So here I am on day five of my accutane treatment. Day 1 was nothing, of course. No immediate side effects. So let’s start with day 2.
Day 2 (Thursday): It was hard to remember not to take the accutane in the morning with the rest of my medicine! I almost forgot it has to be taken with a fatty meal. But I caught myself and waited for lunch since my breakfast is usually just coffee. All day Thursday I was complaining that my hands were dry, not realizing that it was already the effects of just two pills taken, drying my skin.
Day 3 (Friday): I again took my pill at lunch. Hands were totally dry, but luckily my coworker had a hand cream that I borrowed/stole from her throughout the day. A little later in the afternoon, I had an itch right in my smile line on my cheek/near my nose. I scratched it. As I lowered my hand from my cheek, I noticed blood on my finger. This simple scratch had made my face bleed. I mentioned this to a friend of mine later that night, since she had taken accutane before. She reminded me that I needed to moisturize like crazy. This is when I connected the dots – my chapped lips, bleeding face, and dry hands were the dryness already taking place. I had no idea it would happen so fast.
Day 4 (Saturday): I woke up from three really crazy dreams.
Dream #1: I dreamt that my friends 2 year old daughter wandered off from the house. We looked everywhere for her and we just weren’t finding her. I was desperate in the dream, but was frustrated that my friend (the 2 year old’s mom) was so calm. Why wasn’t she upset that her daughter was missing? She kept saying, “Oh, she’s done this before. She’ll show up on the porch in a little bit.” I kept looking and wouldn’t give up, even if my friend was so calm. Eventually, the baby showed up on the porch. My friend had a satisfied smirk on her face. “I told you she’s done this before.”
Dream #2: There is a sushi bar in my hometown that is on the 2nd floor of an old building, so the stairs are pretty steep and uneven. In my dream, I was going to go get sushi. But in place of the normal staircase was a ropes course. I couldn’t get up to the sushi bar no matter how hard I tried. I kept falling over and over again, and everyone else was completing the course with ease.
Dream #3: I was invited to a Lularoe party (insert eyeroll here). I hate these things, but for some reason in the dream I wanted to go because food was provided. I went, I ate my food, and then snuck out without being pressured into buying a billion dollar pair of leggings that will rip in 3 wears anyways. As soon as I snuck out, I remembered that I left my golden crochet hook at the party. I had to figure out a way to sneak back in, then out again, without buying any leggings! By the way, I don’t crochet. Well, to sneak back in, guess what I had to do!? The ropes course from dream #2!! Needless to say, I woke up before I ever got my hands back on that golden crochet hook again.
Pretty weird. I’ll post tomorrow about the weird dreams I had last night..this was a side effect I didn’t know in advance, but from my google searches, crazy vivid dreams are somehow connected to accutane.
I did make a point to go out and buy a TON of products to moisturize my skin. I’ll post about them in a couple days 🙂