July 21, 2006

Pull Free for now

It's been about 4-5 days since I pulled. Not sure what to make of this: I'm just trying not to analyze it very much right now.

I noticed in my comments section that someone asked how I come about a pull free day? Well, to be honest, sometimes they just happen. However, sometimes I also just "make up my mind to be pull free". Here are some things that help me:

1. I've noticed that if I don't pull in the morning, it's easier to not pull the rest of the day. If I resist those morning urges, it's much better.

2. I don't scratch my head itchies during the day. I know now that this is the trich trying to get my hands to my head: my scalp doesn't actually itch.

3. I keep my hands away from my head and hair and eyes as much as possible! No touching= no pulling. I need to avoid the things that lead UP to the pulling. Resisting these things are easier than resisting the urge to pull an actual hair that I've let myself select.

4. Keep my hair CLEAN. Dirty hair has a 'feel' to it that just calls to my fingers.

5. Keep my hair washed and styled everyday. When I feel good about how I look, I don't want to pull as much.

I hope this helps a little. Sometimes I can do ALL of these things during the day and I still end up pulling. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to this disorder some days.

Today my son's pediatrician commented on my weight loss. That made me feel very good. I still have a long way to go but I realized I've lost about 20 pounds since the last time we were saw her. That's not so bad in eight weeks.

I think that's all that happening here lately. My kids are great, we love summer, and I'm feeling a teensy bit better about myself. I take each day as it comes.

Until next time.

Posted by Cody on July 21, 2006 10:45 AM


Hey! I've had trich since the age of 13 (now 24). It is tough!!! I am glad there is more awareness now. I once went about 2 weeks without pulling, but I relapsed bad. I agree though, dirty hair just begs to be pulled. I like your blog, it is good to know others are struggling with the same thing. Good luck.

Those things sound like GREAT strategies. I'm glad you've figured those out. I bet they are really helping others. Go you !
Your sis

P.s. 20 pounds!! WOW!

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