There are many possibilities for covering your head when hair is no longer an option. Yep, all my hair disappeared during the second cycle. Besides not being my favorite look, a bald head is cold and it’s winter in the Pacific Northwest. Not a good combination!
So here are some of my new looks thanks to the knitting skill of my neighbor, Hope, shopping with my sister in Old Town before she left, and a couple of caps that I found at the Victorian Belles Holiday Craft Sale.
In a previous post I mentioned my new cap that I now wear at night that fits nice and snug. During the day I can wear the matching cowling that Hope knitted to go with it that keeps my neck warm––sort of my around-the-house ensemble look.
In Florence, we can have terrific wind. I fear my wig blowing off––sort of every wig-wearer’s worst nightmare. On those days, I can wear this gray headband with its marvelous decoration that I found in a shop in Old Town and not worry.
I can also wear this felt hat with its flower pattern. It won’t blow off either because it fits quite snug. This is an absolute favorite. I plan to wear it when my hair comes back. Who knew, I’d find something for on my head at On Your Feet in Old Town!
When I went to my third session of chemo this past Wednesday, I wore this knitted cap that I got in a shop in Old Town. I just love it! I feel like I’m dressed as a 1920’s flapper, and it puts me in a good mood. I found that it also generates lots of comments and smiles from others.
I love my wig, but when I have to lean back against something, it’s not comfortable because it’s scratchy on my neck. That’s when a nice soft knitted cap works better. The only problem with the pink one is that it’s made of wool, which causes my forehead to itch. I solved that problem by wearing a snug-fitting stocking cap under it that is not made of wool.
I got that snug fitting cap at the Victorian Belles sale. It is my new favorite for wearing around the house and works well for wearing under more than one of my headgear.
I find that I have limited energy and need to rest from time to time. As I go through each chemo cycle my energy gets more and more limited for a two-week period before it starts coming back. During my rest breaks, I lie back in a recliner, which means leaning my head back, which means no wig. That’s when these soft knitted caps come in sooo handy.
At the Victorian Belles sale, I fell in love with a crocheted hat that I didn’t realize was too big until I got home.
Not to fear––my brown snug-fitted cap to the rescue once again. We had a few days where the temps were down and the wind was whipping around sucking the heat right out of the house. This hat felt mighty good both inside and out.
Since Christmas is fast approaching, I’ll include a couple of Christmas shots. I got my tree up the day after Thanksgiving. The only items I collect are Christmas ornaments—from 22 years of students, from trips I took during my 21 years traveling and doing stories for Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines, my trips to the U.K. and Europe, and from friends and family.
It took me all day to decorate it, but it’s something I look forward to all year and I’ll enjoy it every moment until New Year’s Day when I’ll take it down. . . . Notice Sir Groucho in his role as Christmas present. He loves to scratch his neck on the lower branches. I hope he confines himself to that and doesn’t discover what great toys all those ornaments could make.
I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!
Note: All headgear photos are thanks to my neighbor Hope who came over for a “photo shoot” yesterday.