Wigs, CT Scans and Stuff
The stylist came over last night (Danny from LaSpina Renewed Image Salon in Mahopac) at about 5:30 and spent over an hour working on Ana’s new wig. Ana wasn’t ready to have her hair completely buzzed off yet, so she can’t really wear the wig comfortably at this point. It’s designed to sit flat against her skull and it will be impossible to tell that it’s a wig when she’s wearing it. It’s a hand knotted wig, so it behaves like human hair – you can even see her scalp when she parts it because it has a special mesh cap.
There are a lot of reasons we didn’t try getting her the wig through a place like Locks of Love or another charity – the biggest two being time (it took Danny 24 hours to get the wig and another 24 hours before he was literally sitting in my dining room styling it) and insurance (namely, ours will cover $400 to $500 the cost of the wig which can either be applied to our deductible or we’d get reimbursed for that.) The wig cost much more than that though, but it’s something that Ana really needs at this point. Hair is a touchy subject in our house lately. Danny just charged us for the wig, not the many hours of his time he donated to speak with me, email me, drive here (directly from his salon in Mahopac), style the wig and cut Ana’s hair to make it look more even.
Also – a bit of news – I got a call from Sloan Kettering yesterday and her CT scan is officially scheduled for November 6th. We’ll meet with the surgeon, Dr. LaQuaglia, at that time too. That’s the big day, folks. We’ll hopefully find out if Dr. LaQuaglia feels he can resect the tumor without more chemo – meaning we’d get a surgery date, or if he wants her to continue with more courses of chemo, or if he thinks she will need a liver transplant after all. So, while I’m looking forward to that day, my brain just isn’t going to go there that often. It doesn’t want to. It wants to look forward to the Sheep and Wool Festival tomorrow, and Halloween and taking Ana to the movies next week. Thank you, brain.
Ana’s very excited that she’ll be going to her school’s Halloween dance next Friday (and she doesn’t need to wear a mask as long as her counts remain good). She is going to be Katniss for Halloween so a mask would not be a welcome addition to her costume. Ironic, I know.