I’ve been a very bad blogger while I was away and the week since I’ve been back. Things have just been sooooo hectic, in a good way
So while I work on the Cape Town and wedding post I thought I would update you on the skin issue.
Dosage: 30mg per day
Skin issues: The cyst that was opened and drained took about a week to calm down (I totally forgot to take any photos, sorry), it was, and still is, a little red and tender but unless you look closely you cant really tell. I think Im going to have a small scar where the dermo made the hole but Im fine with that. The main issues I have at the moment are that the sides of my nose are still reddish but there have been no new cysts.
Side effects: My lips are extremely dry and chapped and I am trying many different balms to keep them moisturised. My skin in general is dry but not as bad as I expected.
Improvement: No new cysts since being on the 10 day course of antibiotics and having the last cyst drained.
So after my post 2 days ago about stopping the Roaccutane and going back onto my antibiotics, things have changed a little.
I called my dermo’s office this morning and after a bit of a chase around they told me that I could come see her this evening. I fetched Aaron from my mom and she offered to come with me, so we dropped Aaron at home and off we went.
I walked into the office at about 6:30pm and she took one look, shook her head and said that she wanted to try drain it.
Let me just tell you that this chick, this chick is a freaking liar! There is no way in heaven, hell or purgatory that she fell asleep while having those stars tattooed on her face.
Thank heavens my mommy came with me. I cried the entire time the dr was working on me. From the time she injected the anesthetic, through making a hole (!) in the cyst, to draining it and then injecting cortisone directly into it. Sore does not even begin to cover the pain!
So I am now on hectic once a day antibiotics for 10 days and an increased dose of Roaccutane as well as a topical cortisone cream.
Lets just hope that I look like a normal person by next Sunday for my brother in laws wedding.
Dosage: 30mg per day
Skin issues: Massive cyst on left side of my nose (drained as per above), small drained cyst under right side of nose (she also injected cortisone into that one, just in case)
Side effects: Nothing different, my hands and the top of my feet are a little dry but other than that all is ok.
Improvement: Watch this space!
So I have made a decision.
I am stopping the Roaccutane and going back onto the antibiotic my GP had me on before.
I know I should probably wait to speak to the dermo, and I *will* call her on Tuesday and discuss it, but I just know that this is the right thing to do.
Before, I would get 1 cyst maybe every 2/3 months (sometimes more sometimes less), in the last month I have had 3 major cysts and that isnt including the small ones on my lips.
Im hoping the antibiotic will sort out whatever infection is making the current cyst so angry and that when I speak to the dermo on Tuesday we can figure out another solution.
I really thought that after the first week or two (even 3!) the getting ‘worse before it gets better’ part of Roaccutane would be over. We are now at the end of week 4/beginning of week 5 and this last cyst is so bad I would classify it as one of my top 3 BAD cysts. I also have a small one forming under my nose too.
Hopefully the antibiotic kicks in quickly cause my nose (and left side of my face) is excruciatingly sore. Smiling, yawning, brushing teeth or anything that causes movement of my cheek makes me want to scream.
Im going to keep updatin but am starting from day 1a (on antibiotics, no Roaccutane).
I stopped in at Melrose Arch earlier with my mom and the kids and we came across a sight that made us pay attention…
What is Fairtrade you may ask? Well from the Fairtrade Label South Africa website:
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and a global movement that stands for sustainability and development through trade.
Dating back to the 1960s, Fairtrade started with small initiatives by individuals or groups (usually faith-based organisations or social entrepreneurs) that wanted to make a difference in developing countries by buying their products in an ethical manner. This included paying fairer prices and establishing direct trading partnerships with producers, thereby sharing knowledge and information on production and market and quality requirements.
You can read a more in depth description here.
The stand at Melrose Arch involved moving from station to station learning about what Cadbury and Fairtrade are all about. Justice, Cocoa and Joy each gave a brief and informative talk as we moved to each station and then Aaron got to make his very own Cadbury Faircrow
Fairtrade Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bars are for sale in store as we speak and I for one am very excited to be able to buy them.
I think the whole Fairtrade organisation is a wonderful example in empowerment and in alleviating poverty.
Note: Neither Cadbury nor Fairtrade Label SA asked me to write about this, I stumbled upon the entire thing by accident and it has struck a deep chord with me.
So finally, the car post!
I am so over the moon super excited to have my new car.
Dont get me wrong, I adore my old Tazz (and am quite pleased that she is still with us, Paul has taken over driving her).
But having, power steering, central locking, electric windows and aircon is amazing!
Also, my little Tazz is over 12 years old and I have had her for just over 10 years. She really was a ‘student’ car.
The new car is a real Mom-mobile Its a Toyota Innova and can seat up to 7 people.
Its an absolute pleasure to drive and Paul and I half joke about who gets to drive it.
In fact I find myself making up excuses to go to the shops etc just so that I can take it out for a spin
Dosage: 20mg per day
Skin issues: Redness on the sides of my nose, I have a new cyst on the left side of my nose (actually 2 cysts, one slightly smaller than the other but it looks like only one), this time the cyst is completely blind, meaning that there is no head and no chance of it draining which makes it that much more painful than the others. Its also quite close to my eye and the swelling is a bit uncomfortable.
Side effects: My lips are quite dry. An unexpected side effect, and not wholly unwelcome, is a marked increase in hair loss, I have noticed a more than average loss, especially when I wash my hair. The fact that my hair is so thick makes this side effect a small bonus
Improvement: None that I can see.