Saturday, September 08, 2007

I'm back -- with boogers!

Hi folks. Sorry I haven't been updating this. I've been answering most people's emails -- more than half of them, anyway -- but I just haven't had the energy to post here.

If I'm true to form, I'll probably go a long time before posting again here. You're certainly welcome to email me (azureus at harborside dot com).

On to today's letter, which could be titled: TECHNICOLOR BOOGERS.

A brief history: I had extensive endoscopic sinus surgery done 8 days ago--all four sinus cavities were cleared out, turbinates resectioned, and windows were cut. My head had so many polyps they were either going to start going down my throat or out my nose. My CT Scan was completely grey in color, which concurred with my inability to breathe through my nose or smell. I've been back to the dr once, and he used the "sucker" and got a lot of mucous out of the way, and he is having me do saline sinus rinses multiple times a day now.

My question: What is all the junk coming out of my nose? Why the rainbow of color, size, thickness, and consistency? Today I have had clear, red/bloody, yellow-brown, and brown; sometimes like normal boogers and snot, and other times like really thick snot and mucous that has sat around too long. The one that shocked me that I'm really interested in was somewhat tissue-like...it was 1.5" long x 0.5" wide x 0.25" thick chunk of red, white, clear, and yellow, and it came out when I blew my nose. (Yes, I measured it) It was similar to the consistency of raw chicken fat or something equally gross. Then a few minutes later, I blew my nose again and the same sized and consistency chunk came out of the other nostril. I felt much better and finally felt like my nose was really cleared out after these came out, but I couldn't believe something that big and solid was in there. My doc said he didn't use packing, but I wonder if these two were really something natural or if it was a dissolvable packing type of thing? And is that an abnormal size chunk to come out...could I possibly blow out nasal tissue? What about the turbinate resection...could I have blown out cilia and membranes? Any thoughts? And, lastly, is there a record for having the largest boogers?

What struck me right away is that you had your operation only 8 days ago. Eight days is nothing in this business! Of course you're still producing wild mucus. I would expect it. Don't worry about blood-red, black, brown, or yellow. It's GREEN you need to beware, since that would indicate an infection.

But I'm jumping the gun. I should begin, first, with the usual disclaimer: such questions are always more appropriate for your doctor, rather than some dude who has never examined you and who doesn't know precisely what operation was done. My response is an unreliable guess based on the information you've provided me. An educated guess, perhaps, but still unreliable. You ought to talk to your doc about this, or at least share your concerns with his nurse.

Now, on to my thoughts in the matter:

Your doc might have used dissolvable packing. He's old school (I can tell, since you said he resected your turbinates and created windows -- if that means what I think it means, your doc is probably in his 50s or 60s), so to him, "packing" may mean "strip gauze." If he left any gelfoam in your sinus cavities, this stuff can come out looking like tissue.

Short answer: this early post-op, don't fret about anything except green mucus. Two other things which would prompt a call to the doctor: copious watery drainage, which could indicate a leak of cerebrospinal fluid, or signs of infection (facial pain, redness, fever, severe headache, stiff neck -- any of those).

Otherwise, keep irrigating like crazy and you should do well. Good luck.

D.

PS: the nasal and sinus cavities are HUGE. Much bigger than the nose on your face. There's plenty of room in there for enormous boogers.


16 Comments:

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same type of nasal discharge today, and have not had a surgery at all. I was disgusted but intrigued by the largeness, but more by the texture. It was thicker than chicken fat - almost like a tendon - definitely tissue-like. It was clear/white/red. Looked like it had veins, nearly alive. And I'm young and healthy (I think). If it's not "mystery packing," what else might it be?

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Meme said...

I had the same kind of discharge when I blew my nose today. I have been ill for two weeks. I have a very forced dry cough and have only had nasal congestion for about a week. My throat feels raw and I have run a fever constantly for six days. My doctor put me on Biaxin the fist week. I told him it wasn't working so he put me on Avelox for the second week. The nasal congestion got to be too much so I asked for some Tylenol Flu tablets. They have assisted a bit since the vapourizer was doing diddly sqwat to clear the congestion. Now I blow out this piece that resembles tissue and I am wondering where did this come from. I did not thing this was possible unless you had surgery?

 
At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Folks, if you need to ask me any questions, be sure to drop me a note over at my daily blog. Leave a comment anywhere and I'll find it. You can ask your question there and I'll take care of it.

I don't check Wax, Boogers, and Phlegm very often, so if you comment here, don't expect a prompt reply!

 
At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do all children eat their boogers? I have a friend who said that all kids pick & eat snot. But he also had a dog that ate it's own feces so it may have been an enviromental thing.

Your thoughts?

 
At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a kis i never ate snot ew. We made fun of kids who did. That is gross.

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have bloody boogars coming from one nostril and green "infected" boogarz coming from the other. do i have a problem?

 
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At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so tired of this!!!!

four years ago I start hacking up this phlegm all the time and getting a sore throat (I'm freshly 20 right now)

I was in another state! It 'caused so much trouble. Sometimes I'd forget to cover my mouth, it'd go flying "EWW!" Someone would say.

I'd cough, it sounds like a sneeze someone would say bless you... all the time...

It's still going on.. I keep getting sore throat.... I'm tired of spitting up phlegm all the time. Tastes bad, hard to breathe, I don't like it ... doctors say allergies.. tried many different things... *sighs

 
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