The medicine is really “working”

I’ve been blessed with a terrific set of love handles. I’ve also been blessed with an even more terrific wife. Probably because one of those two things, I’ve never really cared much about how I look. Sure I have the constant fear that I have a bat in the cave, a nugget in the mine, or a booger in my nose for you less hip folks. But besides that, I’ve never given much thought to how my hair looks (when I had hair), that my clothes don’t match, or that (supposedly per my wife) my baggy MC Hammer pants are no longer in style. To twist a Yogi Berra quote, “hey hey Honey Boo Boo, let’s go steal some picnic baskets!” Wait…wrong twisted quote, “90% of the time I probably look like crud, but the other half of the time (in my own mind), I look GOOOOOOOD!” My point of all this is that I really don’t care how I look, but I am not a six year old girl.
Tomboy or not, nobody wants to involuntarily lose their hair. That’s where Delaney is at right now. She still has a ton of hair, but she is losing it… and quickly. Yesterday while I was giving her a bath, I had one of those sad cancer moments. The bathtub was full of her hair, which because it is kind of expected, isn’t the sad part. While bathing Delaney would grab a clump of hair and try to hide it under the water like she was ashamed of it or something. It broke my heart. As I discreetly tried to remove clumps of hair from the bathtub, Delaney said, “Daddy, you know how baseball is starting today? I can wear my new Rockies hat!” So we both wore our Rockies hat and were twins for the day.
As a reminder to the local folks, we are going with the ChildLife Specialist’s suggestion that this means “the medicine is working.” It isn’t a, “Yayyy, the medicine is working!” Rather if your child asks why she is losing her hair, it just means that the medicine is working. While I am doing my PSA, yes, she is sick. No, your child can’t catch it from her. I know all of you already know that, but I completely understand where kids could be worried about that.
On a more positive note, we are tentatively trying to get her back to school on April 15th. Even though it’s only a week away, she may or may not be heading back with hair. Bald or not, she can’t wait to see all of her friends again!

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5 thoughts on “The medicine is really “working”

  1. This broke my heart. Your sweet girl is beautiful no matter what!! Praying that she sees herself that way during this time. .

  2. I agree! Delaney is beautiful both inside and outside. I pray that she will feel loved, encouraged and beautiful today. 1 Samuel 16:7b ” The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

  3. Just found your blog tonight, and wanted to wish Delaney well — and hair or not, she’s an amazingly strong, beautiful girl!

  4. What a brave amazing little girl. Bless her heart!! We’ll be praying she has a terrific day at school.

  5. Awww Delaney. It sounds to me like this sweet child is trying to protect you rather than feel ashamed. Here’s to the strongest family ever. XOXOXOXO

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