I'll try to make this short. About 13 years ago (my first year teaching), I was in a horribly bad car accident. The airbag saved me, but resulted in a broken nose. My nose didn't heal properly and has looked crooked all these years. I've accepted the way it looks, however, it has also impeded my breathing quite significantly. Long story short, I've saved up the money for a rhinoplasty and septoplasty. I can't wait to get it done as I've forgotten what it's like to breathe properly and have a normal looking nose. Anyway, there's a particular surgeon in the Bay Area who I want to perform the surgery. Unfortunately, he can't get me in until July 13th. I go back to work on July 23rd, so I've only got 10 days to heal. He says I'll probably still have black eyes when I go back to work and that there will still be some swelling. I have Admin Summit (meetings/seminars for all district leaders) the week of the 23rd. I'm so nervous that I'm going to look like I got in a really bad bar fight and lost!