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💕 Self Care Before the DBS 💕

Good evening warriors and warriettes! Today is Thursday January 7, 2021. I have a lot on my mind at the moment but I have decided to write about the self care steps I am taking to prepare for my upcoming DBS surgery. It is all about loving me right now and making sure that I am physically and mentally ready for what lies ahead. As afraid as I am (and believe me when I say I am absolutely terrified to be having brain surgery), I am trying to focus on the end result and how much better I will be feeling afterwards! I am thinking very seriously about getting some counseling stat to help address my fears and hopefully learn better coping strategies. Honestly, if I think too deeply about it, I panic. So in the meantime, I have decided to focus my energy on the good things that I do have control over.

Let's talk hair. I have very long hair and refer to it as my "mane". As we all know, hair salons are closed until further notice. I have not had a haircut nor colored my hair in well over a year. The ends could definitely use a trim. I am always changing my hair color up, which entails using bleach. Because of this, the ends (of my mane) have seen better days. Since the Pandemic began, I have stepped up my hair care routine at home. I have always used good shampoo and conditioner and now I have added deep hair masks as well. Because of the Pandemic, I have had a lot of down time, which has actually worked in my favor. I have done a ton of research to find the best ways to repair my hair by DIY (do it yourself). You would be amazed at how much information is out there if you just know where to start looking. I have found inexpensive ways to condition my hair. One of the ideas I saw is to take apple cider vinegar and mix it with water. My hair is unbelievably soft after I dry it and stays that way for days. I try to deep condition it once a week. Sometimes, I even sleep with deep conditioning on my hair over night. The few times in my life that I have had surgery, my hair always suffers as a result of anesthesia. Usually within a month after surgery, my hair begins to fall out and the texture looks drab and dull. I do not lose all of my hair, but I see it falling out, especially after taking a shower, when I comb it out. This time around, I am going to be under anesthesia on three separate days within a short span of time. It is very important to me to do everything I can now to protect my hair from what is coming. The good news is that any damage to my hair will only be temporary. I have learned from previous mistakes to NEVER have any procedure without first putting my hair is up in a tight bun. After surgery, I usually do not have the energy for the first few days to take a shower. But what I did not realize is that while keeping my hair down, knots were developing and multiplying quickly. I remember very clearly taking my first shower after my last surgery and working on the knots for what seemed like an eternity! I was able to get most of them out, but one of them was so big that I had to slowly pull the entire knot out of my head. There were no other options. I thought for sure I pulled half of my hair out, but in the end all was fine! I ended up getting a deep conditioning at a hair salon to start my hair's recovery process. I always take a shower the morning of surgery to make sure that my hair is sparkling clean.

🌻 How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Hair 🌻

Mix two or three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with some water.

Shampoo and condition your hair as per usual.

Pour the ACV and water mixture over your hair, disbursing it evenly and massaging it into your scalp.

Let the mixture sit in your hair for two or three minutes. (I usually leave the mixture on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it off).

Rinse it out thoroughly with warm water. Voila! Soft and manageable locks. *I usually use this mixture once a week.

This is Me and my Mane....

The pink I did myself 💓

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