Everyday Things

The Unexpected

In less than 24 hours, I’ll be admitted to Gleneagles Hospital for an operation. Yes, I know that this is too sudden.

It started two weeks ago when I discovered a small growth (the size of two red beans combined) in my right nostril. I consulted a GP, and he referred me to an ENT specialist for further examination.

Last week, I made a trip to an ENT specialist clinic at Gleneagles Hospital. The video nasoendoscopy revealed that the growth is a nasal polyps. For a complete diagnosis, I also went for a CT scan on my sinuses.

The CT scan revealed “something” that is quite unusual on my left nostril. The infection actually started on my left nostril and it pushed the nasal polyps to the right. The ENT specialist confirmed that an operation is needed to remove the nasal polyps and infection. He will also take specimens for further examination.

I agreed to go for an operation as soon as possible even though there is a small risk involved. No operation is 100% risk-free; I’ll rather not talk about it here.

I’ll be away for a few days. Will be right back when I get better.


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  • Sin Yee

    take care! god bless and keep us posted ….

  • mico

    Hope ur operation goes well. do keep us updated when you are fit to do so ya. Rest well !

  • Huey ling

    Take care and rest well and pray that everything will go smoothly.
    Get well real soon!

  • Stevie

    Sis, dont worry…. everything will be fine… rest well! We’ll be praying for u…

  • Take good care of yourself! and see you here again soon!

    • Emily

      Hi Shirley,
      Thanks! I’m feeling so much better these few days. Merry X’mas to you!

  • cynthia

    Hi! My doctor at sunway also advise me fr FESS to remove nasal polyp . V worried . I hv lost my sense of smell . How was the operation ? Painful ?

    • Emily

      Hi Cynthia,
      To be honest, the operation is not painful because there is no incision and it’s done under general anaesthesia. I was also on IV drip, the nurse told me that the drip is for pain control. So, during my 2D1N stay in the operation, there wasn’t any pain at all.

      However, the pain kicked in 3 days after the operation – when I returned to my surgeon to perform cleaning on my nostrils. The pain was quite bad, I’ve been popping 8 panadols a day, but the pain is still unbearable. Maybe my pain treshold is lower than average. Then, I went to my surgeon again, and he gave me a stronger painkiller (blue colour) and that really helps to reduce pain.

      Overall, the recovery is about 1.5 weeks and I return to work as per normal after that. Don’t worry, it’s quite a safe and simple ops. If you have any doubts, pls do clarify with your doctor. The side effects and pain level are different, depending on the individuals. Is there any other option beside FESS?

      Wish you all the best, and take care! If you have any other queries, pls feel free to write to me. 🙂

  • cynthia

    thanks for sharing your experience. happy to know that your surgery has been a success. I may be going to KL again to seek 2nd opinion with a different doctor whom i feel more comfortable to discuss about my condition.
    i enjoy reading your blog , its so nice to document the growing up of your child, I am 43 and mom of 3 teenagers, 18,16 n 13. Glad to know u !!!

    • Emily

      Hi Cynthia,
      Thanks, I’m happy to hear that you enjoy reading it.

      Yeah, it’s a great idea to seek a 2nd opinion. Maybe another ENT specialist maybe able to provide alternative, rather than going for surgery. If medication is available, I rather go for medication than surgery. All the best to you!