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Old 08-08-2012, 09:01 AM
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So I am pretty much assuming this is common, so I though it was worth taking about.

I have been paranoid post ht. For instance, touching the recipient stubble a few days out and feeling a little pain, then my thoughts are, "Dang, since I felt pain I probably disrupted tiny capillaries forming and compromised my blood flow to my developing follicle." (I actually think in a more R-rated version, but you get what I am saying).

Then in the last 2 days I probably had about 20 hairs come out while basically brushing the dandruff out with a flat hand (micro scabs, they really look like grains of sand).

You get busy at work, don't bay attention and reach up and just scratch your head. (I need mittens like they put on babies.) Causing more flaking.

I am basically going to assume that if there is no bleeding than I am fine, but I just hate the paranoia phase. Yesterday was the first day I slept on my side some (Day 8) and I still had reservation.

I guess you can't be too careful, but I don't like stressing all of the time either.

O.K., rant over.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:43 AM
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You get busy at work, don't bay attention and reach up and just scratch your head.
(I need mittens like they put on babies.) Causing more flaking
Spanker....how bad is the itching? Is there anything to do about it? I asked my clinic about post-op itching during my recent pre-op instructions and they said they "don't want me to apply anything to the scalp except shampoo until the scabs are gone". How long does it usually take for scabs to be gone? Are scabs usually gone when sutures/staples are removed around the two week mark?

ps: thanks for sharing your post-op fears/anxieties.
I will be there soon and it will help me when I go through the same recovery process.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:04 AM
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Mine pretty much all came off yesterday. It took some light removal but like I said, it was more like dandruff. The itching is gone now as well, but I find myself always "feeling" the donor and the recipient.

I have not put anything on except rogaine starting yesterday (besides shampoo).
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:13 AM
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Hang in there Spanker - I had FUT performed by Doc Konior in Jan 2007 - just follow his post-op instructions to a tee and you will be fine!
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Yep, post transplant paranoia is the norm. Try to relax. You're going to be a happy and hairy man in no time.
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I was so anxious the first two weeks. It was the worst sleep of my life for two weeks. Dont wanna lay on the recipient area, don't wanna lay on the donor area, don't wanna wash to hard, dont wanna wash to easy!!!! You get the point...I would say yes, as long as there is no bleeding then you are fine. For me, at about three weeks I shed all my grafts and lots of native hair. I was way balder than I was going in. Now it has all come back plus!!!! Hang in there Spanker. You are an easy home run for someone like Dr Konior!!
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