I’m back! Did you miss me?! 🤪
I’ve been down and out for the last few weeks. I tried a new texturizing hairspray for the first time on a prom upstyle and it kicked my ass!!! 24 hours of non stop coughing landed me in urgent care. Did you know you can get pneumonia from chemical inhalation?! Yeah, me neither. X-rays showed it was in part of the right lung. I was sent home w/ an inhaler, steriods, and an antibiotic. A few days later I ended up back at urgent care. This time X-rays showed the pneumonia was on both sides of the lung. Off to the er I went, and was admitted. Iv steroids, and double medicated nebulizer treatments for 24 hrs. X-ray the next day still showed it in both sides but the lungs sounded clear and I was finally responding to meds. I was sent home w/ a steroid tapper and more nebulizer treatments. A week later I had a follow up w/ my primary. Lungs didn’t sound good again. Extra strength Musinex to help clear it and continue the nebulizer and steroids. Pulmonologist called the following day. When he heard I still wasn’t feeling well he wanted me in right away. Although my lungs now sounded clear, I am still having difficulty breathing. The breathing test results made me mad. Asthmatic?! As someone who’s never had any breathing issues... I’m beyond annoyed. The pulmonologist is now concerned that there will be lingering, if not permanent issues.
12 years in this industry. 12 years of upstyles, and keratin treatments, and perms, and bleach, and color... never have I ever had any issues!!! One upstyle?! One product?! That’s all it took.
So, this is the new me. Carbon filtered masks will keep me protected. I’m sensitive to everything right now so this is my constant. While mixing chemicals, when applying, when using styling products... this is what you’ll get. Me and my Mortal Combat mask
Thank you to everyone that has, and continues to check in on me. It’s nice to be back to work, but I do have to take it slow. Until breathing is back to normal, I have to scale back at the salon a bit. Thank you for your understanding and patience as I try to get through this nightmare.