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Week 31 Update

My son is on the last month of Acutane and then he has to take 3 months off before he can start a second round. Still getting better...slowly. What is wrong with this site? I haven't been able to load normal pictures for months.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

09/30/14

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10/10/14

 

Week 29 Update

I got tired of doing this every week with no change. Finally, I think we have some change. He started high school last week and I had hoped this would be all gone by now, but we are at least on the right track! How come whenever I post pictures now they are sideways, squashed, or upside down? I can't figure it out.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

09/09/14

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09/30/14

 

Week 25 Update

Sorry we missed a few weeks. My son was away at camp. Here we are three weeks later. The face is sometimes better, sometimes not. His back is getting better, but the scarring is starting to show that it will be bad. His chest is a nightmare. He has an enormous cyst right in the center. He has now been on the Accutane since March although he has only been on 80mg for around 2 months. Will this ever end for him? I was really hoping he would be clear when he starts high school in September but tha

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

08/05/14

 

Week 25 Update

Sorry we missed a few weeks. My son was away at camp. Here we are three weeks later. The face is sometimes better, sometimes not. His back is getting better, but the scarring is starting to show that it will be bad. His chest is a nightmare. He has an enormous cyst right in the center. He has now been on the Accutane since March although he has only been on 80mg for around 2 months. Will this ever end for him? I was really hoping he would be clear when he starts high school in September but tha

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

08/05/14

 

Week 18 - Hooray

I do admit it's getting better, a little better all the time! I don't know what is going on with the pictures. They used to not be so big. I'm trying to put the photos in the gallery and link to them instead.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

07/08/14

 

Week 17 - Finally Some Results

I didn't bother posting last week because there just wasn't anything new to say. This week I can finally say that it is starting to look better. The doctor upped his dosage to 80mg, even though he initially said he wouldn't take him up that high. It was getting obvious that he really needed it. I will have his blood drawn this week to make sure everything is still okay. His skin is finally starting to clear up. It's still bad and his back is horrendous, but it is improving.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

07/01/14

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07/02/14

 

Week 15 - More Meds

Here are the week 15 pictures with no progress. Doctor is upping his dosage to 80 mg even though he originally told us he wouldn't have him go higher than 60. He also increased the strength of the tretinoin cream. Will this nightmare ever end? It just keeps getting worse.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

06/20/14

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06/23/14

 

Week 14

I think it's starting to get better, but it's hard to tell in the photos. He is usually better in the morning, but these pictures are always taken early evening.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

06/09/14

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06/10/14

 

Week 13 - Very, Very Dry

The doctor started him on Tretinoin cream along with salicylic acid. His skin is getting SO DRY!!! He is also now taking zinc and vitamin D3 supplements. His doctor said that my son's acne is amongst the worst he's ever treated. Poor kid. I do think his face is improving somewhat, but it's hard to tell with all the flakes. The doctor also said that even though we are on week 13, the first month he was only on 20mg, so we can't really even count it. He is not even half way through the treat

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

06/03/14

 

Week 12 - Really?

Nothing. This has been a rough week. Missed school on Thursday because he was in so much pain. He said his back felt like he was being sewn. Poor kid. He went to the dermatologist on Friday. He is now on isotretinoin cream, zinc, and D-3 in addition to the accutane and cephalexin. Oh yeah, and the probiotic. Turns out we've been taking the probiotic wrong. He was taking it at the same time he took the cephalexin in the evening. Doctor messaged me on Saturday asking him to come back Tuesd

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

05/27/14

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05/29/14

 

Week 11 - Will This Ever End?

I have been saying for days that his face is looking better, but when I took pictures tonight and compared it to the past few weeks it doesn't look better at all! I guess I'm too close to it. We do bloodwork on Wednesday and back to the dermatologist on Friday. For what it's worth, here are this week's pictures:

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

05/20/14

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05/22/14

 

Week 10 - Good/bad/good/bad

It's been pretty weird this week. He'll wake up and his face will look more clear, then in the afternoon it will look worse. Same thing on his back. How can that happen in the course of a day? I take my photos at night, so here you go...Week 10.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

05/12/14

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05/13/14

 

Week 9 - Finally, Some Improvement

Yes, it still looks pretty bad, but there is definite improvement from last week. I am very happy the tides appear to be turning. So this past week a kid at school got suspended for making fun of my son. He has been relentless about it and the guidance counselor and asst. principal got involved. Hopefully the example was set and my son won't be bullied anymore. Jackass. He actually told my son that he has Satan's c*m on his face! This coming from a 7th grader. Unreal. So the kid gets in sc

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

05/05/14

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05/06/14

 

Week 8 - The Fun Continues

Somehow my weeks have gotten all funky. Today is actually day 56. He just got back from the dermatologist and is going to start 60mg tonight. Because of his weight, he won't be able to increase the dosage, so this is it. He will be on 60 for the duration of his treatment. I don't have much to add to this week, just more of the same. What a bloody mess. Poor kid.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

04/28/14

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05/02/14

 

Week 7 - Another Week Down, No Better

It's hard being patient when your child is suffering. Actually, I think he's doing a remarkable job but it really is rough. He was off of school last week and I think we left the house twice and then only because we forced him. Around the cysts his skin looks good, but those cysts are huge. His back seems a bit better, but the scarring is severe. I do hope it simmers down and hopefully before summer. As you can see, his skin is really starting to dry out. I keep telling him that's a good

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

04/22/14

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04/27/14

 

Week 6 - It's Getting Rough

His skin is getting really bad. He says that his face is on fire and he can feel the cysts squishing around when he walks. He is having a lot of joint and muscle pain. I got him a get out of gym free card from his doctor for the rest of the school year. That will make him happy. We were out in the sun the other day working on a project for scouts. That was a bad idea. His face and arms started to burn quickly and we took him home. His doctor said to use Neutrogena SPF 50 for babies and a

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

04/14/14

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04/18/14

 

Week 5 - Aarrgghh

This has been a hell week. The cyst explosion, joint pain, teasing..it's been rough. Five weeks on Accutane and it's getting worse. Please tell me this is going to get better soon. It's an awful lot for a 13 year old to go through.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

04/08/14

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04/09/14

 

Ruptured Cyst

So the other day we had that one cyst that inflated and we had the cortisone shot the next day. The cyst went down, but it was still raised and angry. Today my son was reading in class and was leaning on his hand. The cyst ruptured and there was black blood all over the place. He said his entire hand was cupped holding all the blood so it wouldn't spill everywhere. It was scary and it hurt, but it actually looks better now. It is slightly discolored, sort of a greenish bruise color, but

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

04/03/14

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04/04/14

 

Pop It Or Leave It Alone?

This is so ouchie. This is on the very top of his shoulder. He is so good about leaving his acne alone. I don't know about this one though. It is really ripe.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

04/01/14

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04/02/14

 

Week 4 - It's Getting Ugly!

What a week from hell. Two days ago we upped the dosage from 20mg to 40mg. First I should start by saying that my son isn't feeling well. I had to pick him up early on Thursday and he stayed home on Friday. If you read the entry before this one, you know all about the flare up. Basically upon vomiting, one of the cysts on his face instantly filled with fluid and he wound up with a marble under his skin. It was quite scary. We saw the doctor this morning and he gave him some cortisone to set

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

04/01/14

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04/01/14

 

Horrible Flare Up

My son hasn't been feeling well the past few days. Yesterday we upped the Accutane to 40mg. Tonight after dinner he threw up. The pressure of vomiting caused one of his cysts to inflate! It was terrifying. He was in a lot of pain and very scared. I called his doctor and he said to use warm compresses and he will see him in the morning. He told us to keep him home from school tomorrow. He doesn't want him getting really sick.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

03/30/14

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03/31/14

 

Week Three - The Storm Before The Calm

When comparing his acne from day 1, his back is looking better. His face is looking different. Some of it is better, some worse so it's hard to tell. What I know for sure though is that he is getting teased in school and I'm very upset about that. Some kid came up to him today and said "What's on your face?" and proceeded to poke his cyst which as you know is quite painful. Jackass. My son should have told him it's highly contagious! We went this morning to have his blood drawn s

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

03/24/14

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03/24/14

 

Second Week

Not much change. His acne is a little worse, but you can only tell that by comparing to pictures from two weeks ago. He went to the dermatologist for another cortisone shot the other day. Those cysts are really bothering him. His skin is starting to get dry. He is using CereVe at night and in the morning. He is supposed to be using it all day, but I can't monitor what he does at school. Ah school. Some kids aren't very nice to him and make fun of his acne. He has good friends t

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

03/18/14

 

Headache

My son had to come home early from school today with a pounding headache. He's no stranger to headaches and suffered from migraines for a few years before we got those under control. It's been a long time since he has had one like this. Hopefully he won't be getting too many.

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

03/13/14

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03/13/14

 

First Week

My son has been on Accutane for a full week now. So far, no real difference in his acne. His back is a mess. Poor thing bled through his sweatshirt the other day. Luckily, he was home and not in school. The cyst on his face has shrunk quite a bit, but he had gotten that injected just before starting on the Accutane. No side effects. He hasn't started drying out yet. I'm trying to get him to use the moisturizer and lip balm several times a day, but it's hard getting a 13 year old boy t

ivyagogo

ivyagogo

03/11/14

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03/11/14

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