This was it. On the morning of July 31st, I walked into MVP Plastic Surgery for my rhinoplasty surgery appointment. To back up a bit, I checked into Sunshine Hotel the evening before to relax and keep a calm mind before my surgery. I fasted started at midnight or so. Back to the 31st. I checked into the clinic at around 9am. The receptionist told me to wait a bit since I was still early for my 9:20am check-in time. After a bit, the receptionist took me to the locker room to change into the surgery robes. It was kind of luxurious to be honest. They even gave me some disposable panties! I’m all for comfy disposable panties.
I had to put all of my belongings into these tote bags that were to be taken up to surgery with me. My consultant (Elizabeth) came to meet me as I was washing my face and rinsing for the last time before surgery. We went to a consultation room to go over the final surgery procedure and checklist. It was basically to confirm that I followed all of their directions. I also had to sign my life away on a dotted line. Afterwards, I met with Dr. Seo so that he could mark up my face for the surgery. He was kind and calming, which definitely helped my nerves. I wished him luck before he headed up to the third floor to prepare for surgery. The plan was no different from what we discussed, except that he might use some of my ear cartilage if the donor cartilage was not enough.
I paid for the remainder of my surgery with cash and credit card. I gathered my belongings and Elizabeth helped me haul everything up to my recovery room on the 3rd floor. I was given a few minutes to call my mom and friends as well as use the bathroom. I called my mom and texted a few people. I put away my stuff and headed off the surgery room. Everything happened so fast! They strapped me down to the operating table. The put these heartbeat readers on my toenails. They put some heart rate markers on my chest. I was injected with some anesthesia. They pulled my hair back with a hairband. The anesthesiologist put a gas mask over and told me to breathe in and out. I did this about three times and started to think that I was a BADASS since nothing was happening. Then…… I FELT A WARM TINGLY SENSATION IN MY THROAT. It reminds me of that exact moment when soju hits you. Like, really HITS YOU and you know that the next day will be a shitshow. After that tingly feeling, apparently, I WAS OUT.
The next thing I remember was waking up in the recovery room. I have no recollection of walking back to the recovery room hahaha. Elizabeth told me I was OUTTTTTTTTT! Apparently, I kept trying to touch my nose to see if it was still there. The first moment of consciousness I remember was me sitting up on the recovery bed and the nurse walking in saying “어머 어머!” I remember mumbling the words “화장실” and I was shuttled off to the bathroom with the IV drip attached to me.
… I am not sure how and why I was striking a pose while high as a kite on meds. I started to regain consciousness and was propped up on my pillow. Elizabeth helped me get my phone so I could contact Irene. Bless Irene, she was already on her way to find me when I texted her. I also remember seeing a message from Joe about vocabulary quizzes. So sadly, after surgery, my first full conscious and aware thought was about a vocabulary quiz -________- Elizabeth later said that I woke up from surgery mumbling about a monthly test -________________________- Irene showed up soon after that to keep me company. It was so nice having her there since I’m not sure how I would’ve gotten back to my hotel room on my own. After resting at the hospital for another hour or so, I changed back into regular clothes and got ready to leave. They gave me some directions about post-op care, but shiiiiiiit, I didn’t remember any of it hahahaha.
Irene carted me back to my hotel room and stayed with me until I was comfortable enough to hang out on my own. Bless her! I was sleepy if anything. When she left, I ate the pumpkin porridge MVP had ordered for me. Chewing was hard, so I just ate small spoonfuls at a time. I only ate so I could take my medicine. After that, I passed the f*ck out. I didn’t care about my sleeping schedule anymore. I just knocked out with my pillows propped up (I was told to sleep at a 45 degree angle). So, from 7pm to 11pm, I napped. I woke up briefly to surf the web & call my mom. Then I just started eating again hahaha. And soon after that, I passed out again.
So, that was my surgery. People on the forums were right… the anesthesiologist was a NINJA. I’m currently recovering at home right now. It’s not that bad actually… I’m not in any sort of pain. I just have a stuffy nose & my nostrils are a bit dry… Kind of like Spongebob without water. So mild discomfort, but honestly, having a cold is more painful.