Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bald is Beautiful

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!


  1. Wow, I had no idea any of this was going on. I did not recognize post-transplant Dr. Tolman! I am glad you are doing better.

    1. Thanks, Mark. Things have been interesting the past months. Thanks for the kind wishes.

  2. Dr. Tolman, Cameron and I continue to pray for your continued improvement! Cam loves the bald look...he's think about shaving his own head...

    Cam's joke of the day: Why does it take so many sperm to fertilize an egg?

    They are just like men, they won't stop and ask directions either...

    All our love, Cam and Julie John

    1. I'm ready to help Cam when he wants to shave his head. Maybe we could start a department trend? ;)