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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Packing for the World's Lamest Vacation

Tomorrow morning, I'll be heading to the hospital for a routine surgical procedure-- I'm having my gallbladder removed. It's given me so much trouble recently and made me so sick, that I'll be relieved to get it out of me. My surgeon and surgical team are super cool, I like the hospital where I'll be, and I have full confidence in the staff. But I'm still nervous. All I can think about is what perfume and skin care products I'm going to bring with me. Distracting myself with such thoughts is certainly my self-preservation kicking in.

Just hold still... this won't hurt a bit

Since I can't bring my cat Troutie (the perfect creature comfort creature), I'm going to bring a small variety of perfumes most of which are made by hand, by people I care about and who care about me. It's all about good vibes-- bottled.
Here's the short list:

Aroma M Geisha Amber Rouge: it's in a roll-on bottle so travels well, has maximum impact with minimal sillage, and it acts as a cashmere blanket for my soul. Prediction: When the nurses get close enough to me, they will want to know what I'm wearing and where they can buy it.

Aftelier Oud Luban: It's in solid form, another great traveller. It's warm and cozy but also edgy and smoky. It reminds me of the best parts of myself, and it feels like an extension of Mandy. It's the best of both worlds. Prediction: My husband will comment on how amazing it smells. He always does, and it's gratifying when he notices and comments on whatever scent I'm wearing.

Opus Oils Giggle Water: Another roll-on bottle, this time filled with a cheerful orange blossom scent spiked with Kedra Hart's signature. a long-lingering soft musk. It makes me feel like the sun is out and I'm being warmed by its rays. A perfect reflection of Kedra's personality-- playful and engaging with a bit of the animal thrown in for good measure. Prediction: Men comment on this one. If I were single, I think I could feasibly get myself a surgeon  or anesthesiologist boyfriend.

Now, on to the skin care oils or balms. I said I'd bring two- one for face, one for body, but I don't think I can stick to two. Here are my must-haves:

Decleor Angelique Night Balm: I use it over retinol cream every night, and when I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, I am very, very happy with what I see. Hydrates and protects to the max. Superb!

Aftelier Wild Orange Face Elixir: A perfect light to medium weight oil that my skin adores, and the fragrance makes me swoon. Patchouli and Cedarwood join the Wild Orange to facilitate the ideal indulgent skin care ritual. I use what's leftover on my hands to massage into my cuticles. It works even better than my expensive Decleor cuticle oil.

Red Flower Essential Omega Fresh Berry Oil: I can use this to soothe irritations and moisturize my face and body. I love the scent, which smells like pulverized berry seeds, a tiny bit of mint and a little bit of brightness from bergamot. It's a truly elegant multi-use oil that I've come to rely heavily on.

Ole Henriksen Lavender Body Oil: Since my pal Nav was so nice to send me a giant vat of this gorgeous stuff, I'm partying like it's 1999. I can only imagine the dry air in the hospital, and what sort of odors it will carry, and lavender is the perfect bodily spell to cast in order to protect my poor nose from any unwanted odors. Lavender: it's not just for dinner anymore.

I'm skipping the retinol, so that leaves room for one more thing... more perfume!

Amouage Library Collection Opus VI has been gobbling up all my stress and anxiety lately. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I might love it more than Opus V. Did you hear that, Mr. Chong? It's big, it's magnificent and it has unexpected facets that keep me interested. Full review to come soon. Prediction: If I'm feeling well enough, I will wear this, and others may be lucky enough to smell it because it does have some throw.

Bringing all these scented treasures with me is my way of protecting my state of mind in an unpredictable environment. They are my instruments to create balance and harmony-- it's the only healthy way to self-medicate that I know of, what about you?

EDIT 3/11/12: In the wake of The Great Hospital Fiasco of 2012, my skin went haywire. Within hours of entering the hospital, my cheeks and chest started reddening, and it only got worse from there. I have no idea what it is that made my skin freak, but I'm pretty sure it's airborne. I had my elite arsenal of skin care products at hand that temporarily soothed and hydrated for the longer term, but I've still got rosacea-like blotchiness on my face. I've never had rosacea before, but it wouldn't surprise me if I start getting it regularly now. Did I say that I loved that hospital and had faith in the staff? I retract all such complimentary statements. My surgeon is a badass and I like him quite a bit. Pretty much everyone else can go jump in the lake.
*CURTSY*

31 comments:

  1. Good luck. You will be the best smelling and most glowy gorgeous patient they ever had!!

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  2. Swift (and beautifully-scented) recovery to you!

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  3. Rootin' for you. I suspect Opus VI will carry you through like a Viking. I so can't wait to smell it.

    Hoping you'll be back on the blogline soon. I had my gallbladder out; it wasn't that debilitating after the first day or so.

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  4. I hope everything goes smoothly for you and that you're feeling fantastic soon with that darn gallbladder gone!

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  5. Suzanne's prediction: Carrie Meredith is going to get the best care of anyone in the hospital. You'll have them lined up at your bedside like no one else!

    Here's wishing you a short and pain-free stay at the hospital and a very speedy recovery at home.

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  6. Waiting for your recovery! Hugs!

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  7. Good luck with everything. I'll be thinking about you!!!!

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  8. All the best for you, dear Carrie! I wish you a speedy recovery, although the hospital will be sad to see the best smelling patient they ever had, go.
    xoxo

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  9. Good luck with your surgery, Carrie ~ can't wait to try some of these! I'm a new follower!
    Best,
    Anne

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  10. I hope you're getting better as I type this.

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  11. The hospital will smell unusually good with you in tow. Good luck and speedy recovery, Carrie!

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  12. I'm glad to hear that Opus VI has been gobbling up your anxiety. Must be amazing if you like it more than V! Love the sound of all your choices but will especially investigate Angelique Night Balm and man-magnet Giggle Water :)

    Wishing you all the very best for your procedure. Hope you make a swift recovery.

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  13. These sound like a perfect way to make your hospital stay more pleasant. I'm sending you good vibes for a problem-free procedure and quick recovery.

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  14. Thank you all for your kindness and well wishes! If only they'd brought about a most peaceful hospital stay. Things did not, unfortunately, go according to plan. At the very last minute, my doctor decided to make an abdominal incision to take out my gall bladder (there were complications... surprise!), so mow my stomach muscles are cut up and I have to learn to sit up again like a lil baby. Luckily, I have a patient husband and a cat who's got all the time in the world, and a Kickass Mom who sends me daisy bouquets, so I'm in good hands!

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    1. Sending lovies and healing vibes STAT! And internet {{{HUGS}}}

      Amanda

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    2. Oh no, Miss Carrie! I'm in the same toddler- ish position as you, only mine' appendectomy related. I can't budge an inch. Does yr insurance cover visiting nurse services?

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    3. I'm not sure if my insurance does cover that, but I think I'm improving each day. I've had Nurse Husband with me since the surgery, but unfortunately he must return to work tomorrow. He works cheap.

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    4. By the way Meg, how long will you be laid up from your surgery? I hope you heal up lickety split!

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    5. Oh no! I'm glad you're in good hands at least. Take care.

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  15. I was going to say that although I'm late leaving a comment, I hope everything went well... and then I saw what you wrote above.

    OUCH!!

    Take it one day at a time. You'll get better soon. And we'll all still be here waiting for you.

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    1. Thank you D! I'm doing better than I was a few days ago, that's for sure. I bet by next week I won't have much discomfort at all.

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    2. Glad you're on the mend (((hugs)))

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    3. Thank you Frida! Hugs right back atcha!

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  16. I had a similar experience after my knee surgery last week. They shaved the affected leg -- with my great-grandfather's old straight razor, I think -- and scrubbed the skin with Betadine. (This was done after I was already out and couldn't protest.) My leg is now covered with ingrown hairs, each follicle a bright red dot. I think I may have had a reaction to the Betadine, and, of course, the shaving.

    Betadine is an extremely common presurgical skin treatment. I'm wondering if you had a reaction to it too. Ask if they used it.

    Most skin rashes will respond to cortisone cream. Mine is, but slowly. Good luck!

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    1. They did use betadine on me! It took me awhile to figure out why my torso looked like it had a fake tan, but when I showered yesterday, it was gone. I don't have a sensitivity to it, but my facial skin freaking out at the hospital could have been caused by eighty-bazillion things. As soon as I got home and had access to all my good natural & organic products, I was fine. You really appreciate the stuff you love during crises or trauma, when only purity and gentleness will do.

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  17. I am glad to discover that you recovered well. I am impressed with your aresnal of products. I really need to smell this Opus VI since all bloggers are praising it so highly. Yes, I also love Opus V and I thought I was the only one for a minute. Well good to hear your skin is back to normal again - sounds like something that would happen to me...on a regular basis!

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    1. Hi Lexi! Thanks so much for your comment. Opus VI was the perfume I used most often, partially because it envelops me completely, and I needed that cocoon. Also, I love the red velved pouch and the feeling of the bottle in my hand. The entire experience is very satisfying to me.

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  18. Glad to hear you came through surgery okay! Been busy dealing with some life stuff over here, so didn't comment in a timely manner. :(

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