- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
Forgive me if this becomes whiny.
At 15 I started to take care of my skin, with making sure it was creamed and cleansed and pretty much protected after watching my father’s side of the family have struggles with skin cancer and skin sagging/discoloration before their age.
I was constantly told by doctors and other medical professionals, I was one of the most healthy individuals they had seen. I had never broken a bone, my healing was extremely quick for a regular body and hair and teeth and skin was flawless.
Flash forward to 2007 when I started to manage my weight by doctor visits, medical diets and a mess of tests to drop #45 on the diet and then be diagnosed with PCOS.
Here is where they whining will come in…
My skin is shot! I mean red, splotchy, ugly pock marks on my face from infected nodular acne (a symptom from PCOS, thank you for that) and to put it blunt I feel fat b/c PCOS keeps fat on you but will reduce the symptoms to lose weight but makes it extremely difficult to lose weight… see the double edge sword?
I became severely depressed, lost my self confidence in my body, in myself. To the point that my fiancé and mother went with me to my last doctor visit and there my doctor recommended Accutane for my skin, as every other medication is so NOT working, the expensive medical creams and medical facials…doing nothing and I just wanted one thing to work on my body, either my skin or my weight.
She recommended accuatane and believe me when I say this stuff is really scary. It’s federally mandated and you must have doctor visits for 6 months (every 30 days) during this time. Yes it’s a 5 month long treatment of acne medicine. You have to fill out this 70 page booklet about how to prevent pregancy and how you are using two methods of birth control. You also have to take pregnancy tests every 30 days and can’t do any vitamins, nothing your doctor doesn’t know about, the only vitamin you can take is Vitamin D
IF you are not allergic to this medicine, then the fun begins!
No blood donating for 6 to 7 months (1 month before you start it and 1 – 2 months after you finish it) for the reason, this blood is given to a pregnant woman it would be DEVASTATING for the fetus, we are talking abnormalities, miscarriages, all sorts of nasty stuff.
I was all fine and dandy with that. I can handle all of those but then they talk about the side effects.
*severe stomach pains
*vision impaired (DO not go driving at night till you know how this medicine will react in you)
*Decreased red/white blood cells
*hearing or seeing things that are not there or do not exist (seriously?)
Oh and the most common your skin will be so fragile you shouldn’t do any manis/pedis, waxing or poking at it in case it either tears off or gets severely infected.
The upside to this very scary medicine?
Apparently you will not have acne again… it permanently changes the chemistry in your body’s bacteria and something like 80% of people will not have to take this medicine again.
Would you try this if you knew there was no other alternative? I would be done by March and my wedding is in May so that would give me enough time.
I’m just majorly freaking out about this and not sure what to do…