Thursday, February 05, 2009

Some Semblance of Normal

I was determined not to miss my hair appointment today. But two weeks ago it looked doubtful that I would make it.

I had been in contact with my stylist Richard by e-mail and he had even agreed to come to my house if necessary to cut my hair, but no color.

However, when I got down to one crutch, I decided to try going into town for my scheduled appointment. Richard even agreed to come downstairs to the street level to work on hair.

I really had only one concern. What if I needed to go to the bathroom? I could probably have made it downstairs, but it would not be the raised seat that I must use. However, on Tuesday we went to Rodman’s and bought a 4” vinyl foam-filled toilet riser that fits easily into a small bag.

At 10 am today I showed up at Axis to be Richard’s first client. He stowed my coat, scarf, and toilet riser in the closet and then set to work on my pathetic hair. I turned down his offer of tea so as not to need to try out my new purchase.

I managed to move between styling and washing chairs with my crutch just fine, negotiating my way around other people in the busy salon.

Two hours later I emerged from Axis with a much younger looking head of hair. What a difference hair can make!

I felt almost normal as I walked down Connecticut Avenue and got into the car for the trip home. At least being chauffeured meant I didn’t have to call on my parking karma!


Blogger tut-tut said...

You seem able to anticipate any and all eventualities! Is that your actual hair? Looks lovely.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I feel like asking you to turn around!
Of course I color my hair, too, or I would be gray and don`t want to be. Yes, hair makes such a difference!

3:04 PM  
Blogger e said...

Your hair looks fab! Kudos to you for being able to go, too! Does your new purchase work? Can you e-mail more info? It might be good for me too!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Tut-tut -- Yes, that is my hair. It always looks great when someone else blows it dry!

Angela -- My face didn't look as young as my hair today, so all you get to see is hair!

E -- I didn't actually try my "high seat" yet. I'm going to try to go to choir rehearsal tonight, so there may be another opportunity. I'll let you know. I will send you info on make and model!

3:31 PM  
Blogger Avid Reader said...

Congrats on doing normal things, you seem to be moving right along! I'm very impressed.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Lemmonex said...

Isn't it amazing how a haircut can really change your perspective and put a hop in your step?

4:40 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Avid Reader -- Even doing normal things slowly feels better than not at all!

Lemmonex -- No hops in my steps just yet, but at least there are steps!

4:52 PM  
Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

it is amazing how having one's hair cut and attended to can improve one's perspective on life!

you go girl!! inch by's a cinch.....

5:01 PM  
Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

it is amazing how having one's hair cut and attended to can improve one's perspective on life!

you go girl!! inch by's a cinch.....

5:01 PM  
Blogger e said...


If you still want to play, your letter is V. Have fun!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I am following each "stride" you make and am impressed with your perseverance. Am not surprised but am thrilled for you as you head toward full recovery!

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your haircut looks marvelous! So great to know that bit by bit you're resuming your "normal," daily life. Hope you were able to make it to choir rehearsal!


9:24 PM  
Blogger red dirt mule said...

Isn't it amazing what a good haircut can do to boost one's mood? Okay, so it took me about 4 months to finally book mine ... but i felt the same as you when i walked out of the salon last week, without the physical crutch, but trust me - a portable pharmacy's worth of meds.

Your hair looks gorgeous - your physical progress AMAZING !!!! I haven't been by for a few days ... and I cannot believe your mobility!

congrats - and keep up the good walking ... sending an extra pair of good luck mule shoes your way.


9:40 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Thanks to you all for checking in and checking up on me. In addition to my outing this AM, I did manage to go to choir rehearsal tonight. They found me a higher chair with arms and excused me from standing up to sing. I love my choir. I'm planning to sing in a most exciting service on Saturday, where we read the Torah portion about crossing the Red Sea and sing a dozen different renditions of it. Life is feeling a little more comfortable.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Fire Byrd said...

As everyone else said your hair looks great... it's such a boost when it's done isn't it.
Enjoy your choir this weekend.
Spirits being raised all round by the sound of it.

3:15 AM  
Blogger karen said...

well done for the haircut,and the portable foamy thingie!! I'd say having a chauffeur is a definite bonus!! x

5:14 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

look at you, out and about already and looking good!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

You have great-looking hair.

10:49 AM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

I'm going bald.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

For anyone who cares -- I used the foamie thingie at my first outpatient PT appt today (one would think they would have raised toilets, but not so). It worked like a charm!

Thanks to everyone who loves my hair. Believe me, it will not look quite the same when I attack it with my 5-minute blow dry, but it's nice while it lasts. And the cut is great regardless of who is doing the drying!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

That's a 'step' in the right direction (see, I am trying to be clever and to the point). Getting back to normal after trama is so important and you seem to be doing so well. :) xoxo

Are you still going to do the reading at the shelter on March 12 or is that on hold?

10:31 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Gary -- Yes, I'm still scheduled to read on March 12. Are you coming down to visit? That would probably be hard for you since it is a school day.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I can't attend on March 12th but will send you an email about some books for the night theme. xoxo

2:23 PM  

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