well damn.

I was in the bathroom last night getting ready for bed.  “hey babe..  look at this, I’m loosing all my pubic hair!..  look!”

She said, “yeah.  You’re loosing your eyelashes too.”


Sure enough.  Almost none left on the bottom, and they’re jumping ship fast on the top.  Compare to this.  My eyebrows, however, continue to hang on like champs.  EYEBROW POWER!

I went to see Alberto today.  He did blood work.  I’m still anemic.  So it turns out I’m not ACTUALLY feeling better, I just think I am. (?)

He sent me over to see the surgeon.

The surgeon smiled, “it’s nice to see you.”

“You too,” I said. “I lost my hair.”

“Let me see.”   I took off my hat.  “It’s perfect,” he said.  I’m not sure what he meant, but he was beeming.

He did a *cough* digital exam.  He said “It’s really much better..  much smaller.  It is my gut sense,” (yes, he said “gut sense”) “however, that I will still need to amputate.”


Wasn’t much of a day.

On the bright side, he doesn’t feel that we need to be in too much of a hurry.  Whatever surgery he does, he’s willing to wait until after Thanksgiving.  Good.

0 Replies to “well damn.”

  1. humph. what a day.

    I wish I had pictures to show you from when I was 10 or 11 and had no eyelashes. Instead of falling out, however, they were plucked, for no other reason than because I thought it felt amazing (weird, fuckin’ kid). Glad I grew out of that one.

    I just mention it because I know what it feels like to be scrutinized, people staring because they can’t quite place what’s off. Then there! There, you see they’ve located it, struggled for a moment to give it a reason, then you see them arrive at a conclusion.

    Maybe you won’t have moments like that, as you’re far more robust than I was as a pre-adolescent.

  2. ShitDamnHell
    Sorry about the probable amputation –
    Glad you get to enjoy Thanksgiving !

    Those are wicked strong brows –

  3. maybe your eyebrows are not really hair, but rather separate entities living symbiotically with you?

    thanksgiving is also one of my favorite times of the year. i always get trusted with the cranberry sauce (and maybe a pie). and then there’s the annual colonial williamsburg thanksgiving walk…cold air, bernese mountain dogs, crisp leaves, and hot cocoa.

  4. How about second opinions, etc…. The approaches can sometimes be surprisingly diverse: for example, about five years ago, a friend with colon cancer was scheduled to have open surgery and he found a surgeon who did a minimally invasive resection instead and the results were excellent, no recurrence. May not be in the cards in your situation but might be worth a shot to look around a little anyway and see what other guys in the field think is the optimal treatment now that you have the time. You know, avoid buyer’s remorse and all that. You probably have already explored this, but just in case I thought I would stick my tuppence in.

  5. Yes, what Charles said. I remember from Lance Armstrong’s autobiography that his first few oncologists basically told him he’d live but pretty much never walk again. Then he found a doctor who was talking about what would be the best treatment to protect the lungs of a bike racer. So, yeah, I second Charles tuppence. Have a great Thanksgiving, Ez.

  6. When you will stop with this blog I will be so happy to see and read only about Bicycles! I’m keeping on reading to understand a friend of mine that is living something worst but I can’t talk to him so much about. It’s better to talk about children, works, ships…

  7. Second opinion –
    I agree
    What about Mem. Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – It does sort of kick ass (pun!!!) in the area of cancer treatments. For sure would be worth at least a consult for 2nd opinion ???

  8. Stumbled upon your blog after seeing one of your pics on FlickR. I finished 4 months of chemo 6 weeks ago and lost all my hair (including my eyebrows eventually) with the stuff I was on but I’m glad to say it’s growing back now, all of it at once. Which is good because I live in the UK and it’s cold now.

    Seriously hoping it’s doing it’s job for you. I won’t say anything trite like stay positive, I will say that laughing yourself silly does actually improve your immune system, I have the numbers to prove it.

    Good luck and fingers crossed for you.


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