Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Worst pain yet?

When the doctor removed my gall bladder, I thought, "no pain can exceed this one." When the doctor removed my appendix, I thought, "oh, the gall bladder was worse. That had four incisions; this one is only three. Good." When the doctor unpacked two feet of gauze and crowbar-sized tubes out of my nostrils after sinus surgery, I thought, "surely, this is giving birth through the nose." Nothing can top it. The past week, my body dumped me in the freshest of hells.

My face is angry. Have you ever had lips so chapped that you tried puckering your lips to stop the burning sensation that applying chapstick slapped on your kisser? Has the sun ever burned you so badly that sheets of skin started falling off of your back? Every time you took a shower, little skin monsters kept tumbling off just by patting yourself (ever so slightly) dry with a towel? Well, my face has entered this eighth circle of hell. That saying "oh, your face hurts? Well, it's killing me?" My face hurts, and I think it's killing me. It burns, it itches, it cracks, and it peels. And I have zero idea what's causing it.  Please, face, let there be an end in sight.

The kind employee at Sephora stocked me with samples that will hopefully usher in some semblance of relief. I am using the First Aid Beauty lotion, and it's helped more than anything else thus far, so let's keep it positive here, folks. I can't go around like Mr. Goldmember from Austin Powers forever.

Thankfully, I have a stallion-sized sense of humor. If that breaks, it looks like I'm pretty much screwed.

Anyway, I haven't felt much like getting Mom to take pictures of me because my face hurts, and all I want to do is roll around in a vat of aloe. I don't think Blogland wants that actual visual, so I'm sparing you all. However, I don't mind snapping some grainy iPhone shots for your viewing pleasure. (Trust me. You don't really want to see what I'm working with over here. A spoon full of blurriness makes the medicine go down.)

If my face is making me uncomfortable, I might as well wear comfortable things. Like the frock I wore to friends' renovation housewarming. I jazzed it up a bit with my new necklace that I ordered online to reach the free shipping minimum; I had every intention of returning it and then I tried it on. Game over. I also intended on returning this shirt (ordered it for the same reason as the necklace), but its softness had me at its cozy hello. I returned all of the items I expected to keep and kept all of the items I expected to return. What a crazy (re)turn of events.

The Look:
Shirt: Gap (exact for $22.95--I'm thinking of getting other colors.)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (exact in three colors)
Skirt: Elle via Kohl's (similar for $9.95)

(In these pictures, make-up disguises the wounds quite nicely. It's not covering it so well anymore. Oh, bother.) 


  1. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about your skin! And your dermatologist doesn't know what's causing it either? Well I hope it gets much better very soon! Meanwhile, you are looking super cute and cozy in this adorable outfit. Those tees look incredible, I'm very tempted.

  2. Oh NO! How terrible! Have you been to your dermatologist? I am the queen of skin issues so I have felt your pain...literally! I hope your face feels happy soon!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear what you're going through. I can't say I've ever experienced anything like you, except one time I got super sun burned from head to toe and the only thing that provided any relief was yogurt. My mom warned me the sun in Greece is more intense than the sun in Michigan, but I didn't listen. Now I (almost) always listen to her. Oh and my hormones are way out of whack right now so I'll be working on some homework and then want to start sobbing- for no reason. That really sucks, too. Anyway, I hope you figure out what it is (I'm sure you've already WebMD'd it, so I won't bother doing it for you) and that the pain goes away soon!

  4. oh man, I'm so sorry about your face! Wait, that came out wrong. I hope you can get it figured out soon. My face is always causing me trouble, but it usually doesn't hurt, except for that one time when my doctor gave me some face cream that was suppose to help and then my entire face peeled off and felt like burning. It actually sounds kind of similar to what you are describing. Pretty sure they gave me something that is for oily skin redness, when I needed something for dry skin redness.

    Anyway, at least you look completely cute and normal in the pictures!

  5. I am hurting for you! What does your doctor say? I hope you find some relief quickly!!!!

  6. That does not sound fun at all!! I wonder if it's the weather or allergies? Yikes. I hope you find out some answers soon!

  7. Oh my goodness!! I can't imagine the pain you're going through right now, not to mention the constant reminder when you look in the mirror. If it's dry and cracking and irritated, I would recommend trying coconut oil. It's all natural and has anti-fungus and anti-bacterial properties without any harsh chemicals. Just wet your face, then take a pea sized amount of the solid and wet it in your hands and rub them together to melt the solid. Then just rub it all in and wait for it to be absorbed. It takes much longer than lotion so it's best to use it night. You can always pat your face dry too. It's super moisturizing and non-irritating. I sure hope you start to feel better soon!

  8. DANG. That sounds awful. I'm so sorry :( I remember Jess from Animated Cardigan had a similar thing happen to her awhile back, and it turns out she was allergic to bananas...I wonder if you're having an allergic reaction to something?? Either way, I REALLY hope that you got some relief and/or an explanation for what happened. Thinking of you, dear friend.


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