Note: The beginning of this is copied and pasted from all of my other COVID blogs (www.avoidgettingcovid.com, www.ifyougetcovid.com, www.forlonghaulers.com, & www.covidbrainfog.com), because it is simply too much for me to have to try to change simply for the sake of making each blog different; I’m not trying to impress people but help them, so I’m not worry about all of that. Accordingly, feel free to just skip past this part if you’ve already seen it before.
If you are seeing this in passing, please be sure to bookmark or copy and paste this link to a note on your phone: https://www.smitashares.com/covidhairloss/
Just like my other blogs, this, too, is purely anecdotal based on my own experience with COVID and that of others. Please consult with your physician before doing ANYTHING as it relates to any aspect of your health and especially your care as it relates to COVID. Also, as I did in my previous COVID-related blogs (& will be repeated in every blog as it relates to this topic), I am also going to ask in advance that – if you derive any benefit/value from this info – that you please consider making a donation (any amount helps) towards my fundraising efforts in this GoFundMe; it was no small thing to feel how I have been feeling and put all of this together (6 different blogs), and, more than anything else, I am sharing personal health information (& that, too, as a South Asian where the crux of our existence is “what will other people think”) that most would never share in a public manner for the benefit of others.
& I am sharing because – had my only communication been with the healthcare practitioner from the private testing center who called to inform me that I tested positive – the only information I would have received would have been, “take Tylenol for a fever” and nothing else (including no mention of the possible aftermath of COVID known as #longcovid or #longhaulers), and that experience was COMMON. I did a survey in one of the groups I am in and 80+% of people said they were not told to do one of the (or at least so I believe) most important things when diagnosed with COVID.
Thankfully, that was not my experience as it relates to #acuteCOVID, and I spoke to at least 6 different healthcare practitioners who all offered advice for our care (I gave COVID to my mom; full story in this #videoshare). However, I had NO IDEA that so many people experience an entire slew of long-term effects following their acute/active COVID experience until about 2 weeks after I thought I was done with COVID, the aftermath badness hit me like a freight train which resulted in me ending up on Le Google and, for the first time, even learning about “Long COVID/Long Haulers.”
On that note, let us dive right in!
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I will update this blog shortly (I needed to get the 3 other ones out), but I wanted to say this, COVID AGED ME. Visual proof below (the first 2 pictures are snapshots from live videos I did in August and November – in the same lighting albeit different times of the day- and both with no face/skin makeup as with the third), but my hair, skin, and nails all changed drastically.
Read the following for more info on why our hair gets impacted: Here & Here
My hair absolutely fell out, so I am offering 2 things that I know and have, since COVID, experienced a difference after using. However, I have not yet found the thing that helps with my hair TEXTURE; I feel like my 41-year-old hair went to 75-year-old hair (that is not to meant to be offensive, but our hair changes as we age); now, I did not have Bollywood actress hair to begin with but I am so disturbed by how much my hair texture and density have changed so please feel free to message me if you have any recommendations in that regard.
Disclaimer: Yes, I KNOW this is the smallest of all things when it comes to COVID, and, omigoodness, YES, I am so glad and grateful to be ALIVE; however, I am also HUMAN, and – whether right or wrong – my exterior dramatically changing for the negative (in my own perception – re: how I view myself – because I truly don’t care what anyone else thinks) has impacted me. & that may make me “basic” or “superficial” but I operate from the belief that, when we look and feel our best (again, to ourselves and by our own measures), we show up in this world with a different energy; in other words: “when you look good/feel good, you are able to high vibe to DO MORE GOOD.”
That being said, I’m going to quickly drop links to the 2 things and then update the post properly later:
Will share more later, but, for now, copying & pasting what I shared at the end of every COVID blog:
A REQUEST: If you have derived any benefit from the above, I am kindly asking you to please consider making a small donation to my fundraising efforts here (I am recovering financially from being a domestic violence survivor in a brief 3-month dating relationship in which I was held hostage and suffocated and then spent $60,000 in the legal battle and aftermath while also being laid off 5 times in 3 years). Again, as a “cosmic/energetic/spirtual/good karma” thank you for me taking the time/making the effort to do the #videoshare and all of these blogs which – while I am still recovering from COVID – took everything out of me to do. Any amount – no matter how small – helps and you can donate to the GoFundMe directly or, in order for me to avoid paying fees, via Paypal (pay as friend to paypal.me/smitamoon), Venmo (@SmitaC), Cash app ($smitamoon), or Facebook.
A few final things:
- If you are not the kind of person to doom scroll or obsess but want to see the experiences of those who are newly diagnosed or living through #longcovid/#longhaulers, then check out the following Facebook groups (sharing in order of my favorites): Coronavirus Experience and Recovery, Survivor Corps, Long Hauler Advocacy Project
- Other blogs I wrote: www.avoidgettingcovid.com, www.ifyougetcovid.com, www.forlonghaulers.com, www.covidbrainfog.com
- In addition to making a donation if you are able, please kindly consider sharing my #videoshare on Facebook or these blogs for the benefit of others. The more people we spare from getting COVID or suffering the worst should they get it/after getting it, the better it is for all of us, because – as I truly believe – “what happens to one of us happens to all of us.”
Thanks for taking the time to read and be and stay well,
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