Monday, January 21, 2008
The saddest thing....
Ok, so remember how I posted about how cute Marlee's strawberry blonde curls are? I said in that post that I wanted to document her hair for journal reasons, just in case those curls ever went away. Well, little did I know that they would LITERALLY go away. I'm so sad. Starting after Thanksgiving, we noticed Marlee had a lot of hair on her jammies when she would wake up in the morning. She's always sucked her thumb and twirled the back of her hair with her fingers. But after T-day, her hair would come out when she played with it. We've found chunks of hair about a 1/4 inch thick that she had pulled out during the night. We didn't worry too much at first, but it just kept coming out. She worked her way all around the back of her head and now the only thing that's left is the very top part of her hair. (The bottom pictures were taken a couple weeks ago, and even more is missing than what's shown). We took her to the doc about it and she didn't seem concerned at first. She said that she's heard of kids pulling their hair out before. But it's weird to her that it doesn't hurt Marlee when she yanks it out. Marlee was sitting on my lap a while back and I heard this fabric-ripping sound, she handed me this patch of hair and said "here"--it didn't even faze her, like it didn't hurt at all. So because it's not hurting her to pull it out, the doc thinks there might be some kind of nutrient problem, possibly with her liver producing the right protein digestion thingies. (Whatever the liver does with protein, I have not idea). She's going to have Marlee do some blood work to see what they can figure out. It just makes me so sad, all that pretty hair is gone. Plus it's so stressful thinking that something ELSE could be wrong with her, in addition to her heart defect. Poor little girl. She's the sweetest little thing. It makes me so sad to see her have so many illness problems. So that's what's going on with Marlee these days.