Working On Self the Hard Way
July 8, 2017 4:25pm CST
I decided to take control of what I can to help prevent more damage, surgeries etc. I started with my face which has some really bad sun damage from tanning and burning. This past Wednesday, I had the blue light therapy with my dermatologist to treat actinic keratosis that could lead to squamous cell cancer. It's not like those machines you buy for home. A cream drug called Levulan was put on my face. First I was washed with some acid type stuff which almost took my breath away like sniffy alcohol. Then this kerastick was broken almost like a glow stick and dabbed all over my face. Then I sat for an hour to incubate allowing it to absorb into cells that will make them sensitive to the light and destroy them. It has been like a horrible sunburn but lessening as the days progress. Although most can resume outside activities after 48 - 72 hours long as they wear good hats and lots of SPF, I have to stay in longer since mine really reacted. What's great is it will also remove tiny lines, spots etc giving some cosmetic bonuses as well. Yesterday, I still swore I wouldn't do this again but now I'm talking about my next treatment in November. I may not be able to stop some of my skin cancers but I can stop these.
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The second day was the worse. I was warned but it hit harder since I had to go back the second day for a biopsy (insurance wouldn't allow it the same day) and just going from the house to the car and into the office caused a horrible reaction. I had a very floppy hat, lots of SPF and the car has very dark windows but wasn't enough. My doctor was upset for the reaction and I had to have cold cloths on me for an hour to calm it down. During that time I said never again but now I'll do it again.