"YOUR HAIRBALLS!!" came his immediate response
all 3 kids unanimously and loudly echoed his request.
oh, really, the hair loss is that bad,eh?
yeah. it is.
it is true. i am a hairball machine.
i am routinely 'producing' 6-8 hairballs a day.
my hair is EVERYWHERE... but on my head.
(and i suppose, grossing out all of you now)
i have had problems with hair loss ever since getting sick. i can't remember why, but for some reason, i have always attributed my hair loss to my babesia infection. it has been a pain to deal with but i have never discussed it with DR H. considering the plethora of symptoms i experience, my hair loss has fallen to the bottom of the list of pertinent concerns. somehow when one is experiencing difficulty with seeing, breathing or mobility, the fear of going bald doesn't register as that overly crucial.
i've just learned to live with it and have dealt with it - by giving myself more and more bangs. and taking comfort in the knowledge that, according to past hairdressers, i have enough hair for 10 people. however, in the past 3 months, it has gotten significantly worse. handfuls of hair fall out everyday, all day long. my hair for 10 people has lived 9 lives and can be found in the form of hairballs that frolick across our floor like tumbleweeds blowing through the desert. i fear i may end up with one big fringe, if i cut any more bangs to hide my bald spots.
so yes. i put hairballs at the top of my list of things to discuss with DR H.
he did not attribute it to my babesia infection.
he actually said that he suspected that i am iodine deficient.
the simplest way to test for iodine deficiency is by swabbing iodine on a small area on the arm. remember good old fashioned iodine? that nasty smelling disinfectant that stains the skin orange? if the orange stain fades in under 8 hours, you are iodine deficient.
guess, i'm just a tad deficient.