Ok, I’ve taken the plunge and made a hairdressers appointment for this afternoon. Sounds normal doesn’t it but for me it’s huge!
Over the past 8 months, since my leg broke, my hair has been breaking off in chunks. Not sure if it’s gone out in sympathy for my leg but whatever the case, I have quite significant gaps in my hair where it should be longer in length.
Instead is short & stubby.
A Surprising Handful
We all lose hair. It’s not uncommon to see your hairbrush full of wispy strands after a period of time.
I had started noticing some long strands between my fingers when washing my hair in the shower. I just thought it must be strays or too much hairspray. Probably the latter as I do love to style my hair and, let’s face it, that needs the odd layer of cement to hold it in place.
I was not expecting what happened a few nights ago. After applying shampoo and gently lathering, I rinsed and applied conditioner. I began to run my fingers through my hair to allow the conditioner to infiltrate the ends.
All felt smooth and healthy. I felt the few normal wispy strands in my fingers, or so I thought. To my complete surprise and shock, I looked down to find a handful of wet brown hair in my hand.
I felt sick. This wasn’t normal. I ran my fingers through again thinking I must have had a large knot that I’d unknowingly pulled out.
Sure enough more hair came out. Not quite as much but definitely more than should.
There was no denying I was now experiencing real hair loss.
You’ve Got A Mullet!
I’ve been able to quite cleverly disguise it with styling but this morning my husband said the back now looks like an uneven mullet!!
He wasn’t being cruel. He is my best friend and always tells me I look beautiful even when I don’t, so if he says it’s not looking right any more, it’s definitely time for action.
I’ve never been a fan of short hair on me but I don’t mind a short bob. I have no idea how I’m going to look coming out of the appointment but my husband has said he will still love me no matter what. Bless him!
I guess that’s all that counts at the end of the day.
It Does Matter, Even If It Doesn’t!
Hair loss is a real issue for many of us suffering from autoimmune diseases. Some may think its the least of our problems, my Specialist certainly does! He is a lovely man but wasn’t incredibly compassionate when I raised the topic.
His view is that it’s more important to have the right medication to control my disease. He also thinks that my hair loss is part of my complex autoimmune diseases and I have more serious issues than hair loss.
He’s probably right. My Grandmother lost most of her hair and needed to wear a wig. Two of my Aunties are experiencing significant hair loss too.
I think it does matter though, even if it doesn’t. It is really important to feel that we are looking the best we possibly can, especially when health is compromised.
The hairdressing salon I rang is not somewhere I’ve been before but I’ve chosen her because I’ve hobbled passed a few times and it looks clean. The staff look friendly and more importantly there is disabled parking right outside.
When I called to make the appointment two beautiful things happened. One, they could see me this afternoon and two, I explained a bit of my story and she just got it!! I had that sense of peace that this is right.
Oh and thirdly she is right next to my Pathology and I have to get my monthly blood tests done today….hows that for convenience!
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