Doctor’s Visits and Finally Answers

Yes, I swear I’ll post about the Black Diamond 70.3, but I’m waiting on the official race photos, so you’ll have to wait!!!

Today, I finally had my appointment with the ENT. First off, I should have done this years ago. Second, this doctor was clearly very, very good. Three, he knew within 30 minutes what’s going on with my sinuses. Which is actually two things.

One, a deviated septum. According to WebMD, who knows everything about everything, a deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum — the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half — is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult. Most people have some sort of imbalance in the size of their breathing passages. So, next Thursday, a MRI to see just how bad this is, followed likely by surgery which, again according to WebMD, is surgery to repair a deviated septum is usually performed in an outpatient setting under local or general anesthesia and takes about one to one and a half hours, depending on the amount of work being done. You should be able to go home three to four hours after surgery. I know this may sound like bad news, but after visiting with the doctor, sounds like an answer and music to my ears. I can’t wait to breath while training and not have these constant infections anymore!

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(example of a deviated septum, this is not my noggin)

Two, allergies. This is not a surprise, since I was a little girl, I’ve struggled with allergies. So two weeks from now, I’ll be having an allergy test to see what can be done about this. I’m actually pretty interested in what my allergies may be. And since we are WebMDing tonight, an allergy study consists of: “In a skin test, you get a dose of a possible allergen. The test tracks your immune system’s response — specifically, if your body makes a molecule called immunoglobulin E (IgE). A high level of IgE can mean you have an allergy. Skin Prick Test: The skin prick test is the most common allergy skin test. First, you get a series of tiny drops of allergens on your skin, usually on your back. Then you get a quick needle prick in the skin where each of the drops are. If you’re allergic, you’ll get a dime-sized hive that’s red and itchy at the needle prick site. You may need a follow-up test to check the results. Intradermal Test: If your skin prick test was negative, your doctor may try an intradermal test. In this test, your doctor injects the allergen into your skin. Intradermal allergy tests are often used for environmental allergies and drug allergies. Doctors usually don’t use this type of allergy test with food or latex allergies.”

So, that’s what is new with me! Goal #1, get healthy, which I’m actively working on. This will be imperative for IM training!

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