Tuesday, March 5, 2013


For the past year and a half we've been dealing with Trot having alopecia, which is a virus that attacks the hair follicles. Yeah, I'd never heard of it either until he woke up one morning and looked like he had gotten the mange virtually overnight.

If you ever want to feel fear all the way down to your core? Have a 5 year old child have all his hair fall out, seemingly at once. We took him to his pediatrician, who referred us to a skin specialist where we spent the better part of a year going twice a month and nothing working.

Finally we got him in with a specialist at Duke University in October. I'll let the pictures tell the story.

These were taken at Duke on our first visit. He looked like Uncle Fester, only a lot smaller.

This was taken a few weeks later at a Fall Festival in our town. You can see some hair coming in.

This was taken around the middle of November. Still seeing a little come in.

This was taken in January at Duke. 3 months after our first visit.

And this was taken 2 days ago while they got ready for church. Or took 3 years off my life, whichever you prefer.

It's been a LONG 1 1/2 years, but at our last visit at Duke we made an appointment to come back in May and if all is well? She's cutting us loose. To say I'm thankful for all this is an understatement and the look on his face when people come up to him and say how great his hair looks instead of "What happened to your hair?"



Stacy said...

I'm so thankful, too. I just have to kiss his sweet head every chance I get at school. :)

Tree Newt said...

That's so awesome bro! Great post! Trot is tha man!

gojohn said...

Great to see that he's doing well!!