A few months ago I shared some of the best products that have helped to transform my acne-prone skin. I have suffered from acne for so long it had taken over my life. I can now say that I have a regime that keeps my skin clear and blemish-free. For many years I have heard that acne-prone skin wasn’t suitable for facial oils due to the fact many were non-comedogenic. Basically, oils would clog the pores and create more or aggravate the existing acne. So I always stayed away from them, until now.VIEW POST
One thing I hate doing is just laying around doing nothing. It drives me insane but sometimes the body just needs rest. I am currently recovering from my surgery and have been assigned to bed rest. Boy ole boy, I thought was gonna go nuts. If I’m honest with myself I can honestly say it was what I needed. My life for the past few months has been nonstop photoshoots, homeschooling, and entrepreneurship. Not complaining at all but it’s very taxing on the body after some time. This was just what the doctor ordered.VIEW POST
Today marks my official two weeks pre-op of my Fibroadenoma and breast reconstructive surgery. I shared in a previous blog post HERE what a Fibroadenoma is and how it has totally disrupted my life. I have also created a vlog series discussing it and sharing it with you behind the scenes of my various doctor’s appointments and exams. I want to share what I’m doing to prepare for my breast surgery as well as some tips to help you if you are going in for any breast-related surgery.
Now that I have finally made a decision on the type of reconstructive surgery that is right for me I am 2 weeks away from my surgery date. Today I wanted to share with you some of the things I am doing in preparation for my surgery. I have a small list of things to buy and ways in which I have to prep my home and life to make the recovery process smooth and easy.
- Spray Deodorant
- Arnica Tablets
- Antibacterial Soap Dial
- Hibiclens Wash
- Zip Hoodie
- Zip Sports Bar
- Ice Pack
- Scar Gel
- Body Pillow
- Singular Tablets (ASK DOCTOR)
I really did a mock trial of my day without me being able to raise my hands over my shoulders and let me tell you I laughed so hard. You will be shocked at how often you raise your hands over your shoulder in a single day. I’m sure there may be things I’ve missed and this list will continue to grow as I get closer to my date and even after recovery. Make sure you bookmark this page so you won’t miss any updates.
In addition to purchasing items for my post-operative care, I also need to organize other aspects of my life. One of the things I realized I would need to do would be to reorganize my kitchen. As you saw in my provided list I also purchased some reusable straws because it will be hard for me to raise my arms to drink out of a standard cup. this may seem very silly however you will realize fairly quickly how much you use your arms and shoulders for daily activities like reaching for a cup in the cabinet. I decided to reorganize my kitchen to make things more accessible to me so that I would not have to rely on others for my basic necessities. I also made sure to get plenty of groceries and things that I would need to help with inflammation and to flush all of the anesthesia from my system. My grocery list consists of pineapples to help with swelling lots of low-sodium soup and crackers. Powerade and Gatorade to help replenish my electrolytes but also plenty of water.
Here are the things I have STOPPED doing two weeks out from my surgery.
1.Stop taking Advil. Advil is a blood thinner and is not advised to use post surgery. I am not a medical professional but I’m sure you don’t want thin blood before any surgery.
2. Stop drinking. This is for many reasons.
3. Stay out of the sun. The worst thing you can do is have your skin sensitive and peeling before and after a surgery. Can you imagine how the itching would be? Tragic!
4. Clean up your diet. This is something we should always strive to do. But lay off the foods high in salt and sugar. They will add water weight and excess bloating. This is what we are trying to avoid.
5. This is optional but I suggest taking Singular. PLEASE consult your doctor first. It’s a generic form of allergy medication. I have done a bit of research and if you are having any breast surgery you run the risk of capitular contraption. This is a build-up of scar tissue which can cause other issues. Taking Singular before and after surgery has been linked to decreasing the risk of capitular contraction.
It’s also important that I note. A week before I will ask the doctor for my prescriptions to have them filled ahead of time. I will also shave and start washing with the Hibiclens soap a few days before surgery to rid my body of any bacteria. Then switch to the Dial soap to use around my incision areas.
I have also been mindful of my children’s new virtual learning schedule. This is where the extra pills will come in handy. My bed will be transformed into a classroom for a few days. I have scheduled time to do their hair in a protective style that wouldn’t require me to touch it up for 2 to 3 weeks. Also for my hair, I knew I would need a hairstyle that would be maintenance-free so I have decided to add braids to my hair as well. One thing that I did not look forward to was catching up on all of my laundry which is a must-have for this type of preparation. it is vital that my home is clean and organized because I will not be able to do any major cleaning for the next few weeks. This also goes for making sure my dog has her bath and her nails are groomed as well. These are the things that oftentimes are not thought about until you’re laid up in bed not able to move and realize you have a lot of work that still needs to be done. So for me planning ahead is critical.
I hope this post has helped you plan for your surgery day. As I mentioned previously, This post will be updated if I find there are other things I purchase or find would be of help to you. If you missed my Vlog series on this topic I will link it HERE.
Let’s discuss breast health, shall we? This is a topic that is highly marketed yet not thoroughly discussed in my opinion. There are many forms of breast elements that are not highly publicized especially within the African American community. So today I am sharing with you my story of dealing with Fibroadenoma. With the hope that it will motivate you to become proactive with your health, especially your breast health. Today’s post is one I pray you pay close attention too. This journey for me is just the beginning and I’ve decided to share it with you all via my YouTube channel as well. Recently, I’ve been creating video vlogs sharing with you everything from my doctors’ appointments to breast exams. It has not been easy and some days are better than others. But I am prayerful that it will help encourage someone else who may be experiencing the same things.
I have been diagnosed with a large breast Fibroadenoma. What is a Fibroadenoma? Fibroadenomas are a solid, usually noncancerous breast lumps that occur most often in women between the ages of 15 and 35. Mine happened to accrue at the age of 35. A fibroadenoma might feel firm, smooth, rubbery, or hard and has a well-defined shape. In my case, it was well defined as a smooth round ball shape. When I first discovered the mass, it was like finding a piece of popcorn that sometimes falls down your shirt. You know it’s something there but you keep feeling around until you can find it lol. So, I was shocked, to say the least. It really came out of nowhere. This was early detection at its finest. I usually check my breast and body once a week for changes and marks. I never thought I would find something but I did.VIEW POST
Who loves animal print? I feel like animal print should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe and I happen to absolutely love the print. There is something very vivacious about having animal print in your wardrobe and this dress made me feel extremely sexy. I recently picked up a few dresses from BooHoo and this piece happened to be apart of the shopping haul. Not only was it figure-flattering but it was also budget-friendly. I was able to score this dress under $35 and my little sister has already tried to take it from me. The fabric is very breathable but the ruffle detail at the bottom of the dress really gives it a feminine flair.VIEW POST