I know that losing your hair is usually more difficult for women; so much of women's social image and self-image is tied up with their hair and how they look with it that it is very difficult to lose it. For men, I think there is less emotion with this, although I'm sure that varies from man to man.
For me, one of the nice side-effects of the transplant is that I barely have to shave (I shaved today, first time in 3 days), and I think my head looks pretty good. So, bald is beautiful, I say!
I had more energy and felt better this morning, so I think I overdid it a bit. This afternoon I've been a bit shagged. But we are moving in a positive direction. We have a follow-up visit at the BMT clinic on Thursday. I'll let you know how it is looking.
Here I am today:
And to give you all a reference point (because some have been asking me):
Red Blood Cell Count Normal range: 42-52 My last score was 26.1 I think?
Platelets Normal range: 140-440 My last score was 21 or so, if I recall.
Absolute Neutrophils Normal range: 2.2 - 4.8 I hit this one out of the park the day after my last neupogen shot, at 4.7 I expect that number has now dropped. It was at 0 for quite a while. The 500K threshold I mentioned before would be 0.5 on this scale.
So, I still have a bit of ways to go, but I hope my numbers look better on Thursday.
And that's the latest!