The surgery went well -- thank you for your kind comments and prayers!
I really thought that sinus pain/nasal sensitivity was going to be the most challenging part of the recovery after my septoplasty and turbinate reduction, but I honestly haven't felt pain at all -- just a little discomfort, ameliorated by saline washes and some Tylenol (I haven't even had to take the pain meds that the doc prescribed). It was really the anesthesia that had the most powerful effect on my body, followed by the post-surgery antibiotics. It has taken me a week to shake off the dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea and to regain a clear head, but I'm on the mend and feeling so much better.
In fact, today I finally got so fed up with vegging on the couch and watching TV (something I never, ever thought that I could ever tire of doing) that I summoned a little burst of creative energy and played some ICAD catch-up for days 2-4.
One Art" ("The art of losing isn't hard to master; / so many things seem filled with the intent / to be lost that their loss is no disaster"). I also worked in "found" items from the mail.
These are simple little cards, but they have helped me to revive my spirits and to welcome color back into my life.