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!
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