When Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy was a kid, he always looked forward to the Sunday newspaper for two reasons. The first thing was the comic section in full color. The second thing was the group of puzzles on the last page of the comics section – my most favorite being “Find the Difference”.
In “Find the Difference”, we were presented with two images which looked identical, but within which were located six differences which needed to be found. Some of the differences were pretty obvious, such as a different letter on the front of a t-shirt. Other differences were much more subtle, such as a left ear being slightly smaller.
So today, I present my first puzzles here on Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy. Can you spot the difference, without reading the answer?
There you have it. I’m losing my hair. I knew this was a very real possibility, based on the medicines that I am currently taking…but knowing something might happen and actually having that something happen are two very different things.
During the past week I received a few comments here and there, such as “Your hair seems to be lighter” or “Are you losing hair?”. I didn’t really pay much attention and just brushed them off. But yesterday morning I went in for my monthly haircut, and the lady who has been cutting my hair for years was shocked with the sudden turnaround from a month ago.
At the moment, a quick glance at my head shows what seems to be a pretty full head of hair – but if you look a little more closely, you will notice that not only is my hair not as dark as it used to be, but that it has definitely thinned out quite a bit. I would currently put it at right around 20%. Noticeable, but not drastically so.
I started tugging on my hair as a test, and was surprised at how easily they came out. I don’t know how much further it will progress; only time will tell. I am going into my sixth month of taking 20mg of Arava on a daily basis.
On one hand I tell myself it’s no big deal. About once every year or two I shave my head completely, and keep it like that for a few months…so at least I’ve been bald before (and I actually like it…I love the feeling of the breeze passing over my scalp.) But in those cases going bald was done on my terms…this time around, I don’t seem to have much of a say in the matter.
As has been the case many times before, my mind has accepted something…but my emotions lag behind. This is where I am at the moment. When I look at the details, I am slightly shocked. When I look at the larger picture, I know everything is okay.
So, for the moment, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has lost one of his hairs. I’ll keep you all posted on my progress. Even if he loses some more, I think he’ll still look pretty darn good!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!