Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Who Knew?

Had nice morning ride to Tacoma to visit the Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist as suggested by the Emergency room personnel who dealt with my little incident last Friday morning.  While the CAT scan found nothing wrong with my throat they thought it would be a good idea for me to have a follow-up visit to make sure there wasn't something missed.  The sun was out and the view was spectacular from the third floor of the medical center.

After providing a description of the incident and all the details leading to it, the doctor took a look in both ears followed by a quick examination of my nose and throat.  Once he was done with those, he decided to do a little more looking.  He got out a bottle of what he called deadener and sprayed it in my nose.  He said it would taste bitter, and it did.  My nose and throat went numb in a matter of minutes.

He then pulled out a device with a tube on it and went on to explain how he was going to insert it down both sides of my nose and deep into the back of my throat to see if there are any problems.  He proceeded with very little warning, had me breathing, making noises and panting before pulling it out and announcing that everything looks great.

His diagnosis?  Phlegm. (Flem)  Apparently, he feels that a ball of phlegm from the drainage the night before was on the voice box and the combination of reclining in the warm bathtub and standing, created a blockage.  He is pretty sure it wasn't an asthma attack because untreated an asthma attack would have lasted much longer and would not have calmed down as quickly.

While I still have a lot of congestion, things seem to be getting better.  Now all I need to worry about is the next doctor appointment to see what we will be doing about the 4 mm aneurysm they discovered during the CAT scan.  So much fun, I can hardly wait until next Monday.

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