I have noticed that in the last few months, my skin on my face has gotten awful. I used to have pretty nice skin, with an occasional blemish around TTOM. But now, I ALWAYS have blemishes on my chin, and it has spread to my forehead and the side of my face. WTF??????? I made fun of Andrew a while back for getting his first pimple. Perhaps this is karma paying me a visit. He hasn't had one since and I have them all the time. Don't get me wrong. They aren't like giant, puss filled pimples all over my face. I get one or two of those every few weeks. But it's just this weird, not normal stuff and I HATE looking at it. But, when I thought about it further, it seemed to coincide with me starting my anti-seizure meds. So, of course I Googled to see the known side effects of this particular med. Nowhere online does it mention acne. Awesome. But when I read different message boards, many women complained of acne and they too felt it was connected to the medicine.
I have tried different cleansers, creams, make up removers, etc. Nothing seems to help. A couple made it worse. I even treated myself to a facial last month. (I told myself it was a medical necessity. Too bad I can't get my insurance company to buy that.) I just look like a hot mess. Even Steve has made comments about it, and he never notices anything. I have bought different coverups to try and hide everything. Even with that, you can still see everything. I am so frustrated.
I decided yesterday while I was home to email my neurologist to ask his opinion. I was even funny in my email stating that I doubted it was a side effect and that it was just Kerry's luck. I got a phone call back from his nurse. She said that acne is not a known side effect. Duh. Tell me something I don't know. She then went on to explain that acne can have many causes. Hormonal changes, different products or, even stress. She asked if I was stressed. Me? With 4 kids? A job? A house to manage? OH and NOT DRIVING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Why would I be stressed? She laughed. I'm glad someone could. She asked for details about how these blemishes looked. I explained. She asked if I had any other seizures. Um. Dontcha think I would've called the office ASAP if I had? She said my doctor was gone for the day but she'd speak to him today and call me back.
Don't get me wrong. I really like this doctor and his staff. They are super nice and pleasant. They are VERY attentive in returning calls and emails and are always eager to help. But this phone call was just silly. I mean, I am 35 years old. I got the "your body is going to go through changes" speech when I was 10. The only"talk" I should be getting is "the big change will be approaching in the near future". I know that your period causes hormonal issues and pimples. I know stress can wreak havoc on your body. But, seriously? I mean, I get that she had to ask me all these questions in order to make a presentation to the doctor but come on! It's 10:32am. No call back yet. So, I'll just sit here. Not driving anywhere; trying to "not be stressed", even though I have errands that have to be run and groceries that need to be purchased so my 4 kids can be fed; waiting on emails back from people to see if they can shlep my children to various activities that I cannot take them to. And, when my doctor does call back, I have a funny feeling that I will not have anything different to share with any of you than I do right now. But again, why would I BE STRESSED?