Try it they said. It’ll work they said. That’s what I was told about Zim’s Max Crack Creme when I was asked if I would review it. Now what you may not know is that there are products that I’ve reviewed that I don’t recommend. You’ll never see those on my blog because I only share the ones that I recommend with a 4/5 to 5/5 star rating. My sitting time is limited and I chose to spend the time writing reviews about the products I highly recommend.
You see, I can’t sit long at my desk and propping up to use my laptop in my bed causes an increase in pain. So, again, my sitting time is limited.
Let’s back it up in case you’re here for the first time.
Many moons ago I had to have an emergency hysterectomy. I was given two choices. I had to have the surgery, or I had to have the surgery. I had the surgery. Now I still don’t know what happened but what I do know is that my bones were brittle and due to the position I was in when the surgery was performed, my spine gave in. Or in other words, my disks blew out. I came out of surgery thinking I’d be back at work in 6 weeks only to find that I couldn’t get up from my bed.
I’m not going to go into all of the downfalls I had for the two years following the surgery, while trying to find a surgeon to agree to do my surgery. I knew that there was a good chance that it would fail. I didn’t have anything to lose so for me, it was my only option. I begged and pleaded enough that one doctor finally relented and I had my back surgery. It failed.
After finally having the surgery, I spent the next four years bedbound. I was told that this was it for me. Accept it. Deal with it. But this was it. And if the truth be told, I accepted it because I didn’t want to get up. I did not want to deal with the extra pain movement caused.
After those first four years, something changed my mind. It was during this time that I realized that if I was going to have a second chance at life, I was going to have to learn to create a second life for myself. I was in pain so intense I couldn’t explain it if I tried. But I had to overcome that. Reason being, my first grandchild was born. I thought of all of the ball games I’d miss and all of his priceless moments and those of any future grandkids I’d have and I threw away my back brace. Just. Like. That. I called a local medical supply store in our area to bring me a shower chair, wheelchair, walker, and a cane.
I started sitting 5 seconds at a time and taking one step at a time. I said words I didn’t even know I knew and created words from out of the blue. I hated everyone but most of all I hated myself. Because I wasn’t important anymore. My work was no longer important. My life was no longer important. I’d lost my self-worth. There was only one person I hated more than myself and that was none other than Oprah. I. HATED. HER. With a passion. Every time I took a painful step I wanted to slap her. Why? Because she dared to show her smiling face for all the world to see when I was having a full-fledged pity party. My anger at her is what fueled my desire to succeed. I had to be mad at someone. Day after day I saw her smiling face. Day after day. On May 25, 2011 when The Oprah Winfrey show aired for the last time, I cried. Big, huge, body rocking, sobs. I knew I was on my own and if I was going to succeed, I had to do it because I wanted to and not because Oprah Winfrey dared smile at me through my TV screen. I had to be mad at myself. Mad enough to suck up the pain and accept that although my life was different, I still had one. Some people never get a second chance at life.
Slowly, and I do mean slowly, I’ve made it to the point that I can say I now have a second life. Not just a second chance, but a second life. It’s completely opposite from the life I imagined I’d have during this phase in my life, but in some ways, it’s more fulfilling. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, even with chronic pain and that in itself is something to rejoice in. I have small accomplishments every day of my new life and I don’t take them for granted. God put me on my back for a reason and although I’m not sure what the reason is and I’m smart enough to know that I may never know that reason, the fact of the matter is, I made a second life for myself and I’m proud of that.
Do NOT feel sorry for me. I gave up my self-pity and exchanged it for life. There is absolutely no room for pity in my life, so again, you’re not allowed to feel pity for me.
One of the things to help me get through each day is my beauty routine. If I think I look beautiful, I feel beautiful. Despite the good, the bad and the ugly, and in this case, the ugly being the increase in pain that I know is coming during bath time. Getting in and out of the bathtub is painful to the point that I have to make myself excited about bath time or I will give in to the pain. Over the years, I’ve found products that truly help me get through my morning routine. I use bath wash that smells divine, to lift my spirits and I have to say there is something about bath and body products that have a breezy smell, that helps me imagine I’m on a beach somewhere, sipping on a cute umbrella drink. I also use hair care products that do the same. They have to smell good AND work well. I also love scented bath salts. Splashing around in a sea of Lavender helps me relax and that helps get my pain level down enough that I can move on to the next stage in my day.
This is the fun part for me. I’m not going to go through all of my beauty routine steps at this time but I will point out some of the things that help boost my spirit.
I use a fade cream that I was told can be purchased at Walmart (although I order mine in a multi-pack from Amazon) at the recommendation of a nurse at my dermatologist office. It’s cheaper than the prescription kind and I’m starting to see results with it. From point A to point B, I’ve aged. Looking in the mirror is not an easy task. Getting rid of my age spots is really important to me and it gives me something to work towards. I always need to work towards goals & no matter how small they may seem to others, all of my goals are important to me.
Using a good toothbrush and toothpaste such as the Xlear Care Kit is a REALLY important step in my daily beauty routine. It helps give me confidence. I take medication on a daily basis and that causes dental issues. I have to spend extra time working on my dental health.
I always wear perfume. Every day. Perfume with scents that relax or even excite me. Perfume is a must have. My “special occasion” faves and must have are Organza by Givenchy and Wings Perfume by Giorgio Beverly Hills. My every day favorite is one that I reviewed awhile back.
Sitting through a hair cut isn’t always an option for me and since I don’t know of a beautician that would come to my home to style my hair, in between my needed appointments, I try to style my hair in some manner on a daily basis. Usually pulling it up in a clip is an easy and quick fix. I feel better about my appearance if I’ve given a little effort towards my hair. So usually it’s a shampoo and updo day for me. Even though I’d much rather cover my high forehead with some cute bangs. Ramsey trademark.
When it comes to my feet, I usually just wear a pair of socks around the house and having dry cracked heels is a no no. I hate the feel of dry cracked heels rubbing against my socks. EEEEEKKKKK! This is the time of year when I’m able to just slide my feet into cute sandals instead of trying to put on shoes (I can’t bend so that’s a challenge in itself). I love wearing sandals when my feet look cute. Don’t we all? Especially when I’m having a fairly decent pain day and I get out of the house to go shopping or take some day trips.
So, to bring you back to the real reason for this post, I couldn’t turn down the chance to review Zim’s Max Crack Creme. Did I write all of this just to say that? Yup. My heels were in need of some serious help and I was in need of something new to add to my routine that would give me something to be excited about.
Pre Zim’s Max Crack Creme:
Post Zim’s Max Crack Creme:
This is one of those products where I don’t have to say anything about the results. My photos don’t lie. I’m a believer. My heels, elbows hands, and knees look good, feel good and I’ve now got another product to add to my fun & daily beauty routine. I hope you will use my links and read more about Zim’s naturally based products. I think you’ll see why I’ve not only taken the time to share this product with you, but I’ve made a commitment to myself to use it on a daily basis. Liquid and creme forms available.