My septoplasty experience – Part 2

Part 1 is here. Some of this may get a little TMI because I wanna share it all, especially for anyone googling about it as I was before.

My doctor explained that my nose had been swollen probably for all of my adult life. That in straightening my septum, it would probably look different, so I took this picture just in case.

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So, the night before my surgery, I did a face mask, removed my nail polish and freaked out. I couldn’t really sleep, I was anxious, worried. I don’t even remember what I tried to do or how I spent my night, but I fell asleep at about 4 am and woke up 2 hours later. My surgery was scheduled for 7:30 on Friday and I had to show up at the hospital at 6:30.

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My septoplasty experience – Part 1

This story kinda begins when I was like 8 or 9.

My cousins and I were playing a dumb game, I fell on my face and my nose bled a lot. The only part I honestly remember about this is falling, my sister only remembers the blood lol but you know, it stopped and my mom (like most parents back in the 80’s) thought “Aw, she’ll be fine!” and we all moved on. A lot of people have a deviated septum, with or without falling on their faces as kids.

On the other hand, I’ve always had respiratory allergies. I had asthma as a kid, and my whole family has nasal allergies (or what is really called allergic rhinitis). And over the years I learned to manage them and to live my life sort of okay. I went from one medication to another, not always having the best of time but doing fine. Looking back, I also figure that when you’re a young kid, nothing holds you back. I did 8 hours of dance every day when I had to and didn’t blink. I settled on Allegra when I was about 18, I think. It relieved my symptoms like no other medication and it was covered by my insurance so my life kinda changed.

About 3 years ago though, I made a decision to stop taking allergy medication. Essentially because I was living my life on Allegra daily and sometimes twice a day and I wanted to cut back on that much medication. I was approaching 30 and I wanted to learn to manage my allergies in a different way. Also Allegra stopped being covered by insurance and truth is that when you make your own money you think about it differently lol. So I did cut way back, I stopped taking it daily, I started to manage the things that I knew triggered my allergies better and ultimately, this turned out to be a good idea because my allergies started bothering me less frequently and I started needing way, way less medication.

Now, what didn’t improve however, was my breathing.

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On the subject of makeup

This is an upfront confession: I am obsessed with makeup.

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Sometimes I think that it’s because I grew up as an art kid, because I loved painting and watercolors and pencils. Art supplies gave me life, I would drool at the prospect of obtaining a new brush or a new set of paint, or – god help me! – new colors!

And I’ve figured that that is exactly what I get out of make up as a grown up. I drool at new brushes, at discovering new brands or products and – bless my heart – new colors! A new eyeshadow palette or a new lipstick makes my knees go weak.

The only difference is that now I put the colors on my face as opposed to those art projects my mom would go get framed and I wear it around as opposed to hanging it on my walls.

I understand women who feel like it’s too much work, too much money, too hard to maintain, too troublesome. It is all of those things, but I enjoy them all and that’s what makes all the difference for me.

But the thing is also, to me it’s so much about the ritual. Those 30-35 minutes I spend on myself every day before I set off, they are so peaceful, so quiet and enjoyable. I spend that time just with myself, I tune out all the outside and just play a ritual of painting.  It’s like a countdown to my day, and once I’m done I (put on my highlighter and) can get my day started.

We all have our rituals, I guess.