Friday, March 7, 2014

GB ByeBye

I've been laying in bed a lot. Not because I'm lazy or tired but because yes, I had my gallbladder out a few weeks ago. And I must say it was harder than everyone said it would be. 

I had been having problems for quite a while and didn't know it, so when my gallbladder attack happened Christmas Eve and I realized it wasn't the flu, I knew I had to have it checked out. Babyhead has been worried, so much so that we couldn't even speak the word "surgery". We had to refer to said word with the word "blank". He's 7. That is how he copes. 

Anyway, it's best to elect to have surgery than to have the gallbladder burst and risk all sorts of horrible scenarios, so I did just that. I worked everyday up to the dreaded date, losing 10 lbs. in the process (there's a silver lining to everything people- which actually I am using as my springboard to fitness, but that's another post). 

You hear all sorts of things from people when one is confronted with adversity etc. One of the worst for me was that the surgery was "a piece of cake." Huh? In who's world? It's surgery for heavens sake!! They enter your body from 5 different points, I look like a drive by, my body riddled with bullets! Really? I'm still trying to figure out my new options for a bikini! 

Well anyway, when I was told about the surgery prep by my nurse at my pre-op appointment I was worried. I'll tell you now- one of the hardest parts of having surgery was of course the surgery itself, BUT one of the other hardest things that I lamented over was the banning of ALL products! No body lotion, no skin care, no eye cream, no perfumes, and worst of all--- NO HAIR PRODUCT!!! WHAT????

The night before my surgery I was getting ready for bed using the strange sterile shower soap one must use that night and in the AM before you leave for the hospital, when I noticed Babyhead standing staring at me in the bathroom doorway. I was attempting to run a pick (yeah--think 1979) through the twisted storm on my head which was my hair. 

"Momma? What's wrong with your hair? Where are the curls ? It looks like a big dry cotton ball!!" He commenced to giggling and ran off as I stared at my Afro because honey, that's what it was. I use on average 3-4 products daily just to get a handle on it. I can't wear hats unless I use practically a bucket of gel to contain it. But did you know gel especially is flammable in the OR? Who knew? My mom, a retired CCRN knows me so well, even called that night and said "you better not put anything in your hair- it's too dangerous!" 

Huh? I seemed to be saying that lot during this journey. NO hair product ?? I was having nightmares of trying to just fit my hair under the surgery cap when I'd wake up in a cold sweat! My husband would just look at me as I ranted about the unbelievable notion of no products and say "Baby- it's One day!" Look- how can he understand? He shaves his head 2x a week!! 

After Babyhead's outburst I realized the product I missed and needed most of all: MoroccanOil Curl Defining Cream--if you have curly hair this product will change your life! It changed mine!! My hair dresser TT from Vain hipped me to it about 2 years ago and I've never looked back. I leave it in just after shampooing--and it makes every curl look fabulous!! I use the oil too. And it smells devine! I use it on Babyhead and people are constantly asking what do I put in his hair- it smells so yummy!! 

I'm doing so much better after surgery and I have a newfound respect for the role our products play in our lives. And quiet as it's kept, I put just a teeny teeny bit in my hair that night before I secured it in little Afro puffs. Shhh- don't tell.

Run don't walk and pick up this magical bottle-----you're welcome.