“When Erika Schneider had surgery to address a common nasal complaint in the early 2000s, she was expecting a relatively speedy recovery. The operation to fix her allergy symptoms and snoring was fairly routine. It was an easy outpatient surgery, to correct a deviated septum — the thin bony structure in the centre of the nose.
- “I wasn’t going to have to stay overnight. I just didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal, and I was not told of any complications,” she said.
Unfortunately what followed was more than a decade of pain, discomfort and sleepless nights — underpinned by an alarming sensation. To this day, Ms Schneider feels like she can’t breathe,