I got the packings removed from my nostrils today!!!!
It would have been done in the morning, but the doc had a surgery and rescheduled me to the afternoon.
Ying was there for the "event" ...
Her reaction was "EWWWWWW!"
The doc literally extracted a 3-inch-long, 1cm round rectangular foam tube from each of my nostrils. It felt like he was pulling something out of my brain. I wouldn't say that pulling it out hurt; but it was definitely a strange feeling I've never felt before.
The instant he pulled out the packings I could breathe through both nostrils. The difference was night and day!! I can breathe!!!
I still have a week to go I think before total healing... My left nostril that got the most work is still very very tender, sore and bleeding a little bit. And I have a LOT of leftover snot that I can't blow out for risk of opening the surgery wounds. So I've resigned to snorting and hocking a lot. Doc prescribed an off-the-shelf saline nasal spray (brand: Ocean) to use 4 times a day to help recovery.
Nose is normal sized now too! Too late to take pics, but I'll update Tuesday afternoon.
^-regular sized nose again!