This past month, I haven’t really been feeling well, and I thought I’d treat myself to some extra help.
My husband found a listing for cleaning help that he thought, sounded reputable.
We tried them out for a day for $120.00. ($100 for the day and $20 tip),
I thought they seemed really nice, while my husband found them to be lacking of any great home cleaning skills.
The maids said that they could come back the next week for $500.00 to do a thorough cleaning; cleaning the chandeliers, doing the back boards, doing the kitchen. I asked if they could do the oven also.
Oh yeah they said ‘no problem’.
The time they came back for the thorough cleaning, they brought just a simple carrying thingie that holds your cleaning items.
One of the maids immediately said that she had to take care of something first. So, she was gone.
The other 2 spent the next 4 hours doing nothing. There was so much to be done and they just completely cleaned us out of really an assortment of goods.
There was no vacuuming,; the small chandeliers were not done
What they did do is steal from our home.
An antique picture frame of my mother – in – Law and even took the picture with them.
A serrated knife;
My favorite picture that was in the bathroom;
Every day, I found little things that they took that made no rhyme or reason.
I can not get over how they could do that when they got nothing but respect and care from us.
I went to the store the day before they came, so they could have enough tea or soft drinks for them to drink.
They were done in about 3 hours and it looked exactly them same as when they arrived here.
We paid the $500.00.
Well…lesson learned; however, at that time we really needed the help.
The next time I need household help, I will be all over them and watch them like a hawk.
I’m sorry that it came to this.
I feel really bad and I don’t know why. They just took things as they were going around with no thought as to what they were doing or not doing.
When we both worked in Chicago, we had the same cleaning woman for 15 years with no problem.
I have used it at least 2X a week from March 3, 2016 to the present time.
Here is the state of my hair at the beginning of this, about 4 months ago:
I finally went for a haircut last week just because there was so much length now and I thought it was putting too much pressure on my remaining hair.
You have to understand how difficult it is for someone with alopecia to go to a salon. It’s not easy.
Thus, I didn’t take any time into consideration, just called up a place close to my home and got in to see them that day. Actually within a 1/2 hour.
Usually, I ask for someone really experienced because my hair is VERY difficult to cut as you can imagine.
They told me that Gina would be cutting my hair. She was just so adorable with great hair, of course.
I walked in and began my litany of requirements because I know what works and what doesn’t work for me; Keep bangs long, hair must not have layers, don’t wash first (it doesn’t lay right then) my face is too fat for regular ‘bob’……and on and on and on.
She said “don’t worry, you’re going to look great”.
I just put it in her hands and we talked and she was just soooo sweet and when she was done, it was freaking fabulous!
Never had I had a haircut like that in my life.
Here is the latest pic of my hair coming back on top at the 4 month mark”.
Here is my new haircut last week, July 21, 2016 by Gina:
It’s pretty amazing!
She did such a great job and put me at ease and all I can do is hope she’ll be here forever because I know that no one could ever cut my hair like this again.
I have tried to tell people on alopecia boards about what had worked for me and I really wasn’t met with any interest. I have nothing to gain by sharing what has worked for me, yet people seemed really skeptical.
What would I have to gain by writing what has worked for me? I’ve spent 1000’s of dollars on trying anything that would work only to find out that this $5.00 treatment a week brought my hair back.
Anyway, all my thanks to Gina, not just for the haircut, but for just being an absolute doll!
Donald Trump and Marla Maples were married from 1993-1999.
Their daughter is a young woman who, basically, for first time in her life, has had to give up her privacy and be commented on by just about anyone with a computer.
Tiffany Trump and her mom, Marla Maples, have spent the last 15 years or so on the West Coast after the divorce.
In spite of all of these nasty comments, Tiffany Trump, stands out as extremely poised and confident. She’s an ivy league graduate and has put out a pop song.
The inevitable comparison to Ivanka Trump is happening, no matter how unfair.
Unfair? Yes. Tiffany is only 22 years old and Ivanka is 35 years old.
The nasty commenters claim that Tiffany does not have the ‘class’ of an Ivanka Trump.
Again, she’s only 22 years old and you dress differently and act differently at her age than a woman in her 30’s. Ivanka was not the same person she was 15 years ago.
Also, there’s a different look to those growing up in LA and those in New York.
Anyway, Tiffany is a beauty: She has the most gorgeous hair, a great figure, big blue eyes and gorgeous lips. Perhaps its envy on the part of those people who hide behind their computers feeling the need to ‘degrade’ Tiffany.
The one thing that sticks out for me is that in so many pictures, Marla Maples is physically so close to her daughter. You can almost see Marla in all the pictures of the two of them where she looks like she’s so protective of her daughter and loves her so much, but knows that her daughter needs to be out on her own. For that, I’ve got to give it up to Marla. She seems like a wonderful mother. They both seem to adore each other.
I started this post before she gave her speech Tuesday on behalf of her father. She was wonderful!
Can you imagine a young woman, after being so maligned, getting up in front of millions and giving such a great speech?
That takes class.
So…I hope that Tiffany Trump can tune out the critics and live her life exactly as she has been. On her own terms.
If you haven’t heard of Singer/Songwriter Gitit Sh0val yet, prepare to fall in love.
The great thing about having my own blog is that I can go off of any tangent I like. Music is one of my great loves. I played passable piano and violin for about 10 years and began college as a music major; just long enough to realize that there were truly talented people and I wasn’t one of them. Gitit Shoval, however, is.
So…Gitit Shoval. I met her on Twitter and then listened to her on YouTube.
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About 6 months ago, I had to see a doctor on another skin condition and he didn’t check my chart and he prescribed a prescription containing propylene glycol. I have a severe allergy to it. ( I had found out that information when I saw an endocrinologist for my alopecia in Chicago several years ago). Propylene glycol is in more that you might think: certain medications, hair products, skin creams and much more.
So, moving on…. for 2 months I had unknowingly been putting propylene glycol on my skin 2X a day for 30 days and then 1X a day for the next month.
There was no improvement in my skin condition, in fact, the condition was getting much worse.
The doctor had given me 2 months worth of this ointment and as I was switching over to the next bottle, I saw that Propylene Glycol was one of the main ingredients.
By then, so much of my hair had come out that I knew that I was in trouble.
This was, by far, the worst my alopecia had gotten.
Once I stopped using the medicine with propylene glycol the hairloss stopped but the damage had been done.
However, here I was where I could literally count the hair on my head.
You can see that there wasn’t even enough hair that I could clip in extensions.
Luckily I still had the gorgeous wigs my sister had sent me.
I decided to go the scarf route because of how hot it is here in the Southwest.
My husband was so sweet ordering everything from the TV and Computer ads that promised to bring my (never great) hair back. Every day there was something new that he had ordered. How sweet is that?
I was just so angry that the doctor had not read my allergy list. I guess it is my duty to double check everything I put on my body from now on.
If I could just say that I did try now, and over the years, all the different things out there for hairloss: Viviscal, Rogaine, Essential Oils….and many more. The only thing that worked was that I was losing more and more money.
So……. that brings me to March 3, 2016.
I actually decided I would try a natural approach as I’d heard so much about coconut oil and its great effects on hair.
I went on YouTube and found this YouTube of a woman with the most gorgeous hair and she had a recipe (a hair masque) that she said gave her this unbelievable hair. No, I did not expect to look like her. I just wanted some stinking formula to bring back a little bit of hair.
I had nothing to lose at this point.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a physician, dietician or anyone that is in the medical field. Be sure to check with your doctor before using any of these things on your hair.
I mixed everything up in a measuring cup and from there, poured it into a spray bottle. I then plastered my head with this concoction.
If I could just add, I have nothing to gain or lose giving this information out. I am not in any hair business nor am I affiliated in any way with the woman or her recipe. I just got very lucky.
These 3 months have been outstanding.
The length has really grown and, more importantly, my hair has been filling in like crazy.
The top is doing much better than the sides, which are still very sparse.
I do the masque 2-3 times a week.
The woman, Muni Sanchez, says to leave it in for 4 hours, however, I’ve been leaving it on all night and shampooing it out in the morning. My hair smelled like a salad.
Maybe my hair would have come back on its own, however, I tend to believe it wouldn’t.
I felt that it was best for me to go blonde during this time so that the scalp wouldn’t show as much.
Here are some pictures of my hair during the last three months:
I gave up using the safeway plastic bag over my head all night (probably not too safe) and went to Sally’s Beauty and bought those plastic shower caps that are like 6 for a couple of bucks and that long string of cotton that I put around my head to keep the masque from falling onto me or my pillow. They work wonderfully.