Advice if you are getting electrolysis treatment

This advice has been acquired through experience.

1. Before treatment cleanse skin thoroughly with a gentle cleanser such as Nutribiotic Sensitive Skin cleanser which I highly recommend.

2. Do not apply anything to the skin prior to treatment. This means no lotions, serums, oils or:

3. Numbing cream – do not use. Areas like the upper lip are painful but numbing cream does not help reduce pain and can actually make it a lot worse. Just deal with the pain. It can help to squeeze something like a piece of cloth. Also opening the eyes can reduce pain which probably has to do with the fact that when the eyes are open the brain has to deal with processing a lot more sensory input.

You may find a breathing style that helps with dealing with pain. For me short, deliberate breaths, almost like a slow panting – similar to how one breathes when one has a fever – helps a lot.

4. After electrolysis treatment cleanse the skin immediately with warm/hot water and more Nutribiotic Sensitive Skin cleanser. I stress immediately, like right after you leave the treatment room. Bring the cleanser with you. Gently apply a washcloth with warm/hot water to rinse and compress the skin. Do not rub but just compress and/or pat. Warm to hot water is not a problem but the water should not be really hot. Again, do not apply any products to the skin. No oils, serums, witch hazel, anything.

5. If you must shave after treatment shave immediately after cleansing. It’s ok to shave but of course be careful because it is easy to cut swollen skin. I use a normal shaving cream and multi-edge razor. Gently pat/compress the skin with warm/hot water and a washcloth as before. If you use numbing cream, which I strongly discourage, do not shave for several hours because you can seriously injure your skin. Do not use an electric razor which can seriously injure the swollen, sensitive skin.

6. Get some air. Go for a walk outside but try to avoid too much prolonged, direct Sun. A little bit of Sun is ok. Do not touch the skin and try not to touch it for the rest of the day.

My experience is that, following these steps, skin will heal extremely quickly from treatment – on the order of tens of minutes.

Not following these steps results in skin that can be irritated for hours and even days.

Following these steps I find that it is not necessary to do anything else. No icing is necessary. For the rest of the day I do not apply anything to the skin. Just let it calm down.

It’s also important to get good rest after treatment so that the skin can go through its natural rejuvenation cycle.

Embarrassed to be fat??

If I’m too embarrassed to go out and workout outdoors because I’m fat, bloated, or whatever then I’ll never go out. I’m a creature of Earth. I love my body. I cherish it, no matter what. Some days I may feel less than 100%. My body may be disrupted from stress, poor sleep, constipation, or other factors. I may look less than 100%.

But I’m a creature of Earth. I’m always beautiful. Going out and running is about loving Earth, not about putting on a display for others. Wearing skimpy clothes is about being connected with Earth, getting Sun, being natural. If I can’t be natural and close to Earth when I’m not feeling 100% how can I be when I’m 100%?

There will always be people who smear shit. There will always be petty people who lurch in the shadows, who creep around and then come out and try to smear it on you.

Just be true to yourself. It’s really sad for those lost people. But don’t let their sickness have anything to do with your greatness. Be great. Stand up and be strong.

Even when the little people are trying to smear shit on you Earth will whisper her secrets to you that you are beautiful and blessed. Just keep following her. Look at the butterflies and the birds around you.

This soup is a lifesaver

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Even though I ran almost 5 miles yesterday, I didn’t have much of an appetite today. I had a bowl of steel cut oats for breakfast but wasn’t hungry for anything for lunch.

But I had this can of Amy’s Indian Golden Lentil soup in the kitchen and decided to heat it up and have it.

This soup is really excellent. I need to learn how to make soup like this. I guess the trick is they use split peas and red lentils, and mix in tomato puree. Even though the soup is named lentil soup the main ingredient is split peas. Split peas are very yummy!

I highly recommend keeping a can or two of this soup stocked in your kitchen for that time when you need a healthy boost.

Ocular migraine

Today I experienced what I think is my first ever clear-cut case of an ocular migraine. It is normal sometimes for there to be a little flicker in one’s vision. My understanding is that this has to do with the fact that the eye requires a large amount of oxygen, and hence blood flow, to function. Momentary disruptions to the blood supply can result in occasional flickers, lights, or strange artifacts in vision (at one point a long time ago I even wondered if maybe they were spirits or ghosts).

But today something different happened. I experienced what initially seemed to be a normal momentary flicker, but then it didn’t just go away right away. It persisted. What was also weird was the size and shape of it. Unlike normal flickers this had a distinct zigzag shape and it just remained in one part of the field of vision of my left eye.

artist’s depiction of ocular migraine that I found on the web

This zigzag shape just flickered constantly and it was really weird. I went into the hallway of my building, which has white walls, to take out recycling and as I was walking the length of the hallway I was able to really see the zigzag pattern and the flickering clearly.

I was worried that maybe I was experiencing retinal detachment, but after reading about it online, it turns out that it was only what is called an ocular migraine.

Among other things, the above article states that an ocular migraine can be triggered by perfumes or strong odors. All day yesterday there was this strong odor in my bathroom that was really irritating me and causing my nose to run. Last week something similar happened when I had used a sample packet of a hair masque treatment. The empty packet was still laying next to the bathtub and there was still some residue of product in it. It turned out that a fragrance in the masque was seriously irritating to me.

Yesterday I couldn’t find what was causing the odor. I thought that perhaps a tenant in another unit in my apartment building had dumped something down their drain which was causing the odor to come up through the pipes. I ran cold water in my bathtub for a long time but the odor was still there.

Then, later I was searching more and it turned out that a plastic bottle of a foot scrub which had been given to me by someone at a nail salon was the cause. The fragrance in the foot scrub – which was sitting in that bottle for over 5 years unused – was literally leeching out through the plastic!

I immediately dumped it out and aired out my apartment. But I’m guessing the exposure and the residual odor was enough to invoke the ocular migraine.

Today was the first morning in a long time that I did not wake up and immediately start coughing due to my nose running and mucous draining down the back of my throat.

It’s interesting that I’ve never had an ocular migraine before in my life, at least not that was clearly recognized by me as such.

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