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I got a nose job: Do I regret it?

rOk, so this was once upon a time, long story short….I had a nose job. Truth be told I hadn’t always hated my nose. I think the first time I realized my nose was less than normal or ‘cute’ was when a school classmate asked me if I had broken my nose. It was only then that I examined my nose a little more carefully. I think I was in the seventh grade. Junior high is one of those pivotal times in your life as a young teenager. A time when you start to notice boys, girls become obsessed with hair and makeup trends, school dances and who was the most popular become the most important aspects of life.

I think my feeling of inadequacy started here, in Jr. high.

After my insensitive classmate pretty much said “what’s up with your schnoz” I closely examined my nose more carefully and to my utter shock and confusion I realized I did have a less than desirable side profile which my nose was a little longer than I would have liked and had a bridge hump towards the top. I started to wonder if I had in fact broken my nose. It did kind look that way.

Fast forward to my mid twenties and I just could not shake this feeling of nasal inadequacy. I wanted a ‘cute’ nose, a ‘button’ nose, the kind of nose you see in magazines like Glamour and Elle.

I decided to get a free cosmetic procedure consultation. I was asked by my future surgeon the same question, “did you ever break your nose?” Wow, is everyone this insensitive? Ok, I guess a cosmetic surgeon could say that, I mean after all he had my best interest at heart right? I came to him with a problem and he was trying to solve it.

Looking back I did actually recall an incident where I was running at school in 3rd grade and I ran smack dab into the side of a portable classroom, cutting the corner too close as I was running to a sewing class. I remember this hurting a whole hell of a lot and my nose did bleed quite a bit. I thought after I viewed my profile…”hmm, did I in fact break my nose?” Nonetheless, it was time to fix the damage that had been done so many years before this appointment. After my surgeon told me I had a deviated septum and that it’s highly probable that my medical insurance would cover some of the procedure, I decided to fork over nearly $5000, reluctantly, and scheduled the surgery. My surgeon said the procedure would take a couple hours and be an outpatient event. Easy peasy right?

Having grown up in poverty and spending so much time and energy trying to get out of poverty, $5000 at the time might as well have been $100,000 to me. But I figured the confidence boost it would give me could propel me into a far better tax bracket than my lowly wage as an administrative assistant at a local furniture store. And it would make for great wedding pics as my then husband snd I were renewing our vows with a real ceremony this time. The first wedding was in the living room of our very first apartment together.

After waiting a couple weeks impatiently, the day finally came! Surgery day! I went through the procedure and was told when I awoke that the surgery had in fact taken a lot longer, actually more like 6 hours. I guess I bleed pretty bad and the surgery didn’t go quite as planned. I looked like I had just been in the rig with Mike Tyson. That’s actually an understatement, it was all bad! I had two black eyes. Two tampon looking bandages in my nostrils and bandages on my face. I looked like a hot mess, although I was too sore and tired to care. My then husband (now ex-husband) drove me home and really the rest of the day was a blur. Assuming I just went home and slept. Day three post-op was the worst day of recovery, my whole face was swollen and my eyes where nearly swollen shut.

I think I got my bandages off about 7-10 days post-op. When I finally got to see the results of the surgery I was soooo happy. See my Avatar pic on this blog for a good view of what my nose looked like post op.

Here I am now, it’s been about 14 years since my surgery and I can safely say that although I don’t regret the surgery, I do wish I had been more informed. My nose has changed shape. It’s now more boney looking and the bridge has a sharp, non-rounded edge. I have reoccurring sinus infections which can be pretty brutal. I’ve had stinging in my nose. I’ve had gross smelling nasal discharge (I know TMI) before a few times, I’ve had sinus headaches and now I was told I may have to have a other surgery to correct the first surgery and that I still have a deviated septum. Although, I was told that a future surgery may be necessary with a Rhinoplasty, I guess I kinda just shrugged the risk off as being a rare possibility and I was hopeful that my surgery would go perfectly and be the exception.Why am I posting this on a frugal living blog? I think it’s important to share personal things that I’ve gone through, I want to be as open and transparent about my life struggles. I have not had an easy life by any stretch of the imagination. These are just some huge hurtles I’ve had to overcome in my life. I have endured child abuse, neglect, poverty, infertility, domestic abuse, having a special needs child, financial struggles, medical struggles, a five year divorce and a bankruptcy. I feel like I can relate to just about anyone at this in my life, I literally have gone through everything humanly possible, and yet I’m still standing, I’m still here and I live to fight another day! I hope this post helps and inspires someone who might be struggling with something difficult. Be brave and stay strong…. this too shall pass.

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Hi there! Welcome to my blog! I’m Sandi I’m a momma to two boys ages five and eight. My eight year old has Autism and Selective Mutism. After working a “normal” job and leaving my kids crying at daycare. I quickly realized there has to be a better way. I’ve been literally obsessed with business and home businesses and decided it was my goal and mission to test and try various work from home opportunities and pass this knowledge on to other moms that might be looking for a better way as well.

I started this blog originally eight years ago when my first son was born to fulfill my need for a creative outlet during his nap times, he was just three months at the time. This blog started out as a money saving/couponing blog. I got super excited when I realized how far I could stretch my very tight stay at home mom budget after my son was born. I figured my “finds” should be posted so I can help other mommies stretch their budget as well.

This blog is being updated and revamped. Started as just a blogger blog. I have a huge passion for not only helping moms save big, but also create ways of earning income online as well. After all, it’s not just about saving, but it’s about creating a life you love and earning enough money to enjoy your time. Being a good steward, with not only your money, but your resources and energy as well are all things I aspire to help you with on this blog/Youtube channel. I dedicated a lot of time and energy into testing work at home businesses ideas and passive income strategies to help you build multiple income streams at home, I hope to pass this knowledge on to other moms! I’d love to have you follow along! Mommin’ ain’t easy, but this blog will help you make mommin’ easier!

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