Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Alopecia, Telogen Effluvium.

Since Lucy had her operation last year she has had a lot of hair loss, alopecia, specifically Telogen Effluvium. This is where there is a widespread thinning of the hair all over the scalp, but not necessarily causing bald patches. I can be caused by lots of things but in Lucy's case it has probably been caused by the stress of her operation. It cannot be treated and will eventually stop.

When Lucy had the halo fitted before her operation I put all her hair up in a pony tail. This left her forehead free for the surgeon to screw in the halo at the front. The screws at the back were put through her hair. Then when she had her operation the ponytail was still there but her head was shaved at the back and on the right side. When we were finally able to release her ponytail most of her hair just fell away because it had been shaved from the root. She wasn't really left with much hair, but she still had her fringe and enough to tie up in a ponytail. With the halo on it didn't really matter.

It wasn't really until after the halo was removed that I noticed she was still losing hair. At first I just thought it was loose strands coming free from around the halo, but then I realised it was what was actually left of her hair that was falling out. Every day her clothes would be covered in hair, every morning her pillow covered in hair. I did worry if there would be anything left at all.

The shaved areas started to grow again, first the side which grew really quickly, then the back which has been slow but is growing steadily. Her original hair which wasn't shaved is still falling out, but the new hair is growing well. Maybe it will all even out in the end.

This weekend I was able to sweep all her hair into a ponytail, the freshly growing hair is finally long enough.  Her hair is not growing where she has scars but I'm hoping that eventually it will be thick enough for it to be unnoticeable.

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This photo is a weird angle but it is actually the top right hand side of her head where she had the bone graft taken, her ear is just below the bar on the right of the picture. It gives some idea of how high up she was shaved.




3 comments:

  1. It's funny how attached we are to our hair (if you'll excuse the pun!). I can't imagine using mine, it's a bit like a security blanket. So I can only start to imagine how difficult this is for her. Hopefully, in that magical child kind of way, she is less bothered by it than I guess you are? x

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    1. It really hasn't bothered her much at all Steph, so long as she's kept her pony tail she's been ok, there has been hardly any hair to tie up in the pony tail but it doesn't matter to her. I can't wait for it to grow back. xx

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