Over the course of Kirsten’s hospital stay she developed a single, large dreadlock right in the back of her hair. People poured baby oil on it and tried to work it in. They picked at it. She sprayed it with detangling solution. Nothing worked, and it was giving her shoulder, neck, and headaches as she slept on it and as it pressed against her neck collar. So, she asked me to bring in some barber scissors and cut it off.
I tried to stab the pointy scissors into the dense clump of hair, but even that was difficult. I tried to cut the whole thing all at once, but that was an utterly futile exercise. Through sheer persistence and determination, I was finally able to cut it off. It looked like a little mouse when I got it off. Then I cut the long, scraggily, thin sections of hair that remained so it all looked somewhat even. She’ll have to have it cleaned up by a professional when she is able. For now, it looks cute and she says it feels much better.
So, if this web development thing doesn’t work out…
After her haircut I climbed into bed and sat beside her as we held hands and talked. It was very nice to feel her next to me and consider better days ahead.
About a month ago my dear friend Adam Burk recognized that our family would likely have significant needs, and knew I probably wouldn’t ask and didn’t have the time to think about them, anyways. So he asked me if it would be alright if he set up a campaign to solicit contributions from friends and family. It was humbling and deeply moving when I witnessed the contributions pour in. In the first day of the campaign, more than $1,000 was raised. Thank you all so much. I love you dearly. That money will go to offset the loss of income from Kirsten not being able to work, as well as the mounting medical bills. I cannot thank you enough, but please understand that my heart is full, and your kindness and generosity are very much appreciated.