Surgery Recovery Part Two: Australian Christmas without Aircon

Hi!

So, as you might have garnered from the title, this is an update on life, and in particular, since my surgery. First of all, I have to admit I have been rather absent, but that’s intrinsically connected to the theme.

Pain

For a while there, I felt like I was doing quite well. I had to start my next semester over the summer, so I was weaning myself off painkillers, which wasn’t hard, because I didn’t feel like I needed them anyway. However, the surgeon was very disappointed in my lack of progress and muscle atrophy, although I hadn’t had any physio rehab at all, so I started going back to a Brisbane-based physio that specialises in hypermobility (one which has helped me more than any other physio I have ever been to – not just in terms of progress, which is incredible, but in actually understanding and being knowledgeable of what exactly is going on – instead of just pushing me to do thousands of full squats [insanely bad for my knees] or shaming me for not doing more heavy cardio or box jumps [wtf?!?!]) and started improving my mobility and range of motion (rather than having my leg straight out all the time). Okay, this has been extremely tough. So tough in fact, that I’ve had to get another prescription from the surgeon for Gabapentin, an anti-convulsant, because it seems to be the only thing that helps with widespread pain, and especially the nerve pain I’ve been getting, since there is a huge area with loss of sensation. Lately, I’ve felt like there isn’t even half of a day that’s gone by where I don’t have almost crippling pain, to the point of distraction. It exhausts me, but then I toss and turn all night, because my legs ache so badly.

Rehab

In spite of what I’ve said above, I’m quite happy with recovery overall, at least superficially. My scar is healing fantastically, thanks to Klairs Vitamin C Serum, and massage and stimulation has been helping the scar tissue and numb area. I’ve been bending my knee and walking a lot, which is a huge relief, because I was beginning to feel like a blob ordering everyone to wait on me, hand and…knee (yes, I hate myself extra for that one).

I suspect that it’s because of how the bones in my legs grew (long story short: weirdly), but I find that I simply cannot build up the muscle adequately in my medial quads – on both legs. I gain muscle way too easily in my calves and the lateral quads, however for some reason, nothing seems to be helping, and I’m not at the point yet where I can safely do squats or leg presses. The fact that it’s on the other side too makes me think there’s some weird way I’m walking, or my posture, so I guess I’ll have to talk to the physio about adjusting that, too. Hhhh. The reason it’s so important to build that medial quad is because it helps stabilise the patella – my ITB and lateral quads are way too strong and pull my unstable kneecaps to the outside of their shallow sockets – hence my problem with dislocations, and subsequent surgeries.

What Else?

Hmm, I’m pretty boring lately. All I do is study, watch Korean dramas, play the Witcher 3 on my (Christmas present) PS4 Pro (wtf, thank you BB!! *_*) and try to get out of the house and explore when I can. Things are pretty uncertain since we don’t know whether we’ll be moving or where, still.

Oh, and we don’t have aircon and live next to a forest on a hill, so it’s been almost unbearably hot, especially with Dysautonomia symptoms…not to mention the fact that the floors somehow started condensating and wouldn’t dry for days?? It was as if they’d just been mopped, no matter what. Super scary for me, considering on my last surgery, I slipped on a mopped floor and tore my incision open.

Things to be Thankful For

I feel like I’m overwhelmingly negative in these blogs, so I want to balance it out with some positive things.

  • Feeling healthier and lighter with a tweaked diet that I know works for and helps my situation most
  • Being able to get up and be more independent
  • Having time with BB and family
  • My puppy seems to be tolerating instead of hating me lately
  • Able to go to the pool (once…in the seniors rehab pool lol)
  • My Irish skin seems to be tanning without burning for the most part?? Finally!
  • Able to explore the Coast and Northern NSW – super pretty
  • More stable work for BB – yay! *_*
  • Able to start planning our lives more – for someone like me, uncertainty is like a constant stress weighing me down
  • Planning lots more posts and taking things in a direction I want and am passionate about – stay tuned!

That’s about it for now! Thanks for reading 🙂

Love, Lo x

Circle Contact Lenses for Light Eyes

 

Ok, what the heck are circle lenses?

If you have no idea what circle lenses are, they’re basically coloured contact lenses that are a little bit bigger than your natural iris, ranging from 14mm up to 22mm(?!).

Why….would I want that, sorry?

Basically, it’s part of the “Ulzzang” (‘ool-jang), or ‘best face’ look. It’s a Korean phrase that I take to mean putting your best face forward. It’s you, but it’s a more enhanced version of you: a cute, fresh-faced look. So, think of barely noticeable makeup, unpainted nails, casual clothes…but everything just looks a little more perfect. An airbrushed you. Ulzzangs in Korea are basically the instagram models of the West, where they’re noticed for their looks and then get into show business or have their own online shopping sites, because people like their look/style. To the untrained eye, you’d just think they’re some really attractive people, but I’m sure everyone’s seen those videos of the ‘ugly’ girl transforming through makeup – it’s just that, compared to Western style makeup, the point is to enhance, not to glam up.

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This girl is obviously not ugly, but this shows the Ulzzang process: makeup, then photoshop to complete the look
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Famous Ulzzang Park Sora

I’ve been a fan of circle lenses for a few years, getting my first pair in 2010. However, it was so difficult to find ones that would fit my eyes (they change from blue to green, to grey), and I had no idea what to get. So I got ones that had a black ring around the edge…and I basically looked like a werewolf. Definitely one of the cringier times in my life. I kind of wrote-off all coloured contacts as a luxury after that, especially since I didn’t need corrective lenses. Now that I do need to however, glasses drive me crazy and make literal dents in my nose. So I decided to try one last effort to find some coloured circle lenses.

Where do you even find them?

After hours of research, I found Pinky Paradise, and they have a huge amount of categories – even for light eyes – and customer photos to show how each style looks. The ones I really wanted weren’t in stock in my prescription, but what I got instead actually turned out much better. The EOS Fairy Grey lenses in 14.5mm are a perfect fit for my eye colour, and I can actually see with them; something I was a bit apprehensive about. They arrived quickly, within two weeks – which is rare for Australia – in sterile glass vials of contact solution for hygiene reasons, so that you can see if there are any defects, and you can return them if needed. Also, they came with a free animal case, adorable stickers, and the cutest instruction leaflet I’ve ever seen. *_*

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Perfect with Azeredo Icon lashes (discount code: Lola10)

How do you use them?

I soaked them overnight in my favourite lens fluid and tried them out the next day. After so much researching, some common complaints about circle lenses in general were that they’re thick and unbreathable, leading to discomfort and drying out of your eyes, and a warning not to wear them for more than a couple hours at a time, especially in the beginning. But I found they were so thin I even had trouble putting them in – much thinner than my usual monthlies (and the EOS are purportedly yearly lenses, although I probably wouldn’t use them for that long), and when I wasn’t able to get back home after a couple hours, they were still super comfortable!

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Wearing those Azeredo lashes *_*

I could not be happier with these. It kind of looks like my childhood self (have you ever noticed little kids had seemingly huge eyes proportionate to their bodies?), I can see without discomfort, and they enhance a minimal makeup look, which is a huge plus since my skin has been changing lately, and I’m finding I actually kind of hate wearing so much of it nowadays.

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What to look for

If you’re looking for a solution like me, and can’t find any lenses for your light eyes, I highly recommend this site. It was much easier to use than any of the others I looked at, and even though there weren’t as many reviews for the ones I bought, the photos were what sold me, and I’m glad I didn’t wait for the out-of-stock ones (you give them your email so they can let you know when they’re back in stock, and four weeks on; no word). Look for lenses without a limbal ring (the dark edge that made me look like a vampire/werewolf/whatever), and if you don’t have grey eyes, choose a mix of colours, like tri-colour, so they look more natural….unless that’s not the look you’re going for. In that case, there are red, purple, pink with heart shapes – just go for it!

WARNING: As with anything that goes near your eyes, you should take the utmost care with lenses, and circle lenses in particular. There are plenty of horror stories over infection, irritation etc, which I won’t go into here – you should always do your own research to find what fits you best. Make sure you do your research with regard to brand/size/store.

I hadn’t done a post in a while, since I’m still recovering, and I literally dislocated my thumb at lunch T_T so hopefully this is helpful! Happy shopping!

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xo Lo