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Day 33: Dermatologist Appointment #2 (Oh, and yes, I’m still alive)

Hey everyone, sorry for dropping off the face of the earth.  I’ve been crazy busy preparing for school to start and for all my extracurriculars to start.  I’m going to take a set of pictures on Friday, and I’ll skip last week’s (there wasn’t that much of a change anyways).

So, today was my dermatologist appointment.  They said the blood tests were good, but my bilirubin levels were elevated.  That means that I could have Gilbert’s Syndrome, which, if you’ve been following my blog, my dad has.  It’s completely benign, and it can be hereditary.  So, the doctor thinks it’s probably just that, but she wants me to call my primary care physician to make sure.  She said that I’m responding very well to the medication, and she wants to increase my dosage.  I guess that the higher the dosage taken, the more lasting the clear skin will be.  So, since I’ve only been having minor dryness and pain and all that stuff, I said sure, why not.  I’m on 60 mg now, taken in 3 20mg capsules.  I went to CVS to fill the prescription, and somehow it’s going to take an hour to collect three boxes, go on iPledge, and put the three boxes in a bag.  I’m going to go back later on tonight as I’ll be in the area anyway.  But, I’m happy that the dermatologist thinks my skin is doing well, and I’m glad I’m reacting well to Accutane!  (By the way, they scheduled the appointment correctly this time, so I have the next appointment 30 days after this one!)

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Week 4 Roundup

Well, it’s been almost a full month on Accutane.  This week really showed some improvement, I think.  My face seems to feel nicer, it’s not as rough and it’s not as inflamed.  I have a few new breakouts, but it’s lessening, I think.  I’ve noticed that I can see my freckles now, I don’t know if that’s because of my increased sensitivity to light, or because they were hidden (can they be hidden?).  Who knows.  If this is month 1 with the initial breakout, I can’t wait for the following months where I’ll only see improvement.

Day 27: Uh-Oh

So, as the first month winds down, I’m realizing an issue: I don’t have enough Accutane to last me until my next dermatologist appointment.  I will be off of the medication for two days before the appointment.  I don’t think it’s a big deal, but it’s kind of annoying to have to stop in the middle of my journey (okay, the first 1/5, but who’s counting) and wait to start up again.  I’ll make sure they schedule me in for exactly a month away this time, I don’t want to be without my medication, I want to get this done as quickly as possible ;).  Blood test tomorrow morning, then dermatologist appointment Tuesday.  Fun stuff.

Day 24: The Nosebleed

I knew I would get my first nosebleed eventually.  I was sitting at my computer, and I went to sneeze.  Then I looked at my hand and saw blood.  Fantastic.  It wasn’t a terrible nosebleed, just a little annoying.  I don’t get nosebleeds normally, so I’m guessing it’s due to the dryness caused by Accutane.  But, it’s okay, dryness, nosebleeds, back pain, and chapped lips are to be expected.  I’m just nervous for the winter, that’s going to be a hassle because it’s so dry in New England in the winter.  We’ll see, though.  I’ll just take it one day at a time.

Week 4 Already!?

Well, it’s the beginning of week 4 today.  I think there is some improvement in the quality of my skin based on the pictures.  As for side effects, I have lots of back pain and shoulder pain and that stuff (probably from cross country) and my lips are chapped beyond belief (probably also because of cross country, and the fact that I can’t find Carmex lip balm anywhere, so I’m using this Blistex complete moisture stuff).  But overall, it’s doable, although I think I must have an abnormally high tolerance for pain.  So without further ado, here are the pictures from the end of week 3/beginning of week 4: (As always, click any of the small pictures for a larger version)

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Day 20/Day 21: Water Country and Cross Country

This has been an interesting couple of days.  Yesterday, I went to Water Country, a waterpark in Portsmouth, NH.  It was really fun, and I used lots of sunblock and didn’t really get burned. Except for my neck. Oh. My. God. My neck hurts SO MUCH.  I did apply lots of sunblock there, but evidently not enough.

Today (Day 21) was the first day of Cross Country practice.  My joints feel fine, for now.  We’ll see how tomorrow goes.  The only thing that hurt more than usual was my back.  I’m finding lately that I have worse back pain, not from running necessarily, but from work and from walking and all that other stuff.

We’ll see tomorrow how my back and my knees and my ankles and all that fun stuff feels.  Stay tuned! (Oh and tomorrow’s picture day so watch out for that!)

Day 19: Finally a Change

It’s day 19, and I’m starting to notice some improvement.  I think this may be the light at the end of the initial breakout tunnel!  I think my skin is starting to clear up somewhat.  I’ve also noticed that I’m handling the side effects better, my face doesn’t hurt as much, and although my lips are still dry, there’s no peeling or anything.  The only side effect that has become more prevalent is my back pain.  But, I’ve been working more often, so that could be adding to the problem.  But, I think things may be falling into place (finally).  We’ll see how the rest of this week plays out, I can’t wait to compare the before pictures to this week’s!  Stay tuned for that!


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