The hair. It's still there.

It's still there. This is my new obsession. My hair. Actually, it's not all that new, but I seem to be more preoccupied with it these days which I know is directly related to the fact that I read that if it falls out, it will be within 2-3 weeks of the first treatment. This Wednesday marks three weeks since my first Taxotere infusion. The hair? It's still there.

Hair loss usually starts 2–3 weeks after the first dose of Taxotere, although it may occur earlier. Hair may be lost completely or may just thin. You may also have thinning and loss of eyelashes, eyebrows and other body hair. In one clinical study, hair loss was reported in up to 75.8 percent of people who took Taxotere.

Ok... so it it possible that I could be one of the 24.2%??? They also say that nausea and fatigue is common, but I haven't experienced any nausea whatsoever, and aside from being a little more tired at night sometimes, my energy level is pretty much normal. However... does this mean it's not working?

I suppose I could make myself insane if I chose to. I should probably choose not to.

Saturday I woke up certain that I was feeling some changes. I don't know if perhaps I slept on my head funny or something, but I just got this feeling that the hair was starting to go. Of course, after that, each hair that fell out (and I always lose hair daily, even pre-chemo) was a precursor to my thinking that the whole lot was going to blow off as soon as I walked outside and a strong wind blew. That would be a sight, huh? I'm starting to think it was phantom hair loss as it's now Monday and I still have a full head of hair.

You see dat hair? Yup. It's mine. All of it. Honestly, I think I am losing a bit more than usual, but I just don't know if it will all go. Stay tuned for that chapter.



    On August 20, 2007 at 7:27 PM Alyson said...

    and 'tis beautiful hair at that!

    On August 20, 2007 at 8:09 PM Nighty said...

    Beautiful hair on a beautiful head. One that will still be beautiful no matter what.

    Positives to no hair..

    no razor burns on your cootchie coo

    Your pits never look like you've just come from a weekend at a hippie convention.

    You can snuggle with Greg at any time without stabbing him with leg stubble!!!

    That having been said... I feel your pain you know that.

    and the 2nd time my hair came back.... it came back BETTER!

    Love you!