New Update From My Surgeon
Yesterday I saw my doctor for the first time since my second surgery. I didn’t get the news I was hoping for, so it was really amazing to come home to an awesome gift from MEGAN. It turns out she’s not just an awesome friend and the best runner I know, but she’s also super talented at making DIY ornaments!
She made me a Christmas ornament and even put my
son’s Cecil’s name in it. I think Cecil could smell her cats Christmas and Jelly on the ornament because he sniffed it for a very long time :). It’s so pretty! Thank you Megan we love it!
Okay, so what happened at the doctor? He didn’t take my stitches out because the wound is still not totally closed. Because it’s not closed the stitches stay in for two more weeks and I’m not allowed to do any activity, most especially running, until the stitches come out.
This was the first time I’ve seen my doctor since the surgery, except for a few seconds when I was waking up from the anesthesia. He told me when he went in to do the debridement he found there really wasn’t an infection, just some dead tissue and fibrous material that he had to clean up.
That kind of stinks because if we knew there was no infection I wouldn’t have had to take the antibiotics and I wouldn’t have spent all of Thanksgiving weekend with a full body rash/hives. Oh well.
Every time I start to feel badly about this whole thing I remind myself that I chose to do this. I made the decision to get the fasciotomies because they will hopefully enable me to run for the rest of my life. In the grand scheme of things, a few months off in 2017 isn’t going to make a difference.
Except it is mentally taxing to not be able to do the thing I love, and it sucks to feel like the runner part of my identity is totally shelved. It was/is a big part of my identity and somedays I actually feel totally lost without it. The uplifting news is that as soon as this damn incision heals I’ll be DONE with this chapter of my life.
I’ve been filling the void of non-running with a little too much shopping :).
Tuesday after work I went to the mall because I knew Adam was going to get home late. I treated myself to some new skincare. I’ve been dealing with foundation separation on patches of my forehead which I believe is because I haven’t been exfoliating. I picked up a three pack of exfoliators from Ole Henriksen and tried the Pore-Balance Sauna Scrub.
I don’t know if there is really anything special about the scrub. Probably any exfoliator would have gotten the job done, but this scrub is an EXPERIENCE!
I didn’t really know what “sauna scrub” meant until I put it on…
When you rub the exfoliator on your face it applies warm like you’ve just walked into a sauna, but when you rinse it off your face feels cool like you’ve just walked out of the sauna into air conditioning! No idea if that’s just a trick to make you think it’s doing something magical but it just feels nice. I’ll definitely be using this for the long-run.
It also did exfoliate well and when I applied my foundation yesterday there was much less separation.
The three scrub gift set is only $25 at Sephora right now if you’re interested!
What’s your current favorite skincare brand?
Do you like doing DIY projects?
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