So, Nicole polish. I can say that I almost always like the formula, and the brush is pretty easy to work with. I tend to love most of the colors, and it isn't very often that I need to go over 3 coats to get full coverage. I know, most people won't even bother if it's more than 2 coats, but I've done as many as 6 or more without having too much of a fit about it. I suppose because I find it so relaxing to do my nails, so extra time spent on them is just a bonus bit of calming time.
But not really. See, I wanted a green base to go under the polish I was really planning on. And layers means more coats, so more time to relax, which I really seem to need, especially right now.
Mostly, I'm babbling so you can skip reading the symptoms of this med if you want.
Because, really, it's not for the faint of heart.
Or the weak of stomach.
Let's just hope that I don't get most of them, ok?
Sounds like a plan.
So, let's see what can happen to me.
Body as a Whole: Alcohol intolerance, Malaise, Edema, Dizziness, Moniliasis, Fatigue, Fever, Muscle weakness, Hot flashes, Influenza-like symptoms, Weight increase, Increased appetite.
Oh that is just lovely. So, I might gain even more weight, feel even more tired, and be more menopausal?
Cardiovascular: Acute myocardial infarction, Thromboembolism, Stroke, Flushing, Cyanosis, Increased bleeding time, Chest pain.
Beautiful, I could get blood clots, have a stroke, a heart attack, and/or bleed to death at any time. This just gets scarier.
Eye disorders: Xerophthalmia, Abnormal/blurred vision, Decreased night vision/Night blindness, Abnormal lacrimation, Itchy eyes and lids, Papilledema, Blepharitis, Chalazion, Recurrent sties, Conjunctivitis/irritation, Eye abnormality, Conjunctival hemorrhage, Subepithelial corneal lesions, Eye pain, Corneal epithelial abnormality, Photophobia, Corneal ulceration, Diplopia, Ectropion.
Whoa, there are words there that I don't even know, and I have a fairly extensive vocabulary! Go ahead, Google a few of those strange looking words, I'll wait here. After all, I certainly hit up Google after reading this.
Nervous System: Myopathy with peripheral neuropathy, Headache, Abnormal gait, Pseudotumor cerebri (intracranial hypertension), Pain, Migraine, Neuritis, Rigors.
Hmmm, abnormal gait, that's rather vague. I mean, am I suddenly going to look like I'm a candidate for the Ministry of Silly Walks? And for the love of gods, please, please, no migraines.
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, Constipation, Glossitis, Diarrhea, Dyspepsia, Hemorrhoids, Nausea, Esophagitis, Melena, Tongue disorder, Gastritis, Tenesmus, Gastroenteritis, Tongue ulceration.
I've always wondered, what happens if you have diarrhea and constipation at the same time? Also, what IS tongue disorder?
Liver and Biliary: Hepatic function abnormal, Hepatitis, Jaundice.
Ooh, maybe my skin can turn yellow. It's NOT my favorite skin color, only nail polish!
Psychiatric: Aggressive feelings and/or suicidal thoughts, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Dysphonia, Somnolence, Libido decreased, Nervousness.
Well, decreasing my libido is probably not a problem, because it's certainly been in overdrive for the last, oh nearly 10 years. Hehe. What can I say? The Mate is one sexy guy. Those other ones though, those don't sound like fun at all. Especially since I already have psychiatric issues.
Skin and Appendages: Thinning of the skin, skin fragility and scaling may occur all over the body, particularly on the palms and soles; nail fragility is frequently observed. Alopecia Skin peeling. Dry skin Nail disorder Pruritus, Erythematous rash, Hyperesthesia, Paresthesia, Paronychia Skin atrophy, Abnormal skin odor, Psoriasiform rash, Acne, Otitis externa, Purpura, Breast pain, Photosensitivity reaction, Abnormal hair texture, Pyogenic granuloma, Cyst, Eczema, Furunculosis, Skin nodule, Skin fissures, Hair discoloration, Skin hypertrophy, Dermatitis, Skin ulceration, Herpes simplex, Skin disorder, Increased sweating, Sunburn, Hyperkeratosis, Skin irritation, Hypertrichosis, Sweat gland disorder, Infection, Hypoesthesia, Impaired healing, Urticaria, Otitis media, Verrucae.
Wow, there are a whole bunch more words in there that I gotta Google. Also, herpes? I, uh, thought that was a catchy kinda thing, not a caused by meds kinda thing. I mean, it's totally common anymore, and not really such an awful thing, especially when you realize that a simple cold sore is the herp. And bunches of people get those at times. I can vouch that the nail fragility thing is way true.
Mucous Membranes: Cheilitis, Rhinitis, Dry mouth, Epistaxis, Gingival bleeding, Stomatitis, Altered saliva, Hemorrhage, Gingivitis, Thirst, Anal disorder, Pharyngitis, Increased saliva, Ulcerative stomatitis, Gum hyperplasia.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. ANAL disorder? That just sounds horrible to me. Thirst, I can deal with. Dry mouth sucks, but I can deal. Oh, and just what is altered saliva? Is it going to become acidic or something? Will I start to breathe fire? That would be cool.
Respiratory: Sinusitis, Coughing, Increased sputum, Laryngitis.
Hehe. I could lose my voice. Like that would bother anybody.
Special Senses/Other: Earache, Ceruminosis, Taste perversion, Deafness, Tinnitus, Taste loss.
Taste perversion. Hehehe. Like I'm not perverted all on my own. I could definitely deal with taste loss better than deafness.
Urinary: Abnormal urine, Dysuria, Penis disorder.
Okay, so we *KNOW* one side effect I won't get!
I can't donate blood for at LEAST three years after coming off this med. I can't have kids (luckily, that is impossible anyway) because pregnancy is bad bad bad with this drug. It can cause some serious liver damage, raises cholesterol, can wreak havoc with the pancreas, and cause diabetes. No taking Vitamin A, I have to avoid too much sun, I'll need monthly liver tests, and I should stay away from alcohol (which is really not such a big thing).
And you know what? I think all of those risks are worth it, because it has already shown me that I CAN have nearly clear skin. So if I gotta go through some misery for that? I so will. If I get to the point where I'm not scaling all over and itchy and painful, I will deal with the rest of these for as long as I have to.
And now, bedtime. Hope I don't drive too many people away with my whining and crap.