards to that!
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I honestly didn't think it was weird. I figured you only need one kidney, blah blah... Who knew? Derp, I'm a dork.
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solipsiae
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Dude, if hampered makeout sesshes are your biggest complaint from a deviated septum, count yourself lucky! One of my exes had a deviated septum and had sleep apnea which sucked (for him AND me).
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, no I have a hard time running long distances or any kind of really intense workout. Back when I lived at high altitudes it was a nightmare. I always felt like I was drowning. I'll be glad to have this fixed.
minstrel666
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
*waves glow stick to the remix*

Nah-nah nanananah-nah nanananah-nah nananah!

Hey, extended euro remix. You can't say that to a European and not have him pull a glowstick out. (secret: all EU citizens carry glowsticks on their persons 24 hours a day)

But in all seriousness, it is weird when something you had all your life turns out to be medical issues. Cue story about my crooked fang and an inflammation of the lip that required surgery.
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Bwah ha ha, I'm so glad someone laughed at my joke. Un tiss un tiss un tiss!

I'm glad to know that should I ever go undercover as a European I will require glowsticks on my person. And black head-to-toe, clearly.

WHOA! Good thing you had that looked into, as well! Infections can be naaaaasty.
ann1962
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
I had surgery for a nasal polyp and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. You don't realize how good it is to breathe until you can.
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
That is precisely what I'm hoping for, YAY!!!

once i had my knee fixed last year, I wanted to jump and run all day because it no longer hurt!
mangofandango
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
My husband had the surgery to correct his deviated septum. The recovery was less than pretty (and if you have questions, I'll try to remember what happened) but things are better for him now. He still has stuffier-than-average symptoms, but it's improved!
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'm prepared for the pain/swelling/horror of after-surgery from our good friend that we helped after his surgery. But it will be well worth it. Glad to hear that things are improved for your husband!
entrenous88
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Deviated septum sounds super dirty, like you are some special kind of sexual deviant they don't yet have a specialized porny website for yet.

Oh, dude, you will be unstoppable when you can breathe free from both your nostrils! Making out, walking and running, getting enough oxygen to all of you! \o/

stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I love it!!

Oh my goodness, I cannot WAIT to breathe deep from both sides! Maybe I had superpowers that were dampened because of the lack of proper O2 to CO2 transfer in my cells! I MAY BE ABLE TO FLY, J!
enigmaticblues
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Make-outs are like chocolate. Totally essential to quality of life.

I've known a couple of people who had that surgery. It wasn't fun for them. OTOH, my dad got to send one of the guys from work who had that surgery a basket of pansies with the note, "Get well, ya pansy."
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Make outs, chocolate, tequila, nachos, oxygen, all are essential for LIFE! Back in the Primordial Ooze bacteria were kissing and drinking tequila, I just know it!!

Ahahaha, that's a great gag gift after surgery - my kind of humor!
dovil
Feb. 9th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Getting surgery to breathe - when will the narcisism stop?

It must have been romantic though, every time you're husband would kiss you you'd be swooning all over the place in a romantic faint. Of course you'd be blue and twitching, but still, very romantic.

stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
First I get my nose fixed, next stop is plastic surgery to install a "sympathy ridge" between my eyebrows. That way, I can look concerned for people without having to put forth any effort. \o/
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beyondrubicon
Feb. 9th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
WOO HOO NOSE JOB!! ;) Seriously though, glad the doctor could figure that out and you're getting it taken care of. Enjoy those make outs, my dear!

Big Love was so disturbing. It was crawled under my skin, could barely pay attention to Flight of the Conchords, I dreamed about churches and hymns all last night disturbing. I actually liked Ginnifer Goodwin the first two seasons but I have to agree with you now. In trying to give Margene's character depth they're really showing her limitations as an actress. On the flip side I think Chloe Sevigny should be handed every acting award there is.
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oooooooh, was I creeped out. I didn't watch FotC last night - I saved it for tonight.

Chlo Sevigny is absolutely fantastic. Knowing that she's such a New Yorker, elegant, and hip and watching Nikki... she's absolutely perfect.
joeb_abbitt
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
i put you on my friends list because i thoroughly enjoyed your twilight series reviews. you stay on my friends list because i like hearing stories where corrective surgery leads to hot hot makeouts.
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Who doesn't like hearing about corrective surgery leading to hot hot make outs?

And now I'm thinking of putting the lotion on the skin, because I'm broken like that. It was the corrective surgery bit. ;D
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roonilwazlib6
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
My old college roommate just had a "nose job" over winter break because she had a deviated septum, too! She came out of it fine -- it's still a little swollen, but it's not really that noticeable. She can breathe a lot better too. Good luck! =)
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
I hope I can have a speedy recovery, too! HUZZAH!
lynnenne
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Dude. If make-outs are not a quality of life issue, WHAT IS??
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
*hands*

I MEAN, HONESTLY!
mcpatti
Feb. 9th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Good lord, indeed. The dancing made me cringe.

PS: My boyfriend got surgery for his deviated septum FOR THE SAME REASON. hahaha
stoney321
Feb. 9th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
The dancing was so forced, right? My shame meter when crazy.

Ahahaha, make outs for all!
lolz
Feb. 9th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oh the good ol' deviated septum. The bf has one and a good friend of ours actually got the surgery done. The bf is too terrified to go through with it so he suffers (aka uses breathe-right strips every night to bed).

Good luck!
dlgood
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Speaking as a guy who had the surgery... tell the BF to be a man.
denelian
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
wow.

the issue that i have here is that you are around my age (i will be 32 on thursday) and some JUST NOW REALIZED YOU HAD A PROBLEM!!!

this is what seriously pisses me off about our medical industry. take me for example - i had displaysia of the right hip. i was BORN with it. it has been there my entire life, and i have NEVER not been in pain. and..

and all it freaking too was a doctor to take a damned x-ray and LOOK AT MY HIP.

i had been told my ENTIRE life that i was a hypochondriac, i was making it up, i didn't really hurt. if someone had listened to me when i was a kid, they could have fixed it THEN, a LOT more easily, and i could have had something closer to a normal childhood.

if an doctor, ever, had just LOOKED, they would have known you had a deviated spetum and fixed it forever ago and you would have been able to have MARATHON make out sessions!

(sorry for the rant. but this totally always pisses me off.)

i am so happy that you have a doctor who listens to you and is willing to treat you. i wish many MANY marathon make-out sessions, with chocolate flavored tequila!
stoney321
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
okay, okay, calm down. Doctors aren't mind readers, so it would have been helpful if I had said something earlier. You'll notice that the point of this is that I didn't bring it up to my doctors throughout, you know, my whole life.

I also have a long history of not ever going to the doctor, so again. You know. It's all good.
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dlgood
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
I had my septum deviated for me when I was 13, and have had nasal surgery before. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer.

Nutshell: nasal surgery is not fun. OTOH, you will really enjoy being able to breathe better.
stoney321
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, good to know! I'm guessing I'm going to be pretty miserable for about two or three weeks? I am a fast healer, but hey. When I had my knee surgery I figured down time of a month, but I was up and off support in about four days...

I'm wanting to move FAST on this - SXSW is mid-March and I wanna be pain free by then!
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justhuman
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Even though I never really had any upper GI problems, after the first gall bladder attack, I was all ready to change it from a near vestigial organ to a full up one. I say if there's no serious risk, go for it. Making out, so quality of life.

Last night's episode was incredibly disturbing. They've done episodes before where we see similar issues from different points of view, but never so many and I think it was the entire female cast. I think the theme might have been

What is family to you, how has it fucked you up, and what screwed up shit would you do to hang onto it?

Every time I think the show is falling into being a "typical soap opera" it does something like this. This might have been the most powerful episode of the series.

stoney321
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
I've been notoriously bad about taking care of myself (meaning going to doctors, I live a healthy lifestyle) but ever since last year I've made it a goal to just fix all this nonsense. I'm with you: if there's no serious risk, let's do this!
zyrya
Feb. 10th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Well you're an alcoholic, you might as well have surgery to make the extreme drinking easier, right?
stoney321
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA DOUBLE TRUE.

I'm hoping to get a permanent shunt put in straight to my liver so I can carry around an IV of rubbing alcohol. Quicker, easier, and more damaging! \o/
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