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Note: this is a continuation of My Body Is Changing & I Don’t Know How To Feel About It. Start there!

For the past month, my brain has been held hostage. If we’re together IRL, I can hold a conversation or pull it together for a tv interview, but just barely. When it comes to creative endeavors, that little that I’ve been able to produce hasn’t been satisfactory. I’ve been loaded up on some pretty strong hormones as a stopgap until a procedure could be scheduled. To say that I’ve felt like a fully loaded Tyson chicken is an understatement. And yes, that’s a farm reference from my Arkansas days.

And then yesterday, the procedure happened. It was fully loaded, with anesthesiologists and nurses and IVs and all the metal instruments horror stories are made of. The good news is that I survived without tears and I’m here to tell the tale. Or not, because frankly it’s gross.

Of all the ridiculous pre-op instructions, the ones I was most confused by were those that involved skincare. They told me I couldn’t wear moisturizer or any sort of skincare. I understand it on my body to some extent – you wouldn’t want slippery limbs if things start to go south. But my face? Sunscreen? I even asked my pre-op nurse and not only hadn’t she heard of the rule, she didn’t understand it. If you’re a medical professional & you know the answer, please tell me in the comments below.

I won’t have any definitive conclusions about my overall health until next week, but even now as I reenter normalcy, I already feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m not naive to the continued healthcare journey in front of me, but it already feels like I’ve come so far since my first appointments in February.

If you have PCOS and you’re in NYC (or the NYC area), I highly recommend my doctor squad. If you want their info, please email me!

Fingers crossed that everything returns to normal ASAP and I stop taking things that interfere with my creativity and mental well being. Having hormone issues is way more complicated than I could have ever imagined.

Hope you’re well & I’m so happy that you’re here to read this, nearly two weeks after my last post. Thank you so much for your unending support! <3

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  • When I went into surgery for my arm, each time they said I couldn’t wear any moisturizer even on my face, I had to wash three times with Dial soap, and recommended I didn’t even use hair conditioner. They said it’s because the moisturizers can have germs attach to them and I guess dry flaky skin repels it? I scrubbed the bod and went sans lotion but my face was still moisturized and I didn’t get gangrene! I am so glad you’re getting things resolved, sending you healing vibes my friend!

  • When I went into surgery for my arm, each time they said I couldn’t wear any moisturizer even on my face, I had to wash three times with Dial soap, and recommended I didn’t even use hair conditioner. They said it’s because the moisturizers can have germs attach to them and I guess dry flaky skin repels it? I scrubbed the bod and went sans lotion but my face was still moisturized and I didn’t get gangrene! I am so glad you’re getting things resolved, sending you healing vibes my friend!

  • Idoiir T

    This may be somewhat personal, and you may have already said it somewhere and I missed it, but what type of surgery was it? I have PCOS and have been being treated for it for 13 years, but it’s just been birth control and a few tries on metformin. It hasn’t helped with my 5 o’clock man-shadow or my weight, and unless I take my birth control religiously I don’t even get my period. But my doctors haven’t really got any other ideas. No one has ever mentioned any type of surgery as being a possible help, so I’m curious!

  • Heidi

    Sending prayers for permanent and blissful recovery.