I just had an assignment due at midnight and am now officially done with (one of) my summer school courses. I am so happy because this means I have a whole 3 days (which will fly by) until my next intensive course starts!
Anyway, yesterday I had an appointment with my dermatologist to assess how my body is coping with Accutane after the first month. My blood test results came back normal. Then he asks me a question (just like last time) regarding my lifestyle. I don't know if he thinks asking me questions will make him feel like a fortune teller if he's right, but he simply asked me if I exercised the day before my urine test. I told him I was avoiding exercise all month like the booklet said to. Then he casually says there was some protein found in my urine.
At first I froze. I didn't know whether his silence had something to do with revealing I'm pregnant or something crazy, but I needed to know what the hell that meant! I asked him and he said it usually comes up in urine after exercising a lot. Then he added that strange things in general show up when urine tests are taken during a girl's period. Well I'm glad it's not pregnancy, I would have felt like the biggest jackass ever!
Anyway so tonight it came across my mind again and I googled what this could possibly mean. I kind of regret doing that because I learned protein in urine can be an onset sign of kidney failure or diabetes. OMG! So now of course I'm worried that my kidneys might fail or that maybe I've been eating too much sugar lately or something. I don't know what to make of all this, so I'm just gonna continue with my life, take another urine test, and look forward to next month's update.
Also, my derm asked me if I want to be switched from 40mg/day to 20mg/day. I gave him a weird look, why would I lower my dosage? He said that usually people now take a lower dosage but are on it for longer. Screw that! I'll take the higher dosage and be done sooner!
I asked my derm about the whole initial breakout process. He said that it doesn't have to happen in order for Accutane to work. He said there are stronger differences in the second or third month for a lot of people, so it's nice to know that I'm halfway there! It's also reassuring that I don't have to overanalyze any new pseudo-breakout that I get. Like right now I have the tiniest little red whitehead bump (I really don't know what it is) on my forehead, but just like any other breakouts I get while on Accutane, they literally are gone the next day.
My derm also gave me a sample of Neutrogena sunscreen SPF 70. He seemed to be a little annoyed when I asked him if it was necessary, as I heard elsewhere that this whole crazy high SPF thing is just a marketing gimmick by skin care companies to scare you into thinking you need more products with more SPF. I didn't mention the part that I read all of this off a poster in a tanning salon once LOL. Well, apparently the higher the SPF, the more UV types it protects you from. Whatever, I have a free sample, I'll use it.
I am dry and I am LOVING it! I love the fact that I don't have to wash my hair every other day. When it gets hot during the summer like it has been recently, there's no question that washing my hair becomes a daily chore. So now, I think the longest I went without washing my hair was 5 days, and it was still very nice and dry. Also what I love is that my hair feels thicker.
The skin on my face is a little annoying. When I put moisturizer on it the flakes on my skin turn into balls of white because they mix with the cream. I don't know what do about this, it's kind of annoying.
I went out for dinner for my boyfriend's birthday last weekend and wore powder foundation for the first time while on Accutane. I have to say it went on very well, but I'm not so sure about evenness (but good thing it wasn't an issue, the lighting was dimmed at the restuarant lol).
That's it for me, I get to sleep in with absolutely nothing to do tomorrow! =D