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BEDS Day 13: Head Covering in Medical Settings

I have worn head scarves full-time for almost four years.  By now it feels as normal to me as putting on socks and underwear in the morning.  One question I get asked a lot is whether or not I wear my scarves for medical appointments and procedures.

The short answer is yes.  I always cover for routine appointments and dental exams.  I know I’m going to be lying down, I will put my hair in in a pony bun with a soft scrunchie and wear a pre-tied tichel so I can lie flat without killing my neck.  For diagnostic procedures and acute situations, I’ll wear a scarf if removal is not medically necessary.  When I had surgery a few years ago, I just wore the surgical cap as my covering.  I have never been asked to move it if it wasn’t medically necessary.  I think that’s probably at least in part because I’ve always lived in areas where head scarves (Jewish and Muslim) are a fairly common sight.

A related question I get asked is what kind of head covering I wear if I was giving birth.  I don’t have kids, but I have heard every answer in the book from women who do.  Some women like wearing their usual style of head covering, some opt for something comfier, and some don’t cover at all.

If you have any more questions feel free to leave a comment!  I’ll be back soon for day 14!

Introducing The Tichel Warmer!

Housekeeping note: I’m still working on figuring out how I want to blog about my knitting projects and how I want to organize those posts. I might make separate tabs for knitting posts at some point, but for now they’ll be in my regular blog.

If any of you readers wear tichels/religious head scarves, you can relate to the problem of trying to wear a winter hat over a scarf without having a Caps For Sale kind of situation on your hands. (Extremely Important Side Note: If you haven’t heard of the book Caps for Sale, you need to drop everything and read it Right Now because it’s only the best children’s book on the planet!)

The Tichel Warmer is the perfect solution to the hat condundrum because it can wrap around multiple scarves without messing them up. There are a lot of knitted winter headbands on the market, but they aren’t big enough to go over a scarf or two or three. So I designed a headband that does just that :).

This is the beige tichel warmer that I wear on days I am not covering with a beret.
This is the beige tichel warmer that I wear on days I am not covering with a beret.
The cream tichel warmer.  This is a much better solution than pulling a "Caps for Sale" and piling a hat on top of your scarf.  Just saying :p
The cream tichel warmer. This is a much better solution than pulling a “Caps for Sale” and piling a hat on top of your scarf. Just saying :p

To purchase tichel warmers in my Etsy shop, click here.  Stay tuned for more color choices!