Sinus surgery recovery as a singer
January 15, 2013 10:06 AM Subscribe
After fighting a waxing / waning sinus infection for the past two and half years, I'm starting to accept the fact that I will probably need sinus surgery. Complication: I'm a working singer with a very busy year ahead of me. Can you help me understand the recovery process so I can figure out when to schedule this, if I need it?
posted by KathrynT to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I got this sinus infection in June of 2010, and I have not been completely well since. I've tried antibiotics (amoxicillin, augmentin, Z-packs by the fistfuls, Keflex, clindamycin, and Levaquin), steroids (flonase and prednisone), antihistamines (Zyrtec and Allegra), daily sinus lavage, and giving up milk and wheat. Nothing has gotten me better. In addition to the problems caused by the sinus infection, the pressure is exacerbating a probably-extant balance disorder to the point where it's interfering with my daily activities, so this has to get fixed. A sinus CT showed "significant chronic disease, inflammation, thickening, drainage, and debris" in my right maxillary sinus and my ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses. I'm on a hail-mary regimen of 2 weeks of Augmentin and a 3-week burst/taper dose of prednisone, but my hopes are not high.
Here's the complication: I'm a classical singer. I JUST took a new job at a church, and I have concerts with other organizations in March, April, May, and June. I was planning a trip that would involve a plane flight in July, and rehearsals for my next season start again in August; I have 9 or 10 concert series in the 2013-2014 season, outside of my church job.
How long after sinus surgery will I be able to sing? I would be having this done at the University of Washington, and they'll consult with a vocal specialist before or during the surgery, so I feel pretty confident that I'll be in good hands. Will I be out of commission for a week? Three? Six? When can I fly? As it stands, every time I get sick, I lose my voice, so there are also consequences to waiting.
(Also, as an extra bonus question, how long will I need someone taking care of me, and how long will I need someone here to help me take care of my children? I'm their primary caregiver during the day.)