Friday, May 09, 2008

A New Look

I am feeling so much better today. The crushing toothache of yesterday is a dull ache today, and tolerable without pain medication. We were high maintenance girls this week. I can't remember the sequence of events but somewhere during this week the time had come to pamper Kathryn. She is so delightful and honest. She has given her blessing to post the truth and while some may be shocked by this honesty, others will be blessed.

For the past several months Kathryn has been steadily losing her hair. The high-powered drugs she is taking are a contributing factor and we have yet to find out from the endocrinologist if her thyroid is functioning properly. Improper thyroid function can also be a factor in hair loss. We decided it was time to look for a wig.

We went to the store and while Kathryn sat in front of a three-way mirror, the saleswoman worked on finding a style and length that Kathryn liked. After turning down several styles the saleswoman tried one more and I could see Kathryn perk up, shake her head a few times, take a closer look at the mirror and give me a huge smile. "I feel so pretty, Mom," she said. The saleslady saw us both get teary-eyed and asked if everything was all right. Kathryn answered, "It's just that for almost two years I've been so sick...." and at that point the saleswoman reached down and held her for a long time. She told us that she had been through some health challenges herself and was in a coma for two months. "Everyone thought I would not pull through," she said. We were so moved by her response and compassion. In our brief conversation we all agreed that those trials have made us appreciate the simple pleasures in life. Kathryn has faced each challenge with grace, and we are delighted for her that we live in a time when fancy hair can be purchased.

As we were about to pay for Kathryn's purchase, Qavah looked up and pointed to a wig exclaiming, "Look Mommy there is one for me!" The sales lady took it off the shelf and put it on her head. As she looked at herself in a nearby mirror, she laughed and jumped to make her curls bounce. Other sales people and customers came to see what all the fuss was about. Their faces broke into big grins. So here is the result of a shopping trip that is sure to make you smile. God bless you and have a wonderful weekend.