POSITIVE - HT
My extra three days in Turkey was great for several reasons and this is ONLY personal choice and truly not required. The second day my forehead was a bit swollen but for the most part the pain was under control. We ladies the struggles are real with our hair and styling after the procedure. Second day, I put a scarf over the back part of my hair and left the implanted area out….it worked!
While in Turkey I didn’t care too much about my Frankenstein look! Those folks just say in their mind/Turkish language “oh yea-another Hair Transplant patient” LOL …But for Atlanta Airport! No way Jose! I had to fab it up a little and create a disguised just in case I run into people I know!! (LOL) Therefore, I just pulled some of my natural area loosely over the donor area and sat a hat on the back of my head. (No where near the recipient area in order to not compromise it)
So as it relates to my Hair, the donor area still has a slight slight weird feelings-like it should! Considering some transitioned occurred J. you know what I mean?? LOL The front not so bad either, it just feels like headband is around my forehead. Now, due to unforeseen circumstances in Paris, I missed washing my hair the third day as per Dr. K instruction.
I just washed my recipient area for the first time (4th day). Now I will post the day of surgery pictures, second and third. Then moving forward, I will post 14 days, 30 days, 60 & 120 days ETC. How about that? I don’t really care to jinx anyone or myself. ---))))
I also want to share some non HT experience… I made a new friend (FEMALE) Turkish/Iranian and I just went on her vibes, pure honesty, organic connection and her rebellious side! She doesn’t live her life based on no culture! Her culture is in her HEART! So, on her day off we went to One of the major shopping districts in the city (Bagdat Street) this street is lined with several exclusive designer stores including Louis Vuitton and Escada. (high fashion district with very upscale restaurants). Location reminded me some of south beach in Florida or Buckhead in Atlanta. Several British/US stores stores like Mark & Spencer, Apple, Burberry, Starbucks, Godiva, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Clinique, combined with their own Turkish High end designer stores and Turkish Restaurants.
I was tired of hotel food and wanted some REAL authentic Turkish dish, which was really good. I paid for both of us meal and two cokes and it was about $12 US…reflected $12 on my card (inexpensive). Well, it didn’t matter! That’s the lease I could do to say thank you for taking the time. FYI-this wasn’t just a random person I never at any point felt uncomfortable or not safe. Parking was horrible, so we had to park by the beach area and walked a few blocked. Which was fine by me…
My new female buddy is tatty up/piercing/smokes/tank top so she didn’t quiet fit in either!! She made it clear that she is not trying to fit in either!! Just want to live life without constraints…providing she is not hurting anyone. I say AMEN MY sister in nature :0)
I went shopping and bought a few Turkish snacks for my son. I’m not a soda drinker but periodically have a taste for a coke. The hotel was selling then for 12Liri!!! The mall has cans for 4Liri and the other side of town had them for 1.25 LIRI in grocery store! This is just like any other places visited…prices are higher in selective district.
I welcome any questions openly on the forum or privately via message. As we speak…if I had to do this over again-would I? YES- based on my experience with Dr. K, his staff and the country. I would just tell Dr. K, that he may be brilliant due to surgeon mind that God blessed him with, but his mathematical skills is terrible! LOL
NOW, it is just a wait and see situation for the hair growth. This is just a process like it would have been with any surgeon regardless of the location or country. (I’M HOPEFUL ABOUT THE OUTCOME DOWN THE ROAD). Personally, I will be happy when my edges grow bountifully, but will be grateful for anything more then what I had.
I would like to add, taking electronic devices like (IPAD, LAPTOP and Phone) is a great thing! Download WhatsApp and encourage love ones to down load WhatsApp. If you don’t want to incur any charges, turn off roam and DATA if and when you have access to Wi-Fi and use WhatsApp. Also, my cell phone started to act up badly and wouldn’t give me access!!! So, I was able to access Apple via chat and it took them over an hour to resolve the problem. Now, if I didn’t have LAP TOP and needed to use hotel phone or computers, I’m afraid over an hour of usage would have been costly. So, this is just a suggestion!
Also, some of you may or may not know this…notify your debit/credit card holder of your travels/dates. You don’t want to be stuck with not having access to cash or using card. This will give heads up to the bank that there is no fraudulent activity going on….so that they don’t declined card.
THEN HERE COMES THE NOT SO GOOD…. Please keep in mind that I’m a social worker and work with some of the most severe cases of chronic cases/adults with psychiatrics challenges. Therefore, I’m assertive, proactive, understanding and non-complainer. I try to live life in the moment….
HOWEVER, THIS IS WHEN IT DON’T APPLY!!!! LOL ~~
I was stuck in Paris after Delta/Air France made a mess with (Emergency Exit lighting problem, half the plane reseated due to exit problem, wet tarmac, which now added up to incorrect weight-darn plane was out of whack!!!) The French aviation wasn’t having any part of those things and we sat on the Tarmac for more then 4 hours!!!!! Then given the option to wait it out or get off…once you off...you off! I later learned that the remainder of passenger sat on tarmac almost 7 HOURS! The flight was scheduled to take off at 4:15 and later learned that it took off at 10:23PM. The crew was an amazing, but NO NO…that’s a bit much for me, hungry, with a swollen face and supper stuffy plane. There is just so much peanuts and pretzel I can eat.
So, Delta housed the 46 passengers (including myself) in this little dirty run down hotel (IBIS) and I had no basic necessities. I was forced to check on my carry on luggage due to security reasons…But if I didn’t know how to live like a cave woman, I did learn in Paris of all PLACE.
Now it gets worst!! Third day to moisturize and shampoo my recipient area. Well, those crazy folks had me check on my carry on luggage!!! I honestly wanted to cry…BUT I didn’t. I will deal with Delta/Air France later. So, I improvised and just gently poured warm water over my recipient area a few times. Not much I can do!!
I tried so hard to keep my ZEN moment going, but I just couldn’t…. Initially, I thought it was just so great about the security protocol. I was bonjouring and merci’ all the way through-until today. I tried to maintain my manners-that’s who I am by nature…But I sure as heck was just over all these extensive and excessive DARN checks! At one point I felt so annoyed that I wanted to ask each and everyone of one that passport check people “You think I really changed that many darn time since entering the airport? I know I’m a bit swollen in the face but it’s still me….
You think based on how people painted TURKEY, my issues and challenges would have been there…. Well, HELLO NO!!!. All my darn issues were in Paris-not with Parisian. They are nice people and I was there in 2009 and had a great time. While, I do understand when traveling things do happen. What was disturbing being how the French/ Air France/Delta contract workers treated us during the process. I will just leave that right there…. DELTA here I come with my formal complaints and list of rude contract workers and descriptions of what transpired to give facts and visualization of my experience.