Boy, my heart goes out to you in dealing with the infection! I can't believe they didn't give you something to at least calm your nerves up front. I had surgery about 14 years ago to enlarge the openings to my sinuses, because they weren't draining. The did not put me under, because the procedure was done so close to the brain, and they wanted feedback if they probed too far. They did give me something to put me in a relaxed state however.
I hope that you have gotten the rain and pain out of your system, and will have smooth sailing in Carolina! Syd