How NOT To Recover From Sinus Surgery
Welcome to my first post! My name is Lauren, I'm a soprano, and I just had surgery on my sinuses - yay! Well, to be fair, I needed it. I was struggling to breathe through my nose on a daily basis, and almost any singer would cringe at the thought of having a permanent cold, let alone an on-going sinus infection, but here I am! I'm in about week 3 of recovery now, and to be honest, I'm so fed up.
As anyone who knows me could tell you - I don't like to sit still. I sat still for 3 years while I recovered from Crohn's Disease (another story for another time), I don't have time to sit still anymore! But if I could give you one piece of advice if you're about to have surgery on your sinuses: SIT STILL AND HEAL. Seriously, face surgery hurts.
So prior to my surgery, I went to New Zealand, watched my bestie get married, came back, and performed a week of shows at the Logan Entertainment Centre, all pretty much without a nose. Not an easy feat, I assure you. Flying with a blocked nose is one thing, but singing a whole musical night after night is a totally different ball game! But, I made it through, and no one really noticed... I hope.
Two days after we closed Billy Buckett at the LEC, I went into surgery. Day one was amazing! I felt so good. I was sure I'd be climbing mountains by the end of the week.
Long story short - I was forced to sit still a little bit longer than I'd wanted to, but while I've sitting here, I've had a lot of time to think. I've thought about Brisbane (where I live), about musical theatre (what I love), about what I wanted to do with my life, and about how practical it was to pursue it in Queensland. At the end of the 2nd week I did what any sensible person would do: I decided to move to Melbourne.
That's right, you read that correctly - this crazy person is moving to the Big Smoke!
I'll be leaving at the end of July to start my new adventure, so feel free to follow along with me as I figure out just how to achieve being a classically trained, working soprano in a world gone mad for modern musicals.
Look out Melbourne, I'm coming for ya!