Something really useful to do with my hair once it falls out in a few days: Hair and mushrooms create a recipe for cleaning up oily beaches. From the SF Chronicle.
A group of guerrilla volunteers is cleaning oil from San Francisco's beaches using an unorthodox, albeit totally organic, method: human hair and mushrooms.
Using mats made of hair, they are absorbing the droplets of oil that have washed ashore since a cargo ship rammed the base of a Bay Bridge tower last week, spilling 58,000 gallons of fuel.
Hair, which naturally absorbs oil from air and water, acts as a perfect sponge, said Lisa Gautier of San Francisco, who provided 1,000 hair mats. They are about the size of a doormat, tightly woven with dark hair, and feel somewhat like an S.O.S pad.
While the mats may not be the obvious choice among hazardous waste experts, they hit San Francisco's green chord: More than 700 volunteers have tried them in recent days. Organizers hope their success will inspire more ecological responses to toxic waste removal.
Gautier had 1,000 of them on hand because she runs a nonprofit, Matter of Trust, which matches donations from businesses with needy nonprofits. She collects human hair from Bay Area salons and sends it to Georgia to be woven into mats, which she then gives to the San Francisco Department of the Environment to absorb used motor oil.
Once the mats are soaked with black gunk, oyster mushrooms will take over, growing on the mats and absorbing the oil.
Now my brother and I were going to shave our heads on camera this weekend, to make a big splash about it. But I decided I need the rest more than I need to organize a video shoot. My hair is still on my head and I'm just waiting for the inevitable.
However don't be alarmed for me. One week after my first infusion (Avastin, Abraxane and some bone-strengthening drug whose name I've forgotten) I feel better than I did before chemo. Appetite is good, liver feels much better, some of my energy has returned. I'll get more infusion on Monday - it's weekly for three weeks, one week off, then another round, then a scan, then they decide if more is warranted. I feel like it's helping already, and my blood counts on Monday showed significant improvements in two crucial markers, a mere three days after infusion.