Monday, 1 June 2020

Hair no more

My blood tests taken last week must have been OK as my chemotherapy will go ahead this week as planned. I was asked in a phone call if I was feeling alright and although I'm not a hundred percent that's to be expected I suppose. I asked the nurse if it was OK to change my mind about having the cold cap to try to prevent my hair from falling out as I've decided I can do without any extra discomfort, I've read all the pros and cons. I'm not that attached to my hair especially as we are all unable to visit hairdresser's shops during this pandemic and who knows when they will be able to reopen. It must be over three months since my last hair cut and that's far too long for me as I like to have a short hairstyle.


So I did it,  I charged up hubby's hair clippers and off came my hair. The highest setting is number 23 but that didn't seem to be working too well so I used number 19. I'm not at all sorry to see my hair go as I've bought three turban style hats for the hair loss eventuality. I'd rather cover up now so when my hair does fall out it won't be in big clumps but shortish tufts. I won't be showing my new haircut online but here's some of my hair.


There was more hair than you can see here in the dustpan and there are some grey hairs I had been trying hard to deny having.


14 comments:

  1. GOOD for YOU!!!!!

    You did it, yourself.

    Not waiting for the chemo to do it.

    Sounds empowering, my Dear.

    No need to show it. But I'll bet it is cool. Yes! Cool! Brave! Strong! In charge! Yessss!!!!!! I want to hug you!!!!! Although it isn't allowed!!!!

    So this will have to do! {{{{{{{{{{EILEEN}}}}}}}}}}

    Get out all your boldest ear rings!!!! And your boldest lipstick! And embrace this new, cool Look!!!!

    Hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you wisps, you've made me feel so good about myself!
      I've just ordered another designer, expensive chemo hat with scarf and why not indeed. Just spent time on Facetime with my daughter and she loves my new hairdo. Hugs to you too ((((wisps)))) :-)

      Delete
  2. I think this post should have the title 'Hair today, gone tomorrow' lol. I must admit I was surprised when I got home from work earlier and read it but I'm with Wisps - get many different hats, matching scarves, bold ear rings, whatever takes your fancy, embrace your new look, be positive and stay strong ((((Hugs for tomorrow))))

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do you know what, that was my original idea for the title and then I changed my mind! No changing my mind on the haircut though :) I'm not unhappy with how it looks but I will be wearing chemo hats, some of them are quite stylish. My doctor told me they give vouchers towards buying a wig but I won't be wearing a wig. Thank you for your hug Eunice I appreciate it x

      Delete
    2. When our daughter had breast cancer, some years ago now!!!!.... She was back to work, when having chemo/radiation. And it was not so fashionable yet, to "go bald." So she got a very nice wig, which was thinned or something... It was adorable.

      But...

      As soon as she got back in the car, to drive home from work, she took it off! And popped on a pink baseball cap.

      She and I do not have curly hair. But when her hair grew back in, it was delightfully curly!!!!!!!!!! Didn't last. But it was so cute, for a while.

      So it will be something to look forward to. How will your hair look, when it grows back in????????????

      🌱🌸🌱

      Delete
    3. I'm back home after spending four hours on the cancer ward and having had my first cycle of chemo. The lovely lady opposite me was nearing the end of her treatments and we were talking and she told me she was wearing a wig and I really couldn't tell. She told me to accept one as hers would normally have cost £90 but she was given it for free. It's something for me to think about. She told me she started to lose her hair not long after her first cycle of chemo and she had tried the cold cap but abandoned it on her second cycle. I refused a cold cap and was told my hair will fall out so my home hairdressing attempt will just mean there's less hair to fall out. I have a long journey to travel and it's too soon to think about my hair growing back but it will eventually.

      Delete
  3. I couldn't do it, so I admire your brave action & as for hugs, heaps coming your way. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Susan and thank you for your email and good wishes and hugs, I really do appreciate them x

      Delete
  4. From Ann via email

    Good for you in cutting your hair. I don't know what the cold cap thing was, but at least you looked into it and the pros and cons. Making a decision and it's done.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Ann for all your support and good wishes, they are very much appreciated.
      The cold cap is a hat worn in chemo treatment, it reduces blood flow to the scalp which limits the amount of medication that reaches the scalp to prevent hair loss. It seems it only works in about half of patients and I decided it's not for me, they can zap all those pesky cancer cells and I'll manage until my hair grows back! I'm not unhappy with how my hair looks now and I'll be wearing some very chic headwear over the next few months :)
      Thank you so much for your good wishes x

      Delete
  5. That can't have been an easy thing to do, Eileen. I admire how you read up on it and came to your decision, that's one thing you can choose to take control of, at least.
    I hope we will get to see some photographs of your new hats. In the meantime I hope your treatment goes well and I'm sending lots of love. Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jules. Once I knew my chemo was definitely going ahead it really wasn't a hard decision to clip it off, my hair is going to fall out anyway with the chemo drugs. I'd bought three turban style hats to cover it up anyway, two are from a local specialist hairdressers who sell online so I know the hats are proper chemo hats. I wore one today for my first chemo session and it was admired by my nurse. I've ordered quite a nice chic hat from them so that will be number four and I'll have a photo of me wearing that if it suits me :) If only hair salons were open I would have much preferred to have had my hair cut professionally.

      Delete
  6. Brave thing to do, I speak from experience, I had mine cut short not shaved. Soft hats worked for me, scarfs kept failing out, so I knitted a few pretty skull caps.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Brave or foolish maybe. I've bought four chemo hats but intend to ask for the voucher towards a wig so I have plenty of choice.

      Delete

Sunday's viewings

Just a  couple of photos from yesterday's walk at the harbour, it was a bright day despite all those clouds. I stood and watched the lif...