I'm Not Vein (Pun Intended)

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mikie, Oct 15, 2002.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hey, Everybody,

    Just wanted to let y'all know that today, the doc is injecting some veins in my legs and while it is no big deal, I will have to stay off my feet for the rest of the day. I'll be back tomorrow.

    Love, Mikie
  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hey, Everybody,

    Just wanted to let y'all know that today, the doc is injecting some veins in my legs and while it is no big deal, I will have to stay off my feet for the rest of the day. I'll be back tomorrow.

    Love, Mikie
  3. kredca4

    kredca4 New Member

    Hope it helps and that you'll be up and about soon.
    Good day to Pamper yourself too.

    Good Luck and God Bless
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I'm getting some work done on myself to get myself looking a little better. If my treatments continue to work, I am hoping to be able to work at least part time by next summer. This illness has taken its toll on my looks, so I'm trying some things with the plastic surgeon who did my mini surgeries in order to look a little fresher and younger.

    Last week, he injected the small spider veins on my nose and chin with saline solution. It sets up an irritation which is supposed to make the veins shrivel up. It depends on the immune system, so we'll see whether it works. If not, it'll take a laser. Today, I had him do a number of little broken veins on my thighs, not that an employer will see them; this is just for me.

    I am using a skin-care regimen which is supposed to produce the equivalent of a laser resurfacing or chemical peel. It takes about four months to see the final results. Right now, my face is red and peeling; I look like a survivor of some kind of atomic catastrophy! The skin care specialist saw me today and told me I'm looking just about right for having been on this stuff a week.

    There are eight containers of product, including Retin A. I am using different combinations morning and evening. I'm even using it on the backs of my hands to try to fade the liver spots. I think it is working.

    I know this all sounds so vein, but I am doing well on my physical treatments and my psychological therapy, so I decided to do some work on my looks. It can't help but make me feel better about myself. I need all the help I can get. This illness has been very hard on my looks. If I decide to go back to sales, I need to look fresh, not old and tired.

    I'm still on the diet, but I have plateaued at about 18 pounds, so it'll take some more demanding physical exercise to kick my metabolism into gear. I think the weight loss is helping me feel better too. Just having my blood pressure normal is mentally helping me.

    For the first time, I am seeing some of the fruits of my labors over the last year coming together. I know there will be setbacks and that I'm nowhere ready to go to work yet, but I am trying to make contingent plans. I can't wait til I'm ready to start this skin care stuff. Geez, no one would hire me right now.

    Love, Mikie
  5. Sunshyne1027

    Sunshyne1027 New Member

    Its all so wild you mentioning about the looks, improving yourself. Me too.

    I take care of myself more, dress better, If I dont get up and get dressed, showered, fix my hair, etc.. I dont feel good. Taking care of your looks, improving yourself. Its a great thing, helps to feel so much better about yourself.

    I am looking into dieting, so whats your trick, diet like Mikie?

  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I am doing the Suzanne Somers Level I diet until I hit my target weight.

    If you do a search on diet, it will bring up all the posts on this subject. We've discussed it at length lately, but the posts come in so fast these days that they move several pages down in a very short period of time.

    Good for you for keeping up appearances. I don't get gussied up unless I'm going out.

    Love, Mikie
  7. stillafreemind

    stillafreemind New Member

    and you continue to be Mikie. Thank you for that. I am new as a poster here..but I have been lurking for several months. I love your attitude. I see nothing wrong with doing a little pampering on the bod..goodness, you (we) owe it to ourselves to feel as good as we can, inside and out!
    Good for you girl..and thanks again for all the posts I have already gleaned info from..
  8. Sunshyne1027

    Sunshyne1027 New Member

    And yes you are a inspiration to me too!
    The Suzanne Sommers Diet??

    Going to research it here in a bit.

    You are so right, with all the replies, posts, its hard to keep up.. :)
  9. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    If you don't care enough to look your best it sends a message to others. For years I spent little money on myself and my looks showed it. Money was tight part of the time and I ended up buying nice things for everyone else, but I grew up with the notion that I shouldn't buy anything I didn't need. That basically meant if it wasn't completely falling apart and unmendable, I should still be wearing it.

    Even when I started back to work I still tried to get by spending as little as possible on myself. It looked like it too.

    Well, I started my own business a couple of years ago. It involves helping women look the best they can, no matter what their size. That meant I needed to work on myself. I started wearing more makeup, wearing more jewelry and taking pride in my appearance. I also began getting compliments.

    The business inspired me to finish a diet I had been playing around with for almost a year and I was able to finish losing 90 pounds, altogether. Now I get compliments all the time. This business has done more for me than anything else in my life. I feel empowered, my self-esteem has gone up, and I have made a lot of new and good friends.

    So, the bottom line is when you take care of how you look, you feel better about yourself. When you feel better about yourself others notice and the sky becomes the limit!

  10. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    in this or any other world to treat all my spider veins, but I'd be more than willing to try!!! I'm so happy for you, Mikie! Way to go...this has to help the old self-esteem and I know how important that is! I'm wearing base, poder, shadow, liner, blush and lipstick to work now and I have recently gotten a cute new 'do!! Now, if I can only get a diet that I can stick with.....I have such STRONG food likes and dislikes and I am just TOO tired after working on my feet and bending and thinking ALL day to cook a lot of stuff....many days, it's a Pop-Tart in bed...I don't even sit up to eat it...too tired.
    HELP if you can....if the Somers Diet can be REAL easy to plan and prepare, maybe I could do it. I know it sounds petty, but I really AM too tired to make too big a fuss even though I KNOW how important it is. I bought a ?Zone? book at Barnes and Noble when I went to a doc appt. Friday...It wore me out just trying to figure it out. I know I eat too many carbs, but I'm not sure I can eat a lot of the foods recommended...weird nausea often.
    [This Message was Edited on 10/17/2002]
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thanks, Sunshyne and Still for your kind words.

    Jaimy, OK, so what's your point? Don't we princesses always have a mirror handy? What do you think the Queen carries in her ever-present purse.

    Barb, way to go girl! You truly are an inspiration to us all. You have changed your life and yourself in the process. What diet did you use to lose your weight?

    Kady, it can be daunting trying to figure out how to combine foods and what can and what cannot be eaten. If you simply eliminate sugar in all its forms, refined foods, anything made with flour, white rice, and white potatoes, you will lose weight. You can eat eggs, butter, cream, meat, fish, foul, and all the veggies you want. Stay away from fats made from veggies; stick with butter or olive oil. If you eat fruit, stick to lower sugar fruits and stay away from fruit juice.

    When I'm too tired to cook, I'll have a couple of hard-boiled eggs I keep in the fridge. I will roll up some deli sliced low-fat ham around some swiss cheese and nuke it til the cheese melts. It's fast and delicious. I keep raw veggies, but not carrots. They are a high starch veggie.

    Once you get your weight down to targeted area, you can add a little whole-grain pasta or bread on occasion. Suzanne Somers has recipes for desserts for when you reach Level II. Her recipdes are delicious for when you feel like cooking.

    I know it's tempting, but eating carbs when we are tired just exacerbates the problem. I've lost my desire for them. Good luck.

    Love, Mikie