Acne Update â€“ VI
Five months have passed since our son started on isotretinoin.Â During the excitement of the holidays, there was a small blip of a minor acne flare-up, but overall, itâ€™s gone.Â The face is clear, the back and shoulders are clear.
Off to the dermatologist father and son went.Â The doctor examined our sonâ€™s face and back.
â€œOne more month,â€ the doctor suggested.Â â€œWeâ€™re 99% of the way there, but it can be better.Â If we continue the medication for the sixth month, it will ensure success.â€
The next day my husband, Benedetto, got a call from the dermatologistâ€™s nurse, reportingÂ the results forwarded from the lab.
â€œHis blood indicates elevated triglycerides,â€ she said.Â â€œSo the doctor would like to take him off of the meds for two weeks, then you go back to the lab and get retested.Â If all is well, your son can start the final month of pills, then.â€
â€œAlright,â€ my husband agrees, telling his son.Â Then the two come and share with me.
My mental-medical-dictionary mind flipped around diagnoses like â€œtuberculosisâ€ and â€œtyphusâ€ before lighting on â€œtriglyceridesâ€.Â Not coming up with anything in my vast mental reserves, I looked it up online.
â€œApparently, youâ€™ve been drinking too much,â€ I told my son who had never had a drop of anything in his life.Â Â â€œAlcohol can contribute to high triclyceride levels.Â Also, not enough exercise,â€ I told my son who considered three-hour workouts de rigeur.
â€œMama, itâ€™s the medication,â€ he informed me.
â€œI think Iâ€™ve come to the same conclusion.â€
So, we have a clear face, 99% clear back and shoulders, and weâ€™ll see what happens in another couple of weeks with more bloodwork.Â Better safe than sorry.
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