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So I think I am finally getting the answers I have been looking for these past three months. If you remember my last three posts:
I talked about everything that has been going on health-wise since Adam’s birth. Since my last update, I found out that I do not have diabetes, I do not have any infections, and all my blood tests came back completely normal. My doctor told me that there was nothing else she could do to help me, that it was now up to my OB and dermatologist that I was referred to.
Even though I was a little disappointed about not getting any answers I was so relieved to here that nothing was seriously wrong with me. That and that I would end up in the hospital and not be able to take care of my baby, was a big part of my fears. So after that I was able to breathe easier and just work on ignoring everything else.
The next week I went to my OB and she decided to take more blood to see what my hormone levels are. She is thinking that most of these issues are hormone related from the birth and I am starting to agree. I still have not got the results back on that, but I should any day now. If it is my crazy hormones then I will go in and talk to my doctor again and go from there. I should be able to get those back to being leveled again, and with that I hoping everything will return to normal.
The big issue that I had left was my sores. Since Adam’s birth I have been dealing with very painful sores all over my body. Mostly on my back, but also on my chest, neck, face, and just this past week, my scalp which made it kind of hard to shampoo my hair. Here is a picture of what my back looks like:
It’s pretty gross I know. And makes me feel pretty terrible about myself since some of that is scarring, and knowing that my skin is never going to look the same again. Since it was spreading, I kept calling the dermatologist’s office trying to get my appointment moved up. They kept telling me they had no openings and my appointment was 3 weeks out. Finally, I made it a point to tell the receptionist how uncomfortable I was and that I honestly couldn’t wait anymore, and she called me back later that day with an appointment a few days later.
So the diagnosis is not sores, but really really bad cystic acne. I thought it was crazy because my PCM looked at my back and told me that it was definitely not acne. I had had acne before as a teenager, but never this bad or painful. Plus, I have it places I never knew you could get acne! So now I am on another antibiotic, a special shampoo and body wash, and I will be seen back in three months. The doctor said it may take up to 3 months to get this to go away, and we may have to try several things before we find one that works, but I am just happy we know what it is and it’s not serious.
They did take a culture of one of my sores to make sure there is nothing else wrong as well, so I am waiting to hear back on that and blood test results for my hormones. It looks like either way we will get this resolved, and I feel that I can finally get back to living a normal life. I have not even been able to exercise since having Adam because of all these things, and I am very much looking forward to doing that again.
I am so thankful for finally getting answers and getting these things resolved, even though it took three months, I know God has had a plan in all this. I feel like I have come out a stronger person, and I can handle things better now. It’s been a long three months, but I made it through.