The joys of juggling multiple diagnosis codes...
- Tressemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo Ulta.com I was introduced to dry shampoo back in mid-December when I underwent a Cystoscopy with Hydrodistention procedure. Immediately afterwards I had the most severe IC flare I had ever experienced and I officially graduated from the type of IC with frequency and little pain to the type with decreased frequency and significant pain. I was unable to stand long enough to even shower and baths were prohibited. Thanks, Doc. Anyhow I have since then tried pretty much every dry shampoo on the market and this is the only one that leaves my hair with that fresh – not filmy – feeling. Plus it’s super affordable and you can find the travel size bottle at most pharmacies – perfect for primping on the go.
- Rite Aid Brand Lavender Scented Epsom Salts RiteAid.com I really have no idea how these actually like, work – per se. But when I saw these I grabbed them because I know lavender is naturally soothing and it kind of somehow makes it seem a little less of a geriatric (or mature I guess is the more appropriate descriptor) product to me. I already had to price ‘sitz’ baths the other day at Walgreens. Allow me some dignity, please.
- ‘Rosy Lips’ Vaseline Lip Therapy Vaseline.com Super cheap, perfect sized, and the rosy scent reminds me of that Rosebud Salve they have in the impulse item section at Sephora for like twice the price.
- Johnson and Johnson Bedtime Bath JohnsonandJohnson.com So secretly I’ve continued to buy Johnson and Johnson Baby everything way past the point of maturity but it’s the best smelling line out there and it’s cheaper because it’s in the ‘Baby’ section of the drug store. And although it may seem a criminal offense at the checkout line, no one knows if you have kids or not so they usually let it slide It’s kind of like the friend you knew in high school that like, still insisted on going to her pediatrician for checkups. Somehow just feels wrong.
- Radial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic Nordstrom.com I honestly got this as part of an ipsy bag and I had it on on my bedside table as used it as a toner at night after washing my face and would spritz it on my face before I climbed into bed. Not only did it help brighten my skin, you literally spritz it on and let it dry which is amazing .because it saves on time and energy. Anyways by the time I get to that point in my nighttime routine, chances are I hurt all over and I’m irritable and frustrated and that time and energy I’ve saved is better spent in a dark room and a horizontal position.
- Sea Bands SeaBand.com I’m not sure that my nausea isn’t psychosomatic sometimes. When I get the dizziness or the ringing in my right ear I usually assume I’ll be vomiting too at some point because I start to think too hard about it. Anyhow either these things really work or I think they’ll work so I don’t think too hard and don’t throw up. The plus is: they’re not awful looking. The minus: you have to wear one on each wrist you look like you’ve been about clubbing. Take that over barfing any day.
- Baby Skin Instant Pore Erasing Primer Ulta.com I love the packaging honesty and I’m a big fan of Baby Lips. Does feel like it smooths out the surface of my skin under makeup and it stays on much longer. And it’s $5.99!!!
- Lumene Purity Dew Drops Hydrating Eye Gel Ulta.com I put this on in the morning and pat dry right before I apply my Boo-Boo Cover Up. Love the fact that it’s a gel because it goes on smoothly and it’s almost cooling. Great for bags.
- Davines More Inside Invisible Serum Davines.com Perfect size for travel. I use it throughout the day to tame my fly-always. Smells yummy and doesn’t leave build up behind.
- Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer Amazon.com I sang its praises in one of my previous posts. A little goes a long way so it justifies the price.
- Essie Grow Faster Base Coat Ulta.com Always been the best nail product line and again, the longevity and quality is worth the splurge. It’s a base coat but I wear it alone to keep it simple and it gives your nails a freshly buffed subtle shine.
- Philosophy Giving Grace Spray Fragrance Philosophy.com – I’m obsessed with everything Philosophy and always have one on hand to treat myself. To be honest, I never was a big perfume enthusiast until I started to get sick and realized that it’s not just something you use to attract others – it also can be something you use to feel more beautiful. Which is always a plus when you feel like shit. Better than smelling like it, I suppose.
The restorative effects of reorganization...
That’s been my mantra ever since I decided it was just easier for me to become my own Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and I read that someone like me is usually better off going along with their second thought rather than their first. So I pace myself in escalating situations by consciously remembering to stop and breathe long enough to repeat it in my head. Unfortunately, today I literally felt myself roll my eyes while repeating this phrase for the umpteeth time because it’s now officially reached the point when I am even sick of the sound of my own voice – or what’s left of it because I get to add asthma to the list of my diagnosis codes. So, instead…I wrote a list of things that I am thankful for today.
- Maxi dresses
- On Demand
- Lavender scented Epsom salts from Rite Aid
- Sea bands
- This you tube audio recording of an Alan Watts lecture called ‘The Art of Dealing With Pain’ https://youtu.be/HNeaZeFbhH0
- Tressemmé ‘Fresh Start’ Dry Shampoo
- Guided meditation
- Big Little Lies on HBO
- This learning experience (and the learned ability to see it as so)
If even numbers didn’t drive me up the wall my number 11 would be the fact that I had the forethought to memorize that phrase – ‘this is just a test’ – because that’s just about the only damn thing I can remember nowadays. Hello, Brain Fog. Welcome to the club. You may want to take a number.