I'm going to complain about dry lips. Yes, again. I don't think that people who have never taken accutane understand what is meant by "dry lips". You think you have an idea, but it doesn't even come close.
My lips are so dry that I can't eat a sandwich. That is to say that I can't open my mouth wide enough to bite a deli sandwich without being afraid of my lips splitting open. I am not exaggerating here. And today, while eating lunch with a friend, I noticed myself doing strange maneuvers with the fork to get my salad in my mouth so I wouldn't have to open very wide. I also have to cut my food into tiny pieces and eat it with a fork - yes, i ate pizza this way yesterday.
There is also the application of aquaphor to the corners of my mouth in between each bite, so they don't split open. Makes me look neurotic.
Have you guys seen the jackass movie? Okay, remember the part where they are giving each other papercuts in the most cringe-worthy places? One of them was the corners of his lips. That is what it feels like every time I open my mouth; I can feel them splitting so I do it as little as possible.
And yawning. Dear god, yawning is the worst kind of torture -- tired and not thinking, stumble out of bed in the morning, walk towards the shower, yaw-- oh no! realize in the middle of a yawn that its about to rip your face in half! Then you try to stop but realize its nearly impossible.
I can't wait to have my lips back. I can't walk, my eyes hurt, I have rashes all over the place, and I'm tired all the time, but the thing I miss most is lips. I always took them for granted, but not anymore -- after this is all over I will totally appreciate them.
Of course, having said all of this, I do realize the suffering I'm enduring now is preferable to the suffering I endured during the worst acne breakout of my life. I can't even look at those pictures because they make me want to cry. I hope to never go back there again.
I haven't counted out the days I have left, but I think I will be done by the end of January or beg of Feb, so about two months to go. I can do this.