Joseph: Hi there, it’s Sunday. It is the sixth day of my recovery and I feel fantastic like usual. I’m pretty much off of my medicines. I have like one more pill to take tonight or two more pills to take tonight and other than that, I’m pretty much done.It went by really quickly, the whole this week of recovery and going through all the medicines and stuff. It went by quickly and swiftly and mostly painlessly and today, like we’re having a family barbecue and people have been visiting me and bringing me books to entertain myself, but I’m not really stuck in my room anymore. I can go outside in the backyard and my siblings and I have been getting some stuff done around the house.
It’s nice to have some time to get some things done ’cause if I didn’t have this time, I probably wouldn’t do them before school started. But in two days, I get the cast off so I just have to do the rest of today with the cast and then tomorrow and then Tuesday morning, like really early, I’m going to get it off which is really exciting.
It’s not uncomfortable anymore, it’s just a cast and it’s kind of stuck to my skin. I just want it off but everything is healing well. The only thing is this side looks like it…on this side of the nostril and on this side of the middle part, it looks like a tiny bit further down than on this side but I’m hoping that once I get the stitches out it will straighten out. Plus it’s only six days so he said I’ll probably see some asymmetry, especially the first two to three weeks.
But I can’t wait to see how they rebuilt my nose once I get the cast off ’cause it was pretty terrible before. It will hopefully look the same to some extent from the front. I asked him to add support in my tip but keep it generally the same which is like a little wider. You can’t really see ’cause it’s like held in by the cast but I don’t have a narrow tip on my nose, it’s kind of a little wider, and that just runs in my family but it was like collapsed on this side.
Basically, the septum was deviated and it cracked and blocked this nostril and then kind of continued going here. So this side of my nose right above the tip was collapsed. So if I turned my nose like the tinniest bit, you could see, it looked like diagonal and all this weird stuff and my profile like it had a canyon in it between the bridge of the nose and the tip which was disappointing.
But he…because basically, when I broke my nose in the first grade, I broke the bone and it’s stuck right there around the area and didn’t extend to the tip of my nose. So, there was just a bunch of open space there with like minimal cartilage and just flappy skin that I could…it was kind of a party trick almost where I can literally squish my nose all the way down to my face and it would widen and squish ’cause there was nothing in there.
So, what he did with the rib, and he took a little tissue from my head too, fascia tissue or something, he basically made a fake bone and put the rib cartilage and the tissue and made a little burrito style thing that acted as a fake bone and then inject it like cartilage in it. I’m not exactly sure how they do it but it went from where my nose, where the bone stopped to the tip of my nose to make my profile look like it should have looked if I didn’t break it.
So, yeah, barely anymore medicines, I can eat. I still feel a little stuffed up but I can tell that I…like after…especially after I irrigate my nose, I can…like my nostrils are straight. I can feel that I could breathe. I still can’t smile normally. Once I get the cast and the stitches off… my mouth usually goes up further but since my nose can’t move it’s kind of stuck there so it looks a little awkward.
But, yeah, two more days with the cast. Tomorrow is Monday, I’m just going to get some school stuff done and the Tuesday I’ll get the cast off and hopefully I can get out of the house a little more, maybe go over to a friend’s house. I don’t know what Dr. Nassif recommends but I feel fantastic. Hooray.