Hi there! This is my 1st blog so I figured I’d start by telling a little bit about myself and how I came to making Natural Bath & Body Products.
It all started June 2013.. I had been bartending for 8 yrs at a little place called After 5 in Hemet, Ca. I got a wonderful opportunity to go out and party in Huntington beach at Johnny’s Saloon with my husband. So of coarse we went, highly enjoyed our selves, and way over did it.. the hangover was brutal.. 10 days later I was still really dizzy, with a headache, and nausea. I decided to make a trip to urgent care where they ran blood test. A few days later my results were in! I was completely healthy.. but still feeling terrible. So I decided it was time to make an appt with my Dr. He ran test after test and finally came up with some allergies/intolerances. Turns out I’m intolerant to quite a few things including corn and soy, which is in everything! Still not satisfied with the results I had more testing done.. finally an MRI had shown I have Chiari Malformation.. I had never heard of it. The Dr explained that I was born with it. conquerchiari.org gives a lot of info if you are interested. (Short version my brain is to big for my skull) This is why I had so many headaches growing up. I always thought everyone got headaches when they laughed or coughed.
I was then referred to a neurosurgeon. He let me know my options.. which pretty much pointed to brain surgery. It was hard to take in.. I mean really.. me.. brain surgery.. So I scheduled my 1st surgery for Dec 13th 2013.. everything went well. They took out part of my skull, and half of C1 (the top of my spine). 2 months later I was healing nicely but my original symptoms were still bothering me.. so I scheduled another surgery March 18th 2104.
5 days after the 2nd surgery I was in excruciating pain! It felt like something was smashing my brain every 30 seconds! My husband rushed me to the emergency room, they gave me 2 shots of morphine, and 2 shots of dilaudid. The pain was still there but not as intense.. the Dr in the ER said this is normal after this kind of brain surgery and sent me home. 2 weeks had gone by and the pain got worse every day, multiple trips to the ER, where they would pump me full of pain killers and send me home. A couple of times they did test (MRI and a CT scan) and said everything looked normal. I don’t remember any thing that happened in those 2 weeks.. my husband filled me in on the details later.
The neurosurgeon that did my surgery had got back into town and seen my MRI and immediately got me in for another surgery. I had developed a CSF leak and my head was filling up with fluid smashing my brain, (that’s how I developed Hydrocephalus). He had to put in an LP shunt (it drains the fluid out through my spine and into my side). That did not take.. I was barely breathing in the ICU the next morning, so he had to do another emergency surgery and put in a VP shunt (this one is attached to the side of my head, a hole is drilled into the skull, one side of the tubing goes into my right ventricle, and the other side runs down my neck and drains into abdominal cavity). When I finally woke up I didn’t even realize what had happened, I just knew I wanted to go home. I had dropped weight drastically, from 140 lbs to 107 lbs.. I was no longer able to walk.. I had lost all of my muscle and I had no coordination.
Things slowly got better.. I was eventually able to walk again without help, I had to completely change my diet because the allergy/intolerance foods were bothering me way more then before (I assume cause my body got so weak), the foods were really effecting my skin. It made me start to look into whats in my soap, lotion, shampoo, ect. I had then realized the amount of unnecessary ingredients that were in all the products I had been using, all of the fillers that were not good for your skin… and I didn’t want to add any thing else to my health issues. That’s when I started researching how to make natural bath & body products. Once I got a few recipes made I Loved them! Started sharing with friends & family and got back great reviews! I realized I would not be able to back to bartending again, and decided maybe this was my calling!! (Well and to one day down the road be a mommy).
So I am now Happily making Natural Bath & Body Products while taking care of my Adorable little girl! I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. Even though I almost lost my life I feel so blessed to be where I am now. My husband and I are more connected now and appreciate each other more then before, I figured out how to have a healthier life style, I get to stay home with my Adorable munchkin, and I have created Natural Products I am Proud of!!
I Hope you enjoyed my story! I look forward to sharing some of my product recipes, food recipes, and some more of my life experiences with you on my journey of a Natural way of Life.