cast off!! very swollen!

I've hated the way my nose has looked since the...

I've hated the way my nose has looked since the age of about 9 or 10. I hate people looking and me from the side and I feel like it's made me socially awkward throughout my teen years! I had my first consultation with my surgeon back in July. He is a well known surgeon in the u.k so I feel confident with him. I've arranged for my surgery to be on 12th December. I will have my 2nd consultation next month, but I'm extremely scared about the blood tests you have to get before the surgery, the general anesthesia and just generally being in a hospital. I always start to panic and feel faint when I think about a needle or if i'm in a hospital. I'm also scared about throwing up blood after waking up. Is there anything I can do to calm my nerves?

I'm starting to feel pretty excited for my surger...

I'm starting to feel pretty excited for my surger but I'm just still scared about those blood tests and the IV needle! Any suggestions on how I can calm my nerves?

The surgery still just doesn't seem real and it's...

The surgery still just doesn't seem real and it's only 2 months away!! I feel like I will chicken out at the last minute, but I know if I do, I'll regret it! I want to do it now. I can't live with my nose any longer! Has anyone got any advice on how to relax on the lead up to the big day?
Opps, I accidently put my updated review in the comments! Please ignore :)

So I forgot to write the date of my 2nd...

So I forgot to write the date of my 2nd consultation last time! It's Tuesday 6th November! This surgery is getting very close!!! Just under 2 months now. I do have a fear that I'm going to faint at some point in the procedure and I don't know how to deal with the faint feeling. Does anyone have any advice? Did you faint when you had the surgery?
I am getting excited now though, I just want it over an done with!

So it will be month soon until my surgery!! I'm...

So it will be month soon until my surgery!! I'm excited but it's just NOT sinking in that I will actually be having a rhinoplasty and now I'm worrying about the recovery. However my second consoltation is on Tuesday 6th, so hopefully it'll ease the anxiety.

I had my second consultation last Tuesday (6th...

I had my second consultation last Tuesday (6th Nov) and it went okay. Although it was a bit rushed and lasted only for about 20 minutes, I got to see the digital edit on the computer software again, I received a list of tablets and pill to take before and about an MRSA test and the dreaded blood tests! I'm not allowed Garlic 2 weeks before!!!! Never heard of this before!
The digital edited photo's were great. My nose will not be to small, but in proportion with my face, the bump will be removed and the bulbous nostril on the right side will be flat and the same as the left side, which is completely normal. I will try and get those digital editied photo's sent so I can upload them onto here!
I've been reading plenty of other people's experiences of their rhinoplasty's and I'm a little calmer, however, I have asked for Vailum to calm me down, which I will take the night before and the morning of surgery. As well as this, the surgeon said I can have gas, as I am only 17 and extremely frightened of hospitals and needles. Has anybody had Valium or gas before their rhinoplasty? I would love to hear your experiences!
This whole experience seems soo soooo so surreal and It's only literally a month away! I don't think I'm mentally prepared yet! :/

I have just uploaded some photos of my current...

I have just uploaded some photos of my current nose, but being as stupid as I am, I've uploaded the same photo 5 times!! haha.
I will upload the other photo's now :) I hope it works.

Omg... it's 1 MONTH TODAY!!!! :O I'm starting to...

Omg... it's 1 MONTH TODAY!!!! :O I'm starting to get really excited but at the same time I'm still really really really really scared! It just does not seem like it's real! But if I don't chicken out, I know I'll be pround of myself afterwards. I just want it over and done with now :)
Did anyone else feel exactly like this before their surgery? It would be great to hear some similar experiences! might help calm my nerves!

Blood and MRSA tests are booked for a week...

Blood and MRSA tests are booked for a week tomorrow - Wednesday 21st November. I'm so scared! I also got my edited before and after photo's sent, so it's made me quite excited now! I'm also kind of looking forward to taking valium.. I heard it really relaxes you, which should be good for me!
Next time I'll update will be after the blood tests.
Wish me luck :)

Yesterday I got the Valium tablets, and I'm...

Yesterday I got the Valium tablets, and I'm actually kind of looking forward to taking them hahah. I need to get the Bromelain and Arnica next week which should be easy to get.
Just one concern is eating the night before surgery. What would be some good things to eat the day before to fill me up and to prevent nausea?
Am I allowed water to take with the Valium tablets with the morning of surgery?
If you have Valium before surgery, what did you feel like, did you have worries at all? And what time did you take them the night before and day of surgery?

Had the blood tests today which went well! I was...

Had the blood tests today which went well! I was pretty calm and didn't feel faint at all!... very proud of myself :D
I also went to the hospital where the surgery will take place and it was like a hotel.. pretty nice! Feel a bit calmer about the surgery now after people telling me I'll be fine but i'm still a bit nervous about the G.A. :(. Now it's just the wait for the big day. I just want it over with and to carry on life with a nicer nose! :)

2 WEEKS TODAY!! :O omg!!! so close. I have to...

2 WEEKS TODAY!! :O omg!!! so close.
I have to start taking my bromelain and vitamin c tablets today! It's all becoming reality. I just want it to be over now so I can carry on with life happy and confident. (I hope)
Still quite scared though, mainly because of the fact I might not wake up or it'll go wrong or I might miss my old nose or the new tip of the new nose might turn up and that people will notice!

OOOooh it's SOOOO close... in 48 hours i'll have a...

OOOooh it's SOOOO close... in 48 hours i'll have a new nose!
The anticipation is killing me, i'm extremely nervous and scared, but excited at the same time. Strange feeling.
I just need reassurance that everything will be alright and GA isn't as bad as you think. I really don't want to chicken out, and i'll regret it so much if I do. I have to keep saying to myself i can't :(
Wish me LOTS of luck! :)

I hope the Valium works too!!

I hope the Valium works too!!

So tomorrow is the big day. Everything has become...

So tomorrow is the big day. Everything has become so real, and i've been pretty calm up until now. I can't wait to take that valium, I just hope it works. I just want to get it over with now, but the nerves are kicking in big time. Every other persons experience i've read has been very positive, so I'm praying to god that mine will be too!!
Does anyone have any last minute advice? I'd appreciate it. Wish me luck! :)

Everything is done. I was pretty scared this...

Everything is done. I was pretty scared this morning going down to surgery! I took 2 valium tablets last night, but they didn't really do much. I took one this morning, it made me feel sick. I got to the hospital at about 8:30am and went to the OR about 9:15 or something. I was extremely nervous. I had the choice between gas or a needle GA and chose needle because apparently it was quicker. The needle didn't hurt .. I was just scared of being 'shut down'. I was out within 2 seconds! When I woke up, I was in the recovery room and it honestly just felt like I'd woken up from a deep sleep. No pain, just a bit tired.
I stayed there for about 30 minutes and went back to my room. Felt a bit tired, and had a bit of nausea. The nurse gave me something through the IV and I felt better within about 30 minutes, although this made me really tired. Apart from that, I haven't been tired at all/ I drank a lot of water too, which helped because it made me need the toilet which got the GA out of my system. I have a bit of a sore throat but it's not awful - yet.
I'm just praying that the rest of the recovery is easy and smooth. I don't want to feel nauseous again, it's a horrible feeling. Eating is pretty tough so far, could only really eat soup. I'm hoping this will get better.
Swelling isn't too bad so far. I've got a a blacky/purple bruise under my left eye. I feel very conjested and stuffy and swallowing isn't good as it makes me sort of blow my nose.
Another thing I'm quite worried about is that my surgeon said my nose was difficult. He said it could possibly cave in where he removed the cartilige on the right side when I'm older.
To anybody who's thinking about rhinoplasty or going to have it, it isn't really as bad as you think. The GA wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The nausea isn't so nice after, but I guess not everyone has that. But i'm only 17 and terrified of needles, so if I can do it, so can you! :D

Feeling very tired now, but can't sleep at all! I...

Feeling very tired now, but can't sleep at all! I keep waking up every 5 minutes having mini panic attacks because I can't breathe through my nose I also felt myself leaning back at one point.
Did anyone else experience this?

Have to say, the first night was not fun at all....

Have to say, the first night was not fun at all. Waking up every 10 minutes gasping for some water!! I hate not being able to breathe through my nose but I've got to live with it now.
I really don't want to take the gauze off either because of the bloody side nostrils. Ahhhh, it's digusting.
How long does it typically take to gradually start breathing through your nose again?
Will try and upload photo's soon...

2 day post op wasn't so nice. I felt a lot of...

2 day post op wasn't so nice. I felt a lot of pressure around my nose and it was sore. I took the maximum amount of pain killers allowed and threw up. It was horrible. It made my nose feel a bit funny inside. The another annoying thing is that my nose sometimes gets trapped air in it. Sometimes I can breathe through it and sometimes I can't. It's also becoming itchy too :(
Ahhhh I just want this cast off on tuesday!!

Today I've felt much better! Sleeping hasn't...

Today I've felt much better! Sleeping hasn't actually been a problem, however my lower back/bum extremely hurts and gets so stiff and achy. I keep having to go on little walks around the house.
I'm just wondering when I will get my sense of taste and smell back? Is it when the cast comes off?
I can't wait to eat properly again! I love my food haha
Also, when the cast came off, were you able to chew properly again? Or was it still a bit numb?
1 more day until the cast comes off :) yay

Thank god the cast is off! It was such a drag. The...

Thank god the cast is off! It was such a drag. The last 2 days it started to itch where the stitches were which was extremely annoying.
Having the cast off was not a plesant experience. It felt as if my nose was being torn off my face. OUCH! The stitches also hurt but not as much as I thought they would. When the nurse cleaned the inside it hurt a bit too. Not all the gunk inside of my nose has gone because it's mostly dried blood and swelling so I can't breathe properly yet. I can smell a little bit and taste a bit too. A little better than it was.
When the cast came off, I looked into the mirror and my nose looked smaller. It looked very swollen, but it was smaller and neater. I don't look much different to how I was before, I just have a neater looking nose, which is what I wanted. But who knows, the swelling will go down and it might look a lot different. But it's nice.
I still can't move my upper lip, but managed to eat a sandwich which was nice because I've missed eating my favourite foods :)
Personally, I think the worst part of the whole experience is the anticipation before hand and the week with the cast on.
I will upload some pictures later or in a few days!

The surgeon also said it was a very very difficult...

The surgeon also said it was a very very difficult nose to do. He's done it but i'm scared I'll need revision surgery when I'm older.
At the moment I don't know what to think about it all, it's all a bit too much to take in. It's such a strange feeling.
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