Cancer Pattern Baldness – Living with Lymphoma Week 12

The owl's current guess is between 6 & 7 for me...

The owl’s current guess is between 6 & 7 for me…

Let’s face it, I don’t always do the smartest things in life.  I have had numerous bouts with a syndrome I like to call “Dude, hold my beer” that generally doesn’t end well.  Marrying the Lovely Bride?  Yeah, that was smart.

Also smart was not shaving my head or doing anything goofy with my hair at the first word of Cancer.

In the post from a couple of weeks ago, we saw the seriously Beaker haircut I was sporting get trimmed down into something a little more manageable, right?  That way I didn’t look like a complete freak when I was going about my daily business.  Smart move, since it’s been FIVE FREAKING WEEKS since I started chemo!  This is one of those little details that nobody mentions – they tell you that your hair will fall out, sure – but they don’t tell you it doesn’t happen right away.

Hey peeps – It doesn’t happen right away…

And when it does happen?  Yeah, slowwwwwly.



So you’ll note the term I’ve coined for it in today’s title: Cancer Pattern Baldness.  I suppose it’s just like male pattern baldness (any of my buddies out there want to chime in?) where you notice a stray hair here.  Then a couple of stray hairs there.  Then suddenly one morning the sink looks like you’ve had a horrible dandelion-esque accident.  Poof!

Same thing with Cancer Pattern Baldness.  I notice hair going down the shower drain.  It’s all over my pillow.  Don’t ask about my hats, they’re all full.  Oh, and super amounts of fun?  Since there is frigging hair EVERYWHERE?  I’ve almost constantly got hair in my mouth…  Blech!

More fun news?  Sure, I’ve got plenty.  Since my 4th Chemo appointment was scheduled for Monday – oops, that’s a Federal Holiday.  So they moved up Chemotherapy Appointment #4 to today, Friday… before Memorial Day Weekend.  Dammit.

The Crazy Meme Lady even has Jedi Masters on her side.  *Sigh*

The Crazy Meme Lady even has Jedi Masters on her side. *Sigh*

So I’ve spent the past couple of days prepping for that.  Hydrating.  Hydrating.  And some more Hydrating.  And I’ll need to remember to choke down more hydration over the weekend to try to have a better time of it.  Then, I’ve got the grocery shopping done – plenty of soup and crackers, plus meals that the Lovely Bride can manage, and did all the laundry (we don’t let her near washing machines after the “light the pillow on fire in the washer” incident 😉 ).

So if you’re reading this between Noon – 2pm on Friday?  Stop on over to the FB page and say hi.  I’ll see if I can’t come up with some more creative photography this time to get your weekend started right!

Oh, what’s that?  I didn’t finish telling you about the hair?

Yeah, seriously falling out.  I can actually pull out my hair by the handful at this point.  But, what to do?  Buzz it.  I’m going to cut it nice and short so we don’t have to call the maintenance people all the time to deal with clogged drains.

And I ordered another cool hat.

So – as you will hear in just a minute – I have homework for you over the Holiday Weekend.  Go out.  Do whatever fun stuff you do over Memorial Day weekend.  BBQ, Sail, Bike, Dog, Whatever…  And say, “Boy, I can’t wait until next year when Chris can be here to do this with us.”  Then tag me on Facebook and Twitter to let me know you’re having fun.

And obviously, take a minute this weekend to remember all the members of our Armed Forces who have fallen in the line of duty.  That gets lost too often during this particular holiday, I think.

6 Responses to Cancer Pattern Baldness – Living with Lymphoma Week 12

  1. Miki & Tom May 23, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Not only are you a fantastic writer, your humor and gulp-by-gulp hydration moments and all the other hairy/hairless moments have us checking our email frequently. Keep doing what you’re doing, and you’ll be at our barbecue party next summer! Much love…

  2. Diane May 23, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Just stopping in to let you know we are all thinking about you today (well, every day actually). Will be volunteering for the Total 200 again on June 14th and expect to see you there next year!

  3. Àl Ôwne May 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I hope this one goes better than the last one. Remember there are men who shave their heads on purpose to be cool, you’ll be way ahead of them.

  4. sandy naglowsky May 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Covered the hair you have in your picture with my fingers and actually think you would look great bald, shave it off , one less thing to deal with. You are such an inspiration to so many. I love your spirit, keep it up. Much love and many blessings


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