Believe it or not, I have actually enjoyed some benefits of baldness the past few months since going through chemo (read about that here).
- Cost-saving: no salon cuts or colors or expensive products
- No. Bad. Hair. Days. EVER.
- No cursing the humidity, rain, wind, fog (see above)
- No hat or bed head
- Showers are *super* fast
- No time spent styling
- When it’s really hot, the car ac hits your SCALP and cools you like INSTANTLY
- You don’t have to shave your legs. Ever. (cuz the chemo makes you bald *everywhere*)
- No chin hairs!
- You can drive with the windows down and not worry about messing up or tangling your hair
So many perks to baldness. And yet….
Way back in the beginning of September, about a month after getting my head shaved, I was getting weary of the head scarves I was wearing every day and I knew they were not going to cut it once the cold weather came. So my daughter and I checked out a local wig shop.
There were a GAZILLION options. And people had been saying things to me like “ooh, you can really have fun with a wig – go crazy!” But…I didn’t want to be “crazy.” I just wanted to feel like ME again.
I finally narrowed the options down to one…although I couldn’t try it in the color I wanted, so I had to order it just based on the style and HOPE the color that I selected from a teeny tiny little sample was going to be right. Plus, the name of the wig was Hunter, which is one of my wonderful past dogs.
Then I waited. First the wig shop made a mistake on the insurance form and the claim was denied. I spoke to the insurance company who said well THAT’S a mistake, of COURSE you’re covered…have the wig shop people send a corrected form and we’ll expedite the process. Then I waited again. Eventually the insurance responded to the claim…denied again! WTH??? Now my work’s HR person got on their case…I mean, REALLY got on their case…and FINALLY, just last week, after two months of nonsense..I finally got my wig!!!
It’s taking a little getting used to…it’s certainly not like having your own hair, and I won’t even wear it every day…but at least I can when I want to! And I finally feel like ME again, and that’s what I wanted.
PS: this was the surprise I mentioned in Sunday’s Week in Review post!