Have I mentioned that I’ve been renting my Cold Caps? The inventor and his company are based in England and rent out their products in the U.S. via a sole distributor in Michigan. I am charged monthly to the tune of £350.00 (roughly $537), and since that works out to around $18/day, I shipped the whole lot out first thing this morning.
Several people have been asking how much the whole hair-saving process has cost, so I might as well do some ex post facto accounting. Here goes.
Cooler ($50) + Thermometer ($41) + Ice Scoop ($9) + Moleskin ($25) + Ziploc Bags ($13) + Timer ($14) + Electric Blanket ($64) = $ 216
Cold Caps ($537) + Dry Ice ($67) = $604
$604 x 3 months = $1812
Total Materials/Equipment and Monthly Costs = $216 + $1812 = $2028
Of course, Earl would jump in here to point out this doesn’t take into account the cost of his time.
12 treatments x 8 hours = 96 hours x Earl’s hourly rate = $$$$$
Hmmm. I guess the Cold Caps are a little expensive. On the other hand, let’s consider the alternative — losing my hair.
I wouldn’t have to purchase any hats, because I’ve borrowed plenty of those from Hannah. I would, however, have to buy a wig. According to a couple of patients I was chatting with at my infusion clinic about the Cold Caps, a good quality human hair wig could actually cost as much as my materials, equipment, and monthly costs, i.e. around $2K.
On top of that, I would have to point out the immeasurable benefits I’ve received from keeping my hair:
- Never, ever thinking of myself as a cancer patient when peering in the mirror in the morning.
- Never, ever looking like a cancer patient to my impressionable children.
- Never, ever feeling like a cancer patient throughout the entire chemo phase. Honest.
- Running & biking at will without having to worry about whether a wig is falling off or getting sweaty.
- Swimming, period. I don’t think I would have gone swimming when bald. I would have felt far too self-conscious, because you can’t wear a wig in the pool, right?
- Staying warm night and day because my head is always covered.
- Not worrying about how long it will take to grow my hair back out because it’s still there!
Do these balance out Earl’s time cost? Yes! Because I’m worth it.
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