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I'm done with Accutane.

*Parties like it's on sale for $19.99*
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Well, this is getting repetitive. The only difference in this week has been that my feet are really sore on the bottoms, like I am walking on really faint bruises. And my lips are really dry, again. The foot thing is no big- I take an advil and I'm fine, and I can live with the lip thing.

Tuesday is my next appointment to pee and get pricked and that's always a joy. I have my list. It's all good.

Oh! And I might - might - have less fatigue. We'll see during the week.

~

I had a lovely weekend in which I didn't work (yay!) did go to the Chocolate Festival in Long Grove (it sucked. Hardly any chocolate! And, yes, the weather wasn't great, but still!. One 800lb block of fudge does not a festival make).

But we went to see on of Fleet's favorite bands, Patchouli and they were awesome, like they were the first time I saw them, on our first date. So that was very nice, indeed.

And then today rocked when we went to the Elmhurst Art Fair to see them again. It was like a whole different show! I mean, they were great yesterday, but it was warm today and there were a lot of people there and Fleet and I had a great time walking the fair (he got stuff. I manfully used restraint) and it was *wonderful!*

And Elmhurst has a Lapidary* Museum which is *so cool!* I didn't go in today, but I have to go back!

And then this evening I went to a cocktail party at a friend's house (they moved in last fall) and it was really cool. The house was built by Frank Lloyd Wright and apparently has no right angles in the design at all. Not even the join from ceiling to wall. Very nifty.

Oh! And I finally saw Fleet's place and it's nice, though a total bachelor pad with many unfinished projects and also cat hair, and I met his very sweet and totally loving cat, Schrödinger, who reminded me of Peekie when she was young and spry. Now she curls up next to me on my bed mostly and sticks her chin over the keyboard when I'm typing so I will pet her.

*loves Peekie*

Tomorrow is the start of a six-day week which is made of yuck. The biggiest downside is the clusterf*ck of big ol' proportions that I know I will have to deal with. Not tomorrow, or even this week, but next week, probably.

It is going to suck. But I'll deal with it. Because I have to. But I am not looking forward to it. BOO!

* A lapidary (the word means "concerned with stones") is an artisan who practices the craft of working, forming and finishing stone, mineral, gemstones, and other suitably durable materials (amber, shell, jet, pearl, copal, coral, horn and bone, glass and other synthetics) into functional and/or decorative, even wearable, items (e.g. cameos, cabochons, and more complex faceted designs). Click for the full Wiki.
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This is the week of Joint Pain.

Oh, dear lord, do I ache. I feel so geriatric, waking up and aching, going to sleep and aching, staying in one position too long and aching. And I know this has to be a side effect of the Accutane because it is one of the most common Accutane SEs and so it's either joint pain from medicine or arthritis and, frankly, I would like to not even consider that option, please, because I am already neurotic enough. I can consider it if the aches continue without the Accutane scapegoat.

Other then that, dry, thirsty, massive fatigue, blah, blah sameol'cakes.

~

So! In other news!

Worked yesterday. Around two o'clock we discovered a massive leak in the ceiling in the back of the store (not the floor, thankfully) and that was an adventure in trying to rescue inventory, stop the leak or at least get out buckets, save the mail and prevent the water from getting to the master computer that is basically the main network.

Good times.

Then . . .

Fleet!

Who, it seems, has some spacial relation issues as he backed his car into a fence today while dropping me off which is the second time he has hit something while backing up with me in the car.

But he can parallel park like he was made for it.

Go figure.

The biggest downside is that while he was in AZ his car was at the shop getting a boat load of bodywork done.

Poor Fleet.

BUT!

Before that was fantastic! He came over yesterday evening and we went to dinner at my very favorite restaurant, Greek Islands which was, as usual, awesome except for the flaming cheese which was not melty enough. But that is the only time that has happened to me there and I go there a bit so I figured it was a fluke. Everything else was *amazing* as usual.

And yes, I know they were shut down temporarily by the Health Department and that is a very sucky thing but I figure that now is the *best* time to go because they are super-duper extra careful. It's (morbidly, I know) like flying after a plane crash. You know that the mechanics are going to be even more careful checking out the plane when thoughts of a crash are high in the minds of travelers. (Well, except me who thinks of crashes all the time). (And maybe that whole ultra careful thing isn't true but it helps me sleep at night so that's that).

After dinner we came back to my place and watched the Adventures of Pete & Pete (OMG! Baby Dawn! Funny!) and then Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and that was also good but I fell asleep about half way through. I've been sleepy lately! And it was about midnight and I had a big dinner and it was so cozy with the blanket and the Fleet and the dark room and the conditions that lead to sleep.

So I slept.

He left VHD here, though, so I can watch the second half. Maybe later tonight.

This morning was spent sleeping and then sleeping some more and then we had delicious brunch and then he went home and now I am here and I am still sleepy and full and relaxed and I'm not working on Tuesday.

It's all good, I say.

It's all good.

xoxoxoxoxoxo
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Well, here I am at the quarter-way point. Time flies, yo. And I can say that overall it is helping but the helping doesn't negate the fact that Accutane sucks. All I hear is that it is going to get worse and I don't particularly want it to get worse, but we shall see, we shall see. I am still dry and going crazy with the Aquaphor (thank goodness for Aquaphor). This week I talked to my dermatologist about some seriously dry skin on my right wrist which doesn't hurt but is pretty unattractive (it probably won't help the sale if I show them how a bracelet looks on my wrist - to get an idea - and my wrist is red, bumpy and peeling) and he recommended a 1% hydrocortisone cream so I picked one up and it might be working.

I'm still pretty tired which I think, now, might be because of the medicine. I've been bored in the past but haven't slept this much. I'll put it on the "Ask the doctor" list. And my joints are getting achy which is unpleasant. I am feeling it particularly in the ball of my foot and my lower back. But it's not unbearable (yet) so mostly I'm fine.

The one new thing is that I am healing a lot slower then I used to. I expected this but it's still . . . strange. It's not that it hurts more but it is taking longer to, you know, heal. Scab over and stuff. So no more burning myself on the oven (though, to be fair, I would think that even if I wasn't on the medication. Burns, on ovens or otherwise, are things I prefer to avoid).

So I soldier on. My forehead seems to have broken out kind of badly this week (and the skin on my forehead feels tissue thin: just scratching it seems to give me a cut) but it isn't as big and is disappearing pretty quickly.

So that's that.

~

QUESTION:

What is a good body lotion with an SPF of at least 15? I don't want to use actual suntan lotion because I don't like the feel or smell for everyday use. But I should have something spf-y *anyway* and now I really need it.

Any suggestions?

~

Good things:

* I got my quarterly incentive check
* My sweet Peekie
* Fleet is back from AZ tomorrow (!!!)
* I have what appears to be a busy week at work if the appraisal I just got is any indication
* It's BEAUTIFUL in Chicago and the plants are coming to life. There's green again!
* I am going to make a very delicious salad for my lunches this week and just got a boatload of veggies (thank you payday!)
* I have a plan involving me buying a really nice pair of earrings and I think it might work and I am excited and hopeful about it.
* My sweet Peekie is now purring in my lap
* I'm not working on Tuesday
* I am going to make cupcakes today, I think.
* My friend [livejournal.com profile] eep1313 is married and I am so very excited to hear all about it!
* The Dresden File books. I really do love them
* My wonderful friends list and my wonderful friends who aren't of the internet.

I hope everyone is having a lovely day!
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Well I went to the doctor this morning and everything is going along swimmingly. Hooray! He upped my dose to 80mg a day which I guess is a good thing and said all the dryness and peeling and everything is totally normal and it's fantastic that I am seeing some differences, even small ones, because a lot of people don't this soon.

So yay!

The boo of my day comes from the part where it's possible that my health insurance is only covering half of my lady doctor appointment from last month.

I'm sorry but WTF?

I mean, if they could the government would make it a law to get me to the gynie to make sure the baby making machine is in tip top shape! But I have to pay for half of it? This is very bad insurance and I am very, very annoyed.

Now how to I explain to my boss that I need a raise because my insurance covers only half of my pap smear?
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Well, week four on Accutane which means just about a month (an actual month going by the lunar calendar) and, well, not much change from last week, I don't think.

My face isn't really peeling, except where I break out and my breakouts are smaller. They still happen, but the acne isn't as large and doesn't seem to last as long. Still hurts, though.

What does appear to be in the early stages of peeling, though, is the back of my right hand (and a little bit on my left). It's not gross or anything, it just looks . . . spotty. Like when you have überdry skin, which there you go.

Tomorrow is my first doctors appointment since I've started so I will have to drink an entire bottle of in the cab on the way. Heh. Pregnancy and blood tests are ever so much fun, let me tell you.

And I have a whole list of questions for my doctor ranging from the ouchie on my right ring finger to my crazy [.] stuff. Whee!

So, all is well on that front.

Oh! One thing I did notice, though, I think, is that I am getting hungover a bit easier. I felt it a bit this morning even though I only had about one to one and a half glasses of wine. On the whole, not a problem as I'm not a big drinker anyway, but it is still something of note, I guess.

In four months when cold medicine is giving me raging hangovers I'm sure I will look back on this mild headache fondly. Heh.

~

Weekend was okay. After the mishaps with Fleet he ended up getting to my place last night around five. We (I) made fish tacos which were fantastic (well, the first batch- the second batch the oil wasn't hot enough, dag nabit, so they weren't as great. But we didn't eat them because we were stuffed so I'll just heat them in the oven and they'll be fine) and watched Eat Drink Man Woman which was really good. Then we turned on Captain Blood which is the movie I originally wanted to watch because - DUH - swashbuckling! Awesome!

Well, I watched a good twenty, twenty-five minutes before passing out. Fleet woke me up at one point so I could watch some fantastic swashbuckling action but mostly, yeah, I missed the film.

From what I got of it, though, I don't think I'm all that upset. Maybe I'll give it another chance at a later date.

~

Today we slept in a little and at noon he went home because I had a baby shower that I actually wanted to go to because I quite love the woman having the baby. She's married to a man I've known since I was a wee little thing and I think the world of them. She is eight months along but unless you see her from the side you can hardly tell! She looks adorable and I am so happy for the two of them!

The shower was a shower and we'll just leave it at that.

Now I am going to sack out for the rest of the night. It should be an interesting week: I have the doctor early tomorrow and then I am out of the office all day on Tuesday for Tag Heuer training and then my boss is out the rest of the week.

Fleet is going to Arizona for ten days on Saturday. Ah well, it means I will be able to get some stuff done, like work on my mom's Mother's Day gift and maybe see some friends.

All in all I am okay.

Still pissed as hell about the work thing, but it is fading, thank goodness. Hopefully by tomorrow it will all just be cleared up and over with.

Well, there is my totally boring update. But now at least I have the accutane stuff on record.

♥♥♥ to all!
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The biggest difference I've seen this week is that my nose is clearer. Not perfect, by any means, but a definite clearness that wasn't there. I also think that the acne and such that was on my nose was because of the accutane, so it's nice to see it worked through (though I am by no means thinking that I have gotten through the worst of it).

Still lots of Aquaphor, not as much peeling, drinking water and things are okay.

The other problem I discussed last week - the one having to do with being back on birth control - is *still* a problem. Feh. But I'll give it another month or so and we'll see what happens.

~

In other news, I have had what can only be described as a decadent weekend (cut because I ramble). )

Oh! random other: My mother just went to the Caribbean for a week, and yesterday morning, as she was leaving for the airport, the fire alarm in her front hall started beeping. So she called me from the airport to see if I would stop over and change the batteries so that it wouldn't start beeping incessantly while she was out of town. I agreed, and before breakfast Fleet and I went over to switch them out. Now, the smoke alarm only takes 9V batteries and the two extra my mom had were dead (so very helpful, that). So Fleet and I went to eat, then stopped at Walgreen's to pick up two new ones that, you know, worked.

So we go back to my mom's, I put in the batteries and push down the 'test' button and the batteries work, but somehow the test system on the fire alarm set off the security system in my mom's apartment. So the fire alarm stops going off, but now the whole freaking security alarm is going nuts and the security company calls to see if everything is okay.

Everything is fine except I don't know the alarm code. At all. Even a little bit. And the woman on the phone needs the code to help the alarm. Or she'll have to call the fire department (which, as it turns out, came anyway). So I am trying to figure out the alarm, which is still going nuts - can't call my mother because she's on a plane - trying to call my brother who is in the middle of moving, trying to call my *sister* who is at a birthday party for her husband's aunt, forcing my cell phone at Fleet and asking *him* to try calling my siblings while I dig through my mom's filing cabinet, freaking out that the woman I am *still* on the phone with is going to think I'm an intruder and basically losing my mind, though not in a huge way. More absurd.

After about fifteen minutes I've hung up with the Security woman, who is trying to reach my sister, the alarm has automatically stopped shrieking and my brother calls me back having thought of a possible code. So I go over to the system and punch it in and the alarm deactivates.

All is well.

Except the fire department is still coming and that is no good. So I call back the security place (thank you caller ID!) and talk to the woman who asks the password I now know (and will NEVER forget) and she says that she'll call off the dispatch. Except as we're talking there are siren's getting closer and closer.

Well, suddenly they stop, all is good with the security company, Fleet and I have a moment to absorb the surreal 20 minutes we just experienced and we leave. Only to walk into the fire department. Who, as it turns out, have no idea that to get to my mother's apartment you actually have to go to the back of the building to the second elevator and even if they did know that they don't know how to use the elevator override.

Chicago's Bravest, ladies and gentlemen.

But they were nice and would have figured it out, I'm sure, and I had a fun little adventure, indeed.

All this because I did my mother a favor.

Ta Da!

Well, it was funny and only frustrating when I didn't have the code (I had my mother's maiden name, birthdate, social security number and several other bits of information but none of them would work because I didn't have the blasted code. OH MY GOD SO FRUSTRATING!!!) and the alarm was shrieking.

So, that's my weekend. good times, my friends. Good times.
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Pretty much the same as week one.

I'm still dry, dry, dry and I have noticed that the inside of my nose is often painfully dry and very tender. The outside is also what is showing the most dryness and possibly I am less oily. I am still breaking out, but I think they might not be quite as big or long and I feel like some of the scaring is clearing up.

What I need to find, now, is a really good facial moisturizer. I have been using Oil of Olay oil-free for many years, on and off, but I feel like it's not helping at all. I am putting on lotion right after I get out of the shower and then another layer five minutes later and it stings. Boo!

I also am reacting badly to white gold, I think because of the accutane. I have a wg ring and I think it is giving me a rash on my finger. I took it off about a week ago and it is healing, but slowly. And I put a silver ring on the first time I thought it was healed but it just got bad again.

The wg thing doesn't necessarily surprise me- a lot of people are mildly allergic to nickel, which is what makes the white gold white - but it is a bummer as the ring is new and I haven't actually paid it off yet.

So, there's that.

~

HAPPY EASTER, my friends!

I just got back from Easter lunch at my mom's and it was, of course, amazing. I have so much fun with my family and I *know* how lucky I am for it. I was there with my mom (of course), Jenny & Jack, David and David's roommate who you may recall as he's the one I kind of love all the time.

It really was a blast. I made frosting because my sister wanted to make it and then got bored (oh, so familiar) so it fell on my shoulders and as it turns out I suck at making frosting, or the recipe was just a bad one. I think it's the second, actually. It did turn out frosting-like, though, so that's good.

Tonight I am just going to chill, chill, chill. I am done with my hellish three weeks of working Saturdays (slowest. Saturdays. Ever) and now have three weeks off. And I think I only have three more until Memorial Day and then we close on the weekends through the summer. Woo!

Yesterday's Saturday was particularly tragic because I waited at the bus stop in the snow and wind (my god, the wind!) for a half hour until the bus showed up. No, I'm sorry, until FOUR BUSSES showed up.

CITY! IT'S CALLED BUNCHING!

Lets try getting that fixed, hmmmm?

xoxoxo to all and I hope you are having lovely days.
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Well, I've been on this wacky Accutane for a week now and I think I can already tell that there are changes happening in my bod. Not for the better, mind, but they are there.

Mostly at this point I can tell in my lips. I feel like I am *constantly* putting on Aquaphor (when I was told it would be my new favorite thing they weren't kidding) though often my lips feel so dry that the Aquaphor doesn't necessarily seem to be working. Alas!

But I'll figure it out.

Also, my chin and nose (my biggest problem areas) seemed to be peeling this past week. Nothing huge, but like I had been in the sun a little but too long.

I am still breaking out, alas, though I have expected that, and I am drinking a lot of water, though I don't mind that as water is all good for me.

So, so far so good, though I am under the impression that it gets much worse before it gets better.

And I still haven't heard anything from my insurance company. I called our rep specifically and he didn't even know what accutane was and he asked me about four times why I couldn't get it via mail.

So that sucked.

~

If I was in the same situation s the man in this picture my reaction would be *very* different.

~

Last night Fleet came over and we ordered pizza (so good!) and watched Labyrinth and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

Labyrinth was good though I kept wanting to MST3K and Shakespeare was *brilliant*.

It was a very fun night, indeed. Fleet also made bubble tea and I realized that while the tea was good the bubbles *really* aren't my thing. Like mochi, they have a weird texture that really puts me off. But now I know.

~

Work yesterday was d-e-d ded and I had the opportunity to talk to my boss about things I *really* needed to talk with him about but I couldn't muster up the energy. I suck. Alas!

And I am taking Tuesday off this week and think I will be taking my mom up on the invitation to go see our house, which is back on the market. The new owners did a ton of work on it when they bought it so it should be interesting.

~

Ah! Pill-poppers! They work! I mean, Peekie hates it but I think it's much better than the cream cheese (which does work, [livejournal.com profile] raebird, at least at first and is definitely worth a try) in that she doesn't have to deal with the taste of it. And if I feed her or give her a treat after it's over she loves me again quite quickly. Huzzah!

Anyway, I didn't get much sleep last night and even though I took a nap this afternoon, I am still kind of groggy. I think I will shower and then stare off into space for a while. Futz about online. Play with the cat. Tomorrow I have an early doctor's appointment and a late doctor's appointment, so I feel that i should be rested up. Or something.

*MWAH*

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