Just updated my natural hair picture album.
Cigna Healthcare mailed me an itemized price list of my last visit to the doctor. This is new insurance, and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen this.
I had a sore throat and went in to see the doctor. He spent all of 5 minutes with me–literally. The bill? $90!!! That’s after the Cigna discount. His regular price–$121!
What??? What in the world makes anyone think 5 minutes of their time is worth $121?
I didn’t have to pay any out of pocket–but what if I did? How about all those American who have no healthcare and they are really sick? How could they possibly afford medical care?
On top of this, I had to get medication. Yeah, how much is that?
Not saying anything pro or con about the government healthcare, but oh my–could I imagine if I had no healthcare??
I’m glad I’ve been pushing myself this weekend though—my husband surprised me yesterday with date night, and tickets to Cirque du Soleil at Disney! It was amazing. I’ll probably blog about it later.
Back to the hair: today I just did a hot oil treatment (straight olive oil, left on for about an hour), followed by a cowash with Hello Hydration, then my new staple twist out—sort of twist out.
Tomorrow’s menu has a slight change. Thinking I’m going to make vegetable fried rice. Think my husband would notice the fiber if I mixed brown and white rice?
Breakfast: Cheerios and Ensure
Lunch: Roasted Veggie Pasta
Dinner: Indian Chickpeas, Indian Spinach, and Naan Bread
Yum! I’m thinking Black Bean Burgers next week.
I completed my cleanse, and stuck to it for the most part? I stomach feels a lot better. I’m more motivated to eat right. I lost about 3 pounds. I plan on doing another cleanse during the start of June.
Two weekends ago: I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. It came out amazing! My hair felt super clean without feeling striped. I was wondering up until this point how I could avoid shampoo. It’s a lot easier than I thought. I’m going to give the Baking Soda wash a try using conditioner. If that works out, I don’t need to shampoo. I followed with a cowash. I tried to do a rod set, but that didn’t work out. The next morning when it was time for me to go to work, it was still wet. So I had to lay my hair flat back and wear a scarf wrapped African style. Not happy that the style didn’t work out—but my hair did get to rest.
Last weekend: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, followed by my homemade Shea butter mixture on the scalp and each strain as I did my first two strain twist out- which I loved! I included a picture of the results here and in my FOTKI.
Earlier this week on Wednesday: Simple cowash with Alberto VO5 Tea Therapy. I did a hybrid style of a twist out and a rod set. No pictures, but it came out gorgeous. I will rock this again, so I’ll do pictures next time.
Today: I plan to deep condition my hair with a mixture of Alberto VO5, honey, and a drop or two of Tea Tree and Rosemary Essential Oil. I’m going to follow up with a cowash using a new product, Renpure Organics’ moisturizing conditioner. It’s heavy on the proteins, so next week I’ll use something heavy on the moisture. I’m going to do that hybrid style again!
So I’ve had a few rough days. Yesterday I took care of some financial issues that were less than fun. Add that to money problems my husband and I had, some health stuff, and just our lifestyle (Hectic!!!) I’ve been feeling for awhile that I’ve been carrying the world on my shoulder.
I have Tric, a form of OCD that helped me express all this stress by making a bald patch in my fragile hair. As I walked onto the lawyer I got a call to tell me my sister was in the hospital? Could the day get any worse?
Yes. I had a huge fight with my husband. He was completely justified in saying I’ve been self absorbed, unhappy, and isolating. I still feel like crap though.
So I agreed to roll with him to DJing gigs. I had to cut my hair because of the spot to even it. And now I’m sitting at a party full of his friends, with no one to dance with. I’m missing all the friends and party life I left behind. Remembering I used to have interest like dancing. I realize a big part of why I’m unhappy is because I’ve lost myself over the last few months. Trying to “find” myself again ain’t gonna be easy.
Not so hot today. Yesterday went great. Stuck to the diet. Today I got stuck out in the street, and was too hungry. So I ate at Panera….. cup of potato soup, a Greek salad, and a hot latte. Not only do I feel bad because even if I finish the last two days perfectly, I still fell short of my goal….. I also actually feel bad. My stomach is NOT happy….
Yesterday was the last day of the “prep”. It was a lot easier than the first day. Steamed carrots and broccoli were my best friend. Very filling. Today has been a bit more difficult. I’ve had 2 Ensures, and 2 cans of broth, juice, and water. Chicken broth doesn’t taste that bad, but…
Why did Wendy’s have to release that Blue and Bacon sandwich this week? I keep seeing commercials for it and it looks do good!
But I’m going to try to exercise some self-control. Beef broth for dinner… YUM!