My Journey with Lichen Planopilaris

Behold….My New Look!!!!

If you follow my Facebook Page, you know that I had a consultation and chose out a new “hair piece” which was ordered and delivered last week and yesterday I had my appointment to get it altered to match my hair style.

I went to Georgio 635 Salon a few weeks ago and had a consultation with Brenda. She measured my scalp and determined the colour match and we discussed my options. We agreed on a synthetic Topper for my first piece because it’s easier to manage and will fall back into place if it’s synthetic and I wa looking for something low maintenance. The downside is, I have to remember not to cook with it on or ask someone to put things in the oven or take them out as well as being too close to a bonfire or any extreme source of heat.

I called her last week and she placed the order and I went in yesterday afternoon for a desperately needed hair cut and fitting. While she finished up with her other client, she gave me the hair piece to play with and get used to.

We determined the length to cut my hair to match my 8-10 inch hair topper and she gave me a wash and a trim. Then she clipped the topper in place and matched the bangs and softened the edges so it all flowed. It still poofs out a bit at the top but it should mould to my head more and settled after about a week’s worth of wearing.

It’s weird. I am now a woman who wears wigs. I’m having a hard time getting my head wrapped around that now that it’s actually mine and in my possession but it’s still exciting! I can’t wait to go to a concert with my husband in a couple of weeks and be able to wear my hair down instead of in a bun like I normally have to (not really a concert hair style!!). I’m excited to have options again. But it will still take some getting used to. Because I don’t work. Outside of the home, I won’t be wearing it everyday, I can slowly get used to it and practice clipping it to my hair securely enough not to shift but gently enough at the back not to hurt my scalp.

In the end, it’s something, until a few months ago, I never thought I’d purchase or wear in my lifetime but here I am, a woman who wears wigs and a woman who can go out with “her” hair down again. It’s an experience with mixed emotions, but overall it’s positive and exciting!!!

Missed my other posts about hair loss? Here they are!

I’m Losing My Hair

An Update

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A Week of Second Hand Smoke…What We Did to Keep Busy Indoors

I have been trapped inside for nearly a week with my son. Not only has our air been tainted by our southern and western neighbours (by no fault of their own!) to make it unsafe for my son and I to spend any significant amount of time outside, but my son has also been suffering with Roseola, a contagious fever and rash.

So here we are, we can’t go outside because of the smoke and everything indoors out of the house that is fun for my son involves other kids, which would expose them to Roseola, a contagious disease. So here I am, a responsible parent, locking my son and I inside our home, with clean air and not spreading his disease to other innocent children…I’m going stir crazy.

Being Stuck Indoors Due to Forest Fires
We went to superstore yesterday! It was so nice to get out of the house. Don’t get me wrong, I shouldn’t complain, my parents house swapped with us on Wednesday night, they stayed with our kiddo and pooches while we had a night out on the town…dinner and the Lion King, ending it off at their condo so we could sleep in…parents/grandparents of the year!  So technically I can’t complain because I did get an amazing break. But I still go out with my son everyday and we usually spend hours outside so even a break in a week of being trapped in our four walls still makes us both feel a little claustrophobic.

Due to forest fires in the U.S.A.and B.C., we have had no blue sky, no visibility and no quality of air since last weekend. When we go outside, it smells like we’re around a bonfire, only there’s no marshmallows. My poor kiddo doesn’t understand and just wants to play in his sandbox for countless hours.

Days can be long when you can't go out, here are some ideas to help you through them!
So here’s what we’ve been doing to keep busy while we’re trapped indoors (and some other great ideas too!):

  1. Play with Playdough.
  2. Paint.
  3. Build Lego block towers.
  4. Early on in the week, while stress levels are low, bring out some pots and pans and play some music!
  5. Explore new games such as Jenga and building towers or dominoe lines with them and knocking them over.
  6. Have a dance party to Raffi or your child’s favourite music.
  7. Build a Fort out of blankets.
  8. Read Books.
  9. Get some pipecleaners and a milk crate or clothes basket and make a game out of working on your child’s fine motor skills!
  10. Cook.
  11. Have a PhotoShoot and get some fun, recent shots of your kiddos!
  12. Bake.
  13. Get an old Box and make a Box Fort and decorate it.
  14. Make a car track with painter’s tape on your floor.
  15. Make your own Water Table.
  16. Play Dress Up! …old Halloween Costumes, Hats, Scarves, etc.
  17. Put down your To Do List and take advantage of the opportunity to spend quality time with your kiddo(s)!
  18. Do a Puzzle.
  19. Crafts…I let my son use my dull, squiggly craft scissors, he loves stamping, there are endless craft ideas on Pinterest!
  20. Create your own Sensory Table for your child to explore.
  21. Do some housework…and get the kids involved!
  22. Watch a movie.
  23. If your child is healthy and you’ve been considering potty training, a week when you’re stuck in the house is the best time to do it!

Now those of you who know me or regularly read this blog, know I never suggest t.v. for young kid does but at the beginning of the week when my son was feverish and lethargic, we watched a movie and cuddled on the couch, because that’s what we do when we’re sick.

Whatever you choose to do, I hope you can make the best of being stuck in the house, whatever the reason!