Gravity is a constant. Whether you jump on your feet or fall on your face – gravity is the same. Velocity is variable, but it can still hurt.
Today I want to tell you about my black eye, specifically how I healed it (with photos!), and some concealer attempts. Be advised that I’m not a beauty blogger, so I don’t have tools and tricks that others have. Also, I injured myself away from home, so I didn’t have access to my own products for a few days.
But I had access to two things.
1. Fasting. Really! Not digesting all day = plenty of energy for healing.
2. Ibuprofen. Yep. I generally avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but I needed the help. Regular ibuprofen reduced the swelling in my face overall, which helped me move my jaw and deflate my bottom lip.
Continue reading if you want to see the photos, and see the benefits of my anti-inflammatory diet!
Instead of boring you with the tale of how I ended up in an emergency room, I would rather dazzle you with the results.
My CT scan (first ever!) was noted as “clean” so I was confident that I didn’t have a skull fracture, or concussive swelling. Dr. Rios patched up my flesh wounds.
☞ Related: Cate Shanahan MD specifically writes about diet and brain injury in her book Deep Nutrition. I’ve been avoiding industrial seed oils and added sugars for years, while favoring high-quality nutrient-dense foods (and fasting when good foods are unavailable). I really believe that this way of eating gave my body exactly what it needed for rapid healing.
I left the ER with stitches (chin, outer lip, inner lip), road rash on my knee (thank goodness I was wearing real denim), bruises on my legs and feet, a lightly loose tooth, plus a sore eye…that started darkening within hours.
Good thing my cousin was getting married the next day, I had one makeup product, a headache, and four hours of sleep! <insert sad trombone> ↓↓
The makeup (an E.L.F. concealer) did a good job. Not my best color match, but it concealed well enough. My most used phrase the first few days was “It looks worse than it feels!” And it really was. All I wanted was soup and sleep. Hot & sour soup is my favorite elixir.
☞ Related: New Year Hot & Sour Soup
A few days later I was able to get more sleep, but I also had access to arnica gel and the opportunity to not wear make up. My focus was hydration, fasting & relaxing, then enjoying one high-quality meal with family each day possible.
We got home just in time to have one sleep before getting our new passport photos. I had access to my other concealers – and I didn’t do the best job, but my new passport DOESN’T feature my black eye. Also, this day was the darkest and most yellow my eye got. ↓↓
Home isn’t just makeup though! Home is also vitamin patches, red light therapy, easy access to hot or cold packs, bandages, and a very comfy bed.
☞ Related: Vitamin Patches
☞ Related: Why I Love Red Light Therapy
I read online that black eyes need about two weeks to heal, but I feel that my healing timeline was so much faster! I know that bodies
- do the most repair when we are in deep sleep
- that are metabolically flexible experience more autophagy than non-metabolically flexible people
- require high-quality foods to build and heal
- will take the time that they need to adequately heal
☞ Related: Day Nine ↑↑ was also the first day of Outfits of the Day Q2 2023, so you can watch me heal up from that perspective also ⫸ Outfits of the Day Q2 2023
So now my healing is less visible, so I’ll only update a few more times when I perceive changes.
By day fourteen
- my black eye has visibly healed
- I can feel two small nodules around the outer rim of my eye socket. They seem to be anchored in the facial muscle, but they’re not painful. One is already less pronounced than before, and I gently move them when I apply face creams
- my stitches have all dissolved, or are entirely internal now
- my bottom lip is only puffy due to new scar tissue; when I smile, the injured side bulges a little bit. Each day I stretch and massage my lip for a few minutes to physically loosen it up
- what once felt like a lentil in my lip now feels like one large grain of rice
- my chin doesn’t feel as asymmetrical as it did last week, but maybe I’ve just gotten used to it
- the chin scar was the least visible and doesn’t move as much. It definitely healed first, but I can feel the scar tissue is well-anchored and stiff. I’ll work on breaking up that stiff tissue after my lip feels more normal (so maybe later this year, but I’m not in a rush)
- my jaw felt normal around day ten; I didn’t need ibuprofen to improve the range of motion (much easier tooth brushing, yay!)
- my loose tooth is still tender, but I can use it a little bit. I can bite into soft foods without worry, but anything more firm than pizza requires a little more care. There is no pain, and thanks to an overbite that hasn’t been corrected – there is no contact unless I’m eating. Since I’m an A student, I actually do wear my retainers every night, and this ritual gives me peace. The tooth color and surrounding gum still look normal
- my right knee’s road rash has healed entirely, but the joint itself is still a bit swollen. It only hurts when my child runs into it when I’m sitting, or if I need to kneel. Luckily my kid runs into my knee frequently so I get to relive a little trauma several times a day
- my left shin’s bruises are slowly fading without coming up to surface. At a glance, my legs look normal (maybe?) they don’t look recently injured
- my left foot’s big toe only hurts when pressure is applied to the nail bed. But for the record, this particular toe has been the victim of many tramplings for years and is almost always hurting. After my losing match with gravity, the pain seems centered on one specific point that I hope is growing out. If you see me in the wild and I look mad -I’m not- I’m just in pain that I hope will one day be a distant memory.
More slow updates are incoming!