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Post-procedure Day 5

I’m definitely not ready for public consumption yet. And I’m about to see only the second person I will have allowed to see me since this began—an ex-boyfriend from college, now friend, who is in town from Fort Worth. I’ve over-warned him about how I look. I look better than yesterday, even, but there is still a very obvious line at my jaw where the procedure began and my face is red and peeling. A couple of places look kind of yellow-ish, almost like old bruises healing. I’m trying to think positively about tomorrow, because I don’t think I can call in sick for these meetings in the morning. I’ll be able to wash my face three times between now and then, but I can’t imagine it’s going to be OK to wear makeup yet. The instructions say to keep using the ointment until I’m not peeling anymore. But I definitely can’t go to the meeting with my face all covered with ointment—that just isn’t an option. I’m supposed to go for one more follow-up visit at Dr. Zimmet’s tomorrow but that won’t be until after my two morning meetings. I’m just going to have to suck it up and go, I guess. I’m having an early dinner tomorrow night at Uchi with friends—at least it’s somewhat dark in there and I can try to have my hair down around my face. Thank goodness I have long hair!

Yesterday I was super-excited about how tight my skin looked, especially my eyelids, around my mouth and eyes. I’m still excited but I realized looking at yesterday’s pictures that I’m still puffy so it’s hard to tell exactly how much my wrinkles are gone. Truth be told I’m ready for this part to be over. The ointment is especially bugging me as I have to clean my glasses constantly, and they keep sliding down my nose, and every time I touch my face I have to wash my hands. It’s also itchy. I’ve never looked so forward to washing my face before. I’ve gotten less gentle but I’m still being careful not to scrub, per the instructions.

Raw food update: I made a “green” smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, coconut, banana, spirulina and romaine for breakfast. I made some kale chips (cheating my using the oven at a low temp since I don’t have a dehydrator) coated with some of the cashew “cheese” I made a couple of days ago, and I’m very pleased with the way that they turned out. I’m definitely going to make those again.

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