Oops. Seek Professional Help


I’ve been wanting to shave my head for around a week now. The original plan was to do it ourselves, then Charlie talked me into trying to see my stylist. When that fell through because we had a conflicting appointment, I bought what I thought was the correct instrument and we set tonight, Wednesday, as the date.

So it turns out the instrument is correct for trimming beards and sideburns. It is also correct for shaving faces. It is not, however, correct for shaving heads. After it didn’t work on trimmer, I suggested using scissors to cut the bulk of the hair so we could use the closer trimmer. When I was done, he looked like a wanderer begging for fresh water in Fallout 4.

IMG_1570

It was 7:55 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving: time for emergency intervention! I called Floyd’s Barbershop and they said they could work us in. They did, and shaved both our heads at the same time. I don’t have a lot of pics of Charlie, but he was able to get some in-progress shots of my hair through the initial, not-short-enough phase to final.

during shave 1

duringshave2

aftershave2

I really do believe in the transformative power of curiosity. I wasn’t sad at all last night, even seeing my green-teal hair bits on the floor. I went in with questions about what my head looked like and what I would like. I was so busy being interested in the answers that there wasn’t room for any doubts or worry.

At the end of the haircuts, we went to the counter. They smiled, handed us a blank receipt, and told us to have a Happy Thanksgiving. It was an awesome gift–spontaneous and sincere–and we walked out with big smiles.

after shave together

Related Posts

Be Your Own Advocate

I routinely encounter folks dealing with serious illness (mostly cancer, in my circumstances) who accept whatever the first doctor they meet tells them, even if what they’re told is that there is no hope. I

Read More »

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is head and neck cancer awareness month! Be aware of the causes and symptoms, summarized in the graphic at the bottom. For me, it was a swollen lymph node below my jaw that didn’t

Read More »

Clinical Trial Math

Clinical trial math example: Monday + every two months = time to start worrying about my scan the following Monday. Tuesday + pain below my right ribs = worry about that AND the scan the

Read More »

My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me

Last year, I was in the hospital from chemo for my birthday, not knowing the cancer would blossom again months later. This year, I’m walking around San Francisco–short of breath sometimes, but walking–looking forward to

Read More »

Unpredictability and Patterns

The every-other-week treatment schedule has become habit at this point. In at 7:45 am, IV and blood draw, discussion with the trial nurse, meet with Dr. Ani, get the blood test results, then infusion and

Read More »

Speaking Out and its Price

I’m exhausted and stressed and sad and angry. I try to keep my posts here focused and positive, but it’s really hard at this point. I was contacted last week by the Organizing Director of

Read More »