Bra Review: Lively

Hello! Long time no see!

Did you know it’s National Underwear Day!? That’s why I’m here, to share more undies with you, ha! Another bra review coming your way!

Honestly, I’ve been hiding out from this space because I’ve been working on something bigger and better (Shhhh! It’s still a secret!) But I decided to break my silence with another review for you in honor of the big day!

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Yikes. The fit on that one. WOOF.

You’ve seen their advertisements all over the dang place, Instagram, Facebook, heck, they’ve probably somehow implanted their gorgeous advertising into your brain somehow.

But I’m here to tell you I’m unfortunately not a fan after the products I tried of theirs. Who am I talking about? You guessed it, Lively, of wearlively.com. The ones with the really super Insta-perfect photos, seemingly great quality and promote that they’re able to help all women’s boobies be happy. I was super convinced that their bras were going to be my winner. I was sadly disappointed. Continue reading “Bra Review: Lively”

Bra Review: Negative Underwear

Listen, I’ve been agonizing over posting this review for weeks now. Guess why? It’s a mesh and see-through bra.

It’s got me thinking, do celebrities and models agonize over showing their bodies too? Is it just me? I’m not really sure. But there’s also something really liberating about it, and I’m hopeful will help you feel some body freedom too.

What I’ve done here, is placed photos of me in the bra (with censored stickers) below the “read more” line, so if you are not comfortable seeing those photos, please do not expand this post.

Now, the bra! I freaking love this bra. Truly.negative1

It’s the Sieve Non-Wire Bra in Buff (they have it in Peach and Black as well) from Negative Underwear.

(WARNING! This is the place where you don’t want to click if you don’t want to see this bra on me!) Continue reading “Bra Review: Negative Underwear”

Bra Stories: Harper Wilde

Hi all!

I’ve been working super hard on this bra project to share with you all. A few months back, I asked on an Instagram story if lots of others with feeding tubes had struggles finding bras that sat high enough that it didn’t hurt the tube.

I took the opportunity to buy bras from lots and lots of companies to purchase the bras I found that I thought would work best for my tube situation, and hopefully others! I also will be sharing a general review of the bras for those without feeding tubes as well!

I’m typically a save the best for last type of lady, but this isn’t Skittles, so I’m jumping in with my top pick first! Because isn’t that what we all need anyway?! So to start us off, we are going to be chatting about Harper Wilde!

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Photo by the lovely Claudia Young

One of my favorite things is that they are pretty much the “Warby Parker of bras.” What does that mean? It means try ons with no financial commitment! Which is what I’m all about when it comes to bras. Continue reading “Bra Stories: Harper Wilde”

What Does My Weekly Dressing Change Look Like?

Hello again! As promised last week, I’ll be sharing photos documenting my dressing change process today!

To those not on therapy, what does this mean? It’s essentially clean up day. It’s taking the sticker part of my central line off, cleaning it, and re-dressing it (putting the sticker part back on!)

For those on therapy, my process is not the “norm,” but then, what is? Lots of us who have had central lines for many years become allergic to soaps, dressings, adhesives, and all kinds of things over time. Therefore, my dressing change might look completely different from yours! But guess what, we are all different and that’s what makes life fun 🙂

Understand that I say these things because it is terrifying to share these types of processes to the world because people attack things they do not know or think you do wrong. Maybe it looks like I’ve put my sterile gloves on wrong, laid something here wrong, but I promise I have a strong education. If you’d like to have a conversation about something, I absolutely welcome that. But please use kindness. I always say these things to protect myself, but I love sharing so that people can get a look into what this life looks like.

Of course, this is not me saying this is the one and only right way! This is just the way that has worked for me over the past 8 or so years. Never change your process without speaking with your infusion nurse or doctor who gives you instruction!

Anyway, let’s hop to it!

First and foremost, I put on some great music so that I can be entertained during the whole process. Once those sterile gloves go on, it better be a solid music selection on!

Then I wash my hands super duper well and dry them off with a clean towel or paper towel! This is what it looks like right before I start a dressing change (ha! I look so thrilled.)dressing change and tpn start03962webI open up my dressing change kit, put my mask on, then lay all of my supplies out all nice so that they are accessible and remain sterile for the change. ( I do not keep my sterile field sterile, I drop my sterile outside items into my dressing change kit tray. You will see my flush syringes on my sterile field, don’t freak out! I know they are not sterile, promise.)dressing change and tpn start03970webdressing change and tpn start03973webdressing change and tpn start03978webdressing change and tpn start03982web Continue reading “What Does My Weekly Dressing Change Look Like?”

What does TPN even look like?

HELLLOOOOO!

Long time no write, y’all. Sorry about that. I had a very very rough few months from August till November. It was all one little pesky infection that made it’s way to my central line and into my lungs after not being tended to for so long. It was very unfortunate and included three admissions (does not include additional ER visits) to my local hospital, and one final hoorah at my big hospital in Dallas after the local doctors really made a mess of it and somehow didn’t catch that it was an infection. Even with unclear cultures they deemed “contaminated” about 883 times, persistent yet random fevers (even up to the 103 range) and all kinds of symptoms that yelled infection.

But that’s all said and done and I am cleared from my blood and lung infections after a month of IV antibiotics and a new central line placement. And I am back!

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bye bye old Hickman 😦
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All I’ve got to say is thank goodness for good friends. Those who help you celebrate Halloween inpatient, play games with you, come to chat, and bring you a puppy to love on in the hospital! jojopuppy
Continue reading “What does TPN even look like?”