Hi Dr. Cole, hope all is well. It has been some time since I checked in with you, and I wanted to pass on some impressions of my progress.
The good news is that things continue to improve up there on the 'ol head. I just came from a professional conference, and I hadn't seen some of my colleagues for some years, and also met many new people. The new people I met didn't seem to notice anything about my head (the dreaded stare at one's pluggy scalp I was so accustomed to). That was a good experience.
More often than not, however, people commented on how "healthy" I looked, especially people who hadn't seen me for some time. They said that couldn't quite put their finger on it, but that I looked "younger" than they had seen me . . . I pointed out that I have more grey hair than I did years ago, so how could I look younger? This seemed to puzzle people, and many just said that they couldn't quite figure it out, just that I looked strong, good, and healthy. Not too bad, huh?
I presented an academic paper before 500 or so people one of my last days at the conference, and while this was something that I would have avoided like the plague for the past 7 or so years (as the plugs became more and more obvious), it was a breeze and I enjoyed it. One person asked if I had taken a public speaking course or something. Of course I didn't tell them that it was as simple as getting some of my confidence back after shattering it with my bad decision to go to Bosley inc. all those years ago. Thus, in a way, with the boost provided by removing the plugs, I am simply starting to remember "who I am", rather than continuing to allow myself to be the insecure person I had become, due to the bad HTs.
In reference to my noggin, things continue to improve. Growth in the linear scars continues, I can shave down to a number 4 now in back without much showing, and this is a major improvement. The front is also looking good, I can style it with much less evidence of bad HTs. There are about 5 or so plugs that are still visible, and two areas of the hairline that while not pluggy, are still a bit "patchy" (the very front, to the right) and the left temple. Under bright neon lights, I have seen a wandering eye or two as well. However, I know that for my type of repair, 7 months out is not the end of the story, and thus I continue to hope for additional improvement.
Again, thanks for the extra mile you worked on my head, it has really made a difference.