• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 151 (Hair Update)


    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  3.00 miles;  Running Total: 73.68 miles)

    Day 151 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    A quick hair update.

    I never lost all the hair on my head. The remaining hair isn’t enough to cover my scalp, but I do have some hair.

    It’s mostly peach fuzz.

    Gray peach fuzz.

    I’m telling you… Post nuclear apocalypse, gray hair and cockroaches will take over the world.

    My hair thinned everywhere else, too. Under my arms, on my legs, my eyelashes.

    The exceptions to the rule are my eyebrows and nose hair.

    I lost all the hair in my nose. That’s partly why I was having nose bleeds. Nature’s nose filter couldn’t stand up to the drugs.

    And my eyebrows are practically nonexistent. They are thin enough to count individual hairs. As of today I have ten eyebrow hairs on the left and six on the right.

    Learning to draw on eyebrows is one of the most crucial skills I’ve learned during chemo. A bald head can just be a fashion statement.

    A bald head and no eyebrows means something is wrong.

    But… How’s this for a bizarre silver lining?

    Today’s silver lining: I noticed that my leg hair is starting to grow back faster!

    Who ever thought I’d be happy to see that happen?

    Just a few weeks ago my leg hair was thin enough that I only needed to shave once a week. Now I have to shave every two or three days.

    And if leg hair growth isn’t exciting enough for you, here’s another one.

    Today’s second silver lining: I’m excited to see nose hair growing again!

    Chemo isn’t over. I still have two left (the next one is Friday). But having three weeks between treatments is apparently enough time for hair to begin growing back.

    This gives me hope that my hair will grow back quickly once chemo is over.

    Of course, I’ll have to re-learn the habit of shaving every day.

    Hence the reminder above.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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  1. Rene says:

    Funny how we get excited about the simplest things. I’ve always had very light very thin eyebrows (Thank you to my German/Austrian heritage!) And have had the “privilege” to draw them on daily since Jr Hi. And now dye once a month too. So imagine my surprise when I found the texture on a few lovely strands! And the let down to find the texture is because those few lovely strands are GRAY! 🙁
    Wholly Cow! Somehow that is just not right. LOL!

  2. Epbj says:

    I laughed really hard, Chewbacca, gray hairs and cockroaches! Thank you. Ah, new hair, it’s like Springtime. Cheers to the 16 hairs that hold on, to the grey peach fuzz, and to new stubble. I hope you get razors, shave gel and hairties from Santa, and that you’ll desperately need them. I’ll be thinking about you on Friday.

  3. Annette says:

    I’m happy your hair is growing back too!! A milestone!! Xoxox

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