Friday, June 6, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt --- Bad Hair




BAD HAIR

In the year 1967 I not only had a bad hair day, I had a bad hair four months or more. I was stricken with a relatively rare bacterial infection called Erysipelas, a Streptococcal infection, often infecting the face, which it did in my case, and characterized by very high fever. In fact I had a temperature of 104 degrees for over a week. One result of such a high fever is that it kills the hair follicles temporarily and consequently about 75% of my hair fell out in huge handfuls.

Three weeks later we left to spend the whole summer in Ottawa and there I was in a strange city looking for a wig to cover my baldness. The paucity of choice yielded the wig below which I wore for four months. If this is not bad hair I don't know what is. While it is real hair, not synthetic, it is a really, really ugly style, not even the same length on both sides.


It doesn't look quite so bad from the back.


Did I tell you that all the skin peeled off my face in addition to my hair woes?
Don't ask me why I still have this wig after more than 40 years.


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE



51 comments:

Carver said...

Gosh, that's terrible JMB. Sounds like an awful ordeal. The wig doesn't look bad to me but I'm not known for my good hair. Hope you have a happy weekend.

ellen b said...

Whoa JMB. I'm glad you lived through that well and you just have to look at that wig now. I was just diagnosed with Vitiligo and my face is losing it's pigment. We never know what might come our way but at the end of the day our outer man is not what's important it's what's on the inside. have a great weekend.

rlbates said...

Wow, JMB. Glad you don't need the wig any longer.

Napaboaniya said...

That sounds real horrible to have gone through that stage :(
The wig looks ok and not ugly or anything.

Barbara H. said...

Oh, my, that must have been a shock to the system! I am glad it grew back and you don't need the wig any longer.

Randi said...

The wig is OK but I am glad you don´t need it anylonger.
Happy Weekend!

julie said...

That must have been difficult but at least, you got through it all. The wig looks ok to me :)

Criz Lai said...

That really sounded bad JMB. I'm glad that you got over it.

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Sean said...

Wao... back to 1967... I am still not existing in this world... :P

Happy hunting~

eastcoastlife said...

I'm trying to imagine myself without my hair. I was asked to shave my hair to support a fund-raising campaign for Cancer patients. I chicken out.

While I have a choice to go bald, it is sad to see those who are sick lose theirs and might never grow back again.

You should donate that wig to someone who needs it. A wig costs quite a lot these days.

eastcoastlife said...

jmb, thanks for your concern for my son.

I don't see your hubby's photo in your posts.... don't know if hairy fathers produce hairy sons. My husband's not hairy. Did I bring the wrong baby back from the hospital? hahaha.....

mama meji said...

Yikes that's horrible. But glad you can do without a wig now.

Blur Mommy said...

Wow, what an ordeal you had! I'm glad that you don't need the wig anymore.

Huey said...

That's really terrible. I've always got phobia of loosing hair, and I can't imagine myself being in that situation. @.@

leslie said...

Oh gosh, poor you! I agree it's not a terribly great look, but maybe it was the style then???

Have a great weekend! :D

forgetfulone said...

Sounds like you had it rough! That's not such a bad style, though, considering the times.

Pato & Pearl said...

Oh dear...it must be a tough time having gone through that ordeal. I hope u don't have to wear that wig ever again.

Pearl - have a good weekend

mirage2g said...

The wig looks good, good thing you just only had to wear it for 4 months...

genny said...

Hehehh why it fail off just asking heee. Happy hunting!

marcia said...

hahahaha you really wigged out

Deana said...

Hehe @ Marcia's comment.

I'm happy you no longer have to wear that thing. The face drawing is pretty funny too.

Siani said...

Ooh no - I'm so glad you came through that horrid illness. It must have been tough. I've actually seen much worse wigs than that. Some I've seen are positively scary! Have a lovely weekend!

YTSL said...

JMB, glad you're over that episode! I contracted viral fever when I was sixteen and had a temperature of 104-105 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days. In hospital, they put ice packs on me, whereupon, my temperature went down... but when it hit 97 or so, they would take the ice packs off and my temperature would then shoot up again. It was a very weird few days. Remember my brain feeling so wired, as opposed to fried, that I couldn't sleep and so ended up devouring all these fat paperback novels that my mother brought for me...

Re bad hair: That wig's not too bad, I think. But, then, I didn't have to wear it for months... :S

WillThink4Wine said...

You probably kept it to remind yourself that you are a survivor. I agree with a previous commenter, you may want to donate it to a cancer center to remind another precious one that they can survive as well. Pass the torch of hope!

Hootin' Anni said...

But, you survived to tell us about it....that's what counts!!!!!



My 'bad hair' is of a TV star from decades ago...stop by, won't you?

[there is also a long meme I did for today, so if you wish to leave a comment for me, you will have to scroll down the blog entry to find the comment link!]

Happy Hunting!!

mistyeiz said...

wow, must have been quite a daunting experience for i cant quite imagine it myself but u survived it! :) thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Great choice for the theme! That is something to have lived through eh! I am a sentimentalist when it comes to odd items so I would have kept it too.

My Photo Hunt entry is here:

My Life In The Urban Zoo

Have a great weekend, and thanks so much for having stopped by :)

the teach said...

Oh dear, jmb, that illness sounds awful! But I must say the wig doesn't look that bad at all. It's a lovely color! Have a good weekend!

Karen said...

OMG, I'm so sorry to hear about your illness. I can't imagine what you must have been going through. Bad hair or not, I'm glad you had something to help you over that bad period.


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JC said...

Terrible ordeal... but I have seen worse wigs... and funnier wigs!

Sammawow said...

That wig is good for this week's theme. Glad you only had to wear it for 4 months but at the time it probably seemed like much longer!

Jasonblink said...

High body temperture really destroys the hair follicles...

2lives-Susan said...

What a horrible disease! I'm glad you came through it and have enjoyed so many more years of hairy health.

...I'm also impressed that not only is your 40 year old wig in such good shape still, but that you knew where it was!

Mar said...

I am glad you didn't have to wear that wig anymore. I would ask you why do you still have it but you tell us not to :)
Happy weekend!!

Dragonstar said...

That must have been horrible for you. That wig isn't wonderful, but I have seen worse - I actually had one once, I'm ashamed to admit! Those were the days.

jams o donnell said...

Good god jmb that's a dreadful condition. I'm glad you camr through it okay. It's amazing what we keep isn't it? Have a great weekend

Patricia said...

Bless your heart! What a horrible experience that must have been. The hair style must have been typical for the late 60's. Perfect photo for the theme, and glad that this experience is far behind you.

Liz said...

That must have been horrible for you. We have a lady in church having chemo and she has a wig that is really lovely!

Vic Grace said...

I have never hear of such a thing. So glad you recovered and don't need a wig anymore.

CherryPie said...

That sounds so awful, I have alopecia but it is only in patches which gets brought on by excessive stress. This is bad enough it must be awful to have to wear a wig and the skin peeling sounds even worse...

I am glad you fully recovered :-)

Kim said...

I love the photo that you picked for bad hair! Very intersting background to it too. Sory to hear that you went through all of that.

Mine's up...come on over!

Have a wonderful weekend.

archiearchive said...

Yikes - what a terrible thing to happen. I'm glad it was only temporary.

Biker Betty said...

Wow, that had to have been horrible. So glad you got over it. Wigs sure have come a long way.

Happy Saturday,
Biker Betty

Angela at mommy bytes said...

Wow, very interesting story. And I don't think the asymmetrical look is so bad, but the synthetic fibers must not have been too comfortable. Thanks for visiting.

mimi11460 said...

Sad i don't know how you lose your hair but the wig is not bad, good for you to have one at least somebody i know she is now 50 years old but don't have any wig at all...Please do visit my blog too ..Thank you.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Now JMB - we need to see you in the wig!

PowersTwinB said...

Oh sweetie...that was a horrible illness! I cant even imagine having to find a cover up! Ok, so it isnt the greatest, but at the time it worked! lol...I have been absent for a few eeks, still dealing with my baby brother slowly losing his battle with pancreatic cancer...I have a post for today, please come and visit

Colin Campbell said...

You wont catch we in a wig JMB. Only for playing.

Nunyaa said...

Must of been a dreadful time for you JMB. Happy you were able to get through it all. :-)

Satkuru said...

glad you needn't use the wig after that period. personally i too would have kept the wig for remembrance :P

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That must have been a very distressing time for you, jmb. Youv were meant to keep the wig for this blog post!