Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Long Lashes

Henry has the longest, thickest eyelashes. At least, he did. They're falling out. It's slow, lash by lash, unlike his hair. They're over halfway gone now.

I suspect, since it took so long for them to fall out, that it will be a while till they're back in again.

I'll miss them.


rlbates said...

So sorry. What about his eyebrows?

Eric, AKA The Pragmatic Caregiver said...

Yuck. Been there.

So has mom.

Fortunately, mom has a sense of humor approximately as highly-developed as her mets.

Mom's second chemo treatment was scheduled for April 1. Her hair had well and thoroughly fallen out a few days before - brows, lashes, head. She also was in dire need of moisturizer, one of the essentials of life for a woman her age that isn't available in her town, so she decided to stop at the department store before the oncologist. (A woman has to have her priorities, you know).

So. Mom shows up at the cosmetics counter, staffed by one of *those sorts*. Mom calmly asks to speak with a manager. Besmocked woman asks if she can help. Mom proffers an empty tube of mascara and says, "LOOK AT WHAT THIS DID TO MY EYELASHES!"

Proving my mother is truly evil, she let the poor thing get good and upset for a solid three minutes before she said "April Fools".


ps - I've heard, anecdotally, that some people are using Lumigan, on a q-tip, applied to the lash area, to improve lash/brow regrowth after chemo.

ArkieRN said...

Yeah, it sucks when the lashes fall out. I never realized how important they are until things kept getting in my eyes on a daily basis.

Keep saline handy for eye rinses. Unfortunately, he'll need it.

Jen said...

They actually grow back faster than you'd imagine...I was surprised to see that my daughter's eyelashes actually came back quicker than my her hair. To me it was worse to see my daughter lose her eyelashes than her hair...she looked like a surprised rabbit for a few months, and they'd always looked so beautiful lying against her cheek when she was asleep. But they also grew back even thicker and longer, so there was an upside for her (in her opinion).

It's the little things that hurt so much- we're sending the best thoughts to your family.

Dr. Smak said...

His eyebrows are thinner, but they were always lighter in color so their loss is not as obvious.

Eric - remind me never to piss off you or your mother. That is completely hysterical. Those counter girls don't get paid enough to deal with that.

Here's to fast regrowning lashes!

SOCKS said...

So now we know where "ERIC" got his sense of humor.
The apple didn't fall far from that tree.

Eric, AKA The Pragmatic Caregiver said...

I'm sweet and cuddly. Really. Mom got her sense of humor from *me*. She was not even remotely amusing pre-cancer.

On a practical note, I had problems with my lids sticking together at night after lash loss - the answer was some opthalmic ointment before going to bed, on the lash beds, and then a warm washcloth in the morning, which seemed really stupid simple once I heard it, but I admittedly hadn't thought of it.