Queue Rod Serling: You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of time and space, but of hair. A journey into a wondrous land of strands. You’ve just crossed over into… the Baldilocks Zone. My apologies to those of you born after about 1970, for you are now wondering where the f you can get some of my mind-altering meds. Trust me, your elders are catching my drift. What follows is a stage by stage account of my mane throughout the past two years – a Timeline of Tresses, if you will:
Prior to the madness, I had stick straight hair my entire life, so I’m still learning how to deal with the curls. Not a bad thing to have to deal with. Can I get an amen?
UPDATE: My eyes are getting better and better as far as the Graft vs Host symptoms of redness, puffiness, crustiness, gooeyness and just plain ole gruesomeness. I’m still probably a candidate for the follow-up frickin’ “laser” treatment, due to a little vision fuzziness. Every once in a while I’ll get a yucky crimson patch on my cheek or chin, but they are occurring less and less, especially if I avoid heat and sun. I recently visited my GvH specialized dermo, so she could check out my skin for pre-cancer (I’m now 10 times more likely to develop skin cancer) and GvH. I have large irritated and itchy skin spots on my arms and legs, and one under my left boob, that Dr. J diagnosed as eczema. GRODY! I immediately had a flashback to a 1970’s ad about some treatment for eczema, seborrhea and psoriasis. Remember? Those three words will always be linked together in my mind and they will always take me back to the most heinous images. I’m grossed out mostly by the name ~ the symptoms are really no biggie. At my next appointment with Dr. Fantastic, I will most likely start my childhood vaccinations. You may recall that the lifetime supply of vaccines I had prior to my transplant were wiped out when the chemo tanked my white blood cells down to 0.0 (Blutarsky’s GPA). I was told that my first round of re-vaccinating would include the COHCP – City Of Hope Combo Pack of 7 separate shots 🙂 Bring it!
FANTASTIC NEWS! My son, Rex just received notification that he is a potential match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant! The chances of him being asked to actually donate marrow are not extremely high, but he will probably be asked to give a blood sample for further match testing and go from there. We are all very excited about the possibility of him having the honor of saving someone’s life, and I’ll keep you posted on what happens 🙂 Please consider joining Be The Match, so you, too could potentially be someone’s lifesaver! www.bethematch.org