No, I’m not constipated and I haven’t got a cold or sinus infection but I definitely sound different. Can you guess why I sound all bunged up?
At long last, the custom-built nasal prosthetic bung has arrived in the post. The mould for the ‘bung’ was taken exactly a month ago today and I’d actually given up on ever seeing it arrive. It’s now four months since the graft surgery in Nottingham and the donor site in the left side of my head (where the graft was taken from) has still not healed. When I saw the surgeon last month, he felt that if the air could be occluded from entering the raw side of my head, it would facilitate healing. Hence my dispatch to the Maxillofacial laboratory to have a prosthesis made.
I have to admit that I’m suitably impressed by what has been produced. The nasal prosthesis is skin-toned (making it invisible to others) and hollow and fits inside my nose perfectly. It’s easy to insert and is soft and comfortable to wear without irritation. In fact, the only way you’d know that something has changed, is by the nasal intonation in my voice. I was warned that this would be the case but I really don’t care if it succeeds in getting my head to heal. I was also warned that the ‘bung’ could fly out of my nose if I sneeze violently. You have been warned!
On a slightly different topic… have a look at the picture below which I took (using a camera phone) from the inside of a hospital room in Nottingham.
The door on the left was the entrance to the single room that I occupied last February.
The door on the right was the entrance to the en-suite bathroom.
If you’d just had surgery, would you be concerned about someone coming into the room and colliding with you as you were entering/exiting the bathroom? I was!
I couldn’t believe the stupidity of the design of this hospital room.