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So 2/4 of my incisions were sore today which is weird because I had the surgery last Friday and though one incision has been uncomfortable from the start, all the rest were fine until the other started bothering me today. Add to that a low grade fever. So I thought maybe I needed to remove the plastic covers/gauze that was on the 2 incisions that were sore and after we consulted one of my mom’s friends who has been a nurse for almost 40 years, we learned that plastic and gauze should have been taken off last weekend and therefore none of my incisions were really breathing.

Anyways, the bandages are off and though none really look infected, two are still uncomfortable so the plan is to watch the fever and let them breathe and see how things are in the morning. If there is no improvement, I will call the surgeon and see what she says. I’m sure all is fine. It just sucks that I might have set back the healing process.

On the plus side, my throat seems to be healing for the most part so I can actually sorta taste teas again. This one is very pungent with the smoke scent which helps with the taste aspect tbh. More than that though, this tea, now that it has cooled, has a distinct leather flavor to it. Sweet leather, but leather nonetheless. There is not a whole lot of maple this time around but that could be my still-slightly messed up throat and tastebuds. I am still enjoying this last cup but I am also okay that this is the last.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope that that was just a temporary blip and that you are on the mend again.

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Evol Ving Ness

Hope that that was just a temporary blip and that you are on the mend again.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped


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