I’m still in wig mode, figuring out how to deal with a bald head. I love my wig! But it is a bit scratchy, so I only wear it when I’m out and about. UCSF hosts the SF Opera’s wig master once a month: he donates his time to cancer patients, helping them figure out how to deal with their wigs. I got to go last week. It was a fun outing for friend Bethany and me.
1) The woman who works in the shop that has hats, wigs, scarves, the woman who deals with cancer patients and their head covering needs all day long asked if I brought a wig with me for the wig master to help with. She didn’t know I was wearing my wig, or that it was a wig at all. Score!
2) The wigmaster took 45 minutes with the nervous man and his more-nervous wife before me, trimming the wig, holding the hand of the wife who clearly cared lots more than her wigged husband. At the end, he looked GREAT, and they all left happy. My turn = 15 minutes, where the master told me I had a wonderful wig, that human hair really was worth the extra expense. He showed me the details of my wig that were extra special, he dampened it a little and scrunched it up a bit, and gave me a couple of other tips. Leave-in conditioner, in tiny amounts; wet and shake it and let it dry overnight, things like that. He also told us that the human hair wigs at the Opera have lasted up to 30-40 years, but the synthetic ones often have to be replaced within 1 year.
3) I have another little trick that I discovered at another cancer head covering shop: The Next Step: a halo! It’s a head band of sorts with a fringe of (synthetic, but cheap!) hair to wear under a hat.
That’s all for now. I’m getting scans next week, so we’ll know more about this new fancy treatment and if it’s working. Fingers are officially crossed. signed, four crying.
ps I am having troubles with wordpress… so no photos today, I’ll try to fix it soon! photos coming as early as I’m able to figure it all out.