Well, the trip to the dermatologist yesterday was a relief. He was really a nice man, and Michael feels optimistic about getting his acne cleared up, finally.I just have to go get the prescriptions late this afternoon. None of the medications were available yesterday.
Two interesting notes. The derm is a TINY man - Michael looks like a gorilla next to him, and he's 5'5 and weighs 120.
The other thing of interest if that he is the dermatologist to the Atlanta Braves and is a huge baseball fan. His office is filled with autographed photos of players. I told him about my grandfather, Bob Hasty.
Most importantly, Michael liked him. The doctor gave a sheet of explicit instructions on how to wash the face and apply the different medications.
So Michael is hopeful the plan will work. I am too, although I cautioned him to pay particular attention to the derm's instructions that it will take 6-8 weeks to see big results.
When we were coming home in the car yesterday, Michael and I talked about why he hates school so much. He hates being confined to sitting at a desk for so many hours. I am looking into homeschooling him next year. The problem is that he will have to be self-motivated to get on the computer and get his coursework done, and I can't help him with higher math and science stuff. Homeschooling a high schooler would be challenging. I did find a website called Georgia Virtual School which looks interesting.
I am still in the exploratory phase of this.
I think Michael will miss being around his friends all day. OTOH, he will be 16 years old when he starts high school, so perhaps the homeschooling thing would work out better. Who knows. I'm praying for guidance on this.