Night 5 was the worst. It was the first night that I didn’t sleep well, I tossed and turned so much that I rubbed most of the ointment off and had to get up in the middle of the night to re-apply. I also managed to get lots of it in my hair—so much so that when I washed my hair the next day it didn’t come out completely. I also realized last night that I was really not going to be able to go to my morning meeting. Not only was my face still too red, I’d developed a bruise around my right eyelid. I emailed Dr. Zimmet about it, he said that it was probably from one of the nerve block shots, and that bruising was rare but not unheard of. I agonized all evening about whether to call in sick for my 8 a.m. meeting, and at 11 p.m. decided to email my client and reschedule. I never do that—unless I’m contagious I’ll go to meetings when I’m sick to avoid rescheduling—but I just didn’t see how I was going to able to sit across from my client in the bright light of Starbuck’s at 8 a.m.
So, first thing in the morning I went to Dr. Zimmet’s office and saw Hadley. She said that my skin looked good, that I could stop using the ointment (yay!) and switch to the Skinceuticals epidermal repair plus moisturizer plus sunscreen.
When I washed my face and put on the first two layers, I looked dramatically better. The shiny ointment had really magnified the redness and was part of why I looked (to myself) so unacceptable. The Skinceuticals SPF 30 sunscreen is a physical barrier to sun, and when I put it on I looked like a Kabuki performer. I was going to try to avoid makeup as still peeling a bit, but I had to cover up the sunscreen. After my makeup was on I looked almost back to normal. You can still see the contrast between my pink face and the skin of my neck at my jawline, but looking straight on I looked pretty good. I went to my afternoon meeting, and the one person I’d confided in there said she could barely tell and that my skin looked amazing. I felt even more confident at Uchi for dinner, as it’s always pretty dimly lit. It was great to be out after five full days in the house! If I were doing this again I’d block off six days.
I’m really, really happy with the results so far. It’s definitely been well worth it by every measure.