I got blood drawn yesterday. The phlebotomist was nearly incompetent. She jabbed with the butterfly needle right into my flesh and starts moving it around. Excruciating! She also suggested that I may be running low on blood. Ridiculous. I offered her my other arm and she still couldn't find a vein. Finally she poked around and pierced one and took my blood. The test is for my potassium levels to see if my dose of spironolactone can be increased. Fingers crossed! I really want to switch to a more hormonally based treatment because I take so much antibiotics to stay clear. I really need to try some other options. My skin is still clear though constantly red. I live with the red face as long as I have no acne. Anyways my regimen is still the same:
amoxicillin & cephalexin
topical clindamycin lotion
I got my test results: Component/ Standard Range/ Your Value
POTASSIUM/ 3.5 - 5.3 mmol/L /3.6
My dermatologist e-mailed me after I asked her to increase my dose. She agreed. She will send it directly to my pharmacy!! YEAH!!
It may be unclear from how I posted the results since the formatting was dropped when I cut and pasted it from my health insurance website account. But normal potassium level is between 3.5-5.3. My potassium level is 3.6, which is normal.
I am now on 50mg a day. I hope to get to 200mg a day. Fingers crossed!