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Doctor's appointment

Friday, May 08, 2009

Well, I just got back from seeing my doctor. He's such a nice man. I think they were expecting me to be more aggressive with my treatment but I had to tell them that I had to stop going for now because I can't afford it. The nurse sounded more disappointed than the doctor. She almost ushered me out the door before I even got to see him but I told her I had some questions for him.

So like I said, he's such a nice man. He said the nurse told him that I wanted to begin a less strict regimen and I told him not to misunderstand. I very much wanted to be aggressive but that I can't afford it. He completely understood and said that more and more people are having to stop because of money problems.

So I did have questions about what to do and about the endometriosis. I asked him what was my window before the endometriosis comes back and he said 3 to 4 years so that was a huge relief. I told him that I read that higher stages of endo had a higher percentage of pregnancy after removal and asked him if that was his opinion too. He said a very good doctor friend of his did a study and said that it does seem that women with higher stages of endo do have a more likely result of pregnancy after surgery but there are varying factors such as the woman's age, the husbands fertility, etc. I told him I understood the concept of why higher stages would be more of a fertility factor. I'm just trying to weigh my odds here because there is no sure thing. I asked him to clarify what he did with the cysts and he said, according to his notes, he completely removed the cyst on my right tube. I didn't ask for clarification on the cyst that was on my left ovary but I'm guessing by our conversation that he either placed a huge lance in it or he removed it as well but I'm going to assume he just cut it open. And lastly, I asked him about exercise and he said it was highly encouraged. I asked about running and he said that was good, just not to get too winded.

So anyway, his suggestion was to continue with the prenatal vitamins, begin taking the Dexamethasone again for my adrenal gland, use ovulation test kits, have "relations" for two nights when the ovulation kit says I'm ovulating and come back in 4 months if I haven't gotten pregnant yet. He also said to please call if I DO get pregnant because he likes to know how his patients are doing.

So that was pretty much that. I'm exhausted - Jason and I had a huge fight last night over my brother. We got to the bottom of it around 1:30 this morning. The short of it is that he feels threatened by my brother because he feels like my brother takes so much of my time and my brother can be inconsiderate, even if it is unintentional (I do agree with both but Jason tends to bottle stuff up until he explodes). So on top of everything else, I have to have a conversation with my brother.

I've been either in tears or fighting them back most of the morning but I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel...

Thanks for listening.

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JHOFER 6/1/2009 8:56PM

    Sorry I'm late to respond. Not sure how I missed this. Hopefully you had a good weekend and were able to talk to your brother and things are smoother now. You do sound like you have an awesome doctor. Mines good but I don't feel like I have that kind of relationship with him. I think you have a good plan and I have heard lots of positive pregnancy stories after surgery. So keeping all my fingers crossed for you.

We also saw our RE last week and I updated my vox with it. It is super long though, as an fyi...

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    Sounds like you really do have a fantastic doctor. Keepin' my fingers crossed for you!

My hubby tends to keep things bottled up too. It's frustrating, but at least you were able to talk through the issue (even if it was an all-nighter). That's critical!!

Sorry about the tears. Wish I could make them go away, but sometimes we just need to get 'em out! Cyber hug!!!!


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SOPHIEMAE2007 5/12/2009 7:58PM

    Glad you were able to speak with your doctor and hope everything works the way it should. My niece has gone through some testing recently and found out it is her husband and not her, so I guess they are checking into IVF.

My other niece just had a baby on April 15th, which is also her birthday, could she have asked for such a wonderful birthday gift?! I just turned 44 at the end of the month, so my chances of having kids is getting slim. So I am enjoying what time I get with my great niece. My brother (grandpa) was thinking I was going to be taking the baby home with me the other night as I scooped her up before anyone else could the other night...closest thing to having my own. I have thought about adoption, but it would probably be an older child and that is ok too!

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UNIQUECHAR 5/8/2009 11:55AM

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel, Kathy! There always is! Sometimes the tunnel is longer than others but there is always light. Keep your chin up! Everything will workout!

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    It sounds like you had a nice talk with your doctor, and I hope things do work out for you. I'm sorry for what you're going through this morning, and I hope you're able to straighten everything out so that you, Jason, and your brother can get along more peacefully. Good luck with the talk!

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Future Planning

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Well, it's more than 3 weeks post-surgery and I'm moving on to the planning stages again. I see my doctor this Friday to see what he suggest we do from this point on but I can't afford any more fertility treatments this year.

I went ahead and bought an ovulation kit to track my ovulation this month. He did say not to expect to get pregnant the first month because of the dissolving patches he left on my ovary and other places but if I've calculated correctly, I'll ovulate after that 30 day window. So we'll see. I'm trying to not get too awfully caught up in it again but I know it'll be hard not to.

So keep your fingers crossed for me!

Take care,

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    Finger, toes, arms, eyes (not legs) crossed for you! LOL

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MARYBETH_OHIO 5/6/2009 9:36PM

    I will be praying for you and I also want to thank you for being so supportive so Thank you.. Feel free to call on me anytime when you need support or a friend..

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ETTEZEUS 5/6/2009 3:42PM

    Of course I will!! I'm starting to think I want you to become pregnant as much as you want to become pregnant. Guess that is just our growing friendship!

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Post-Op Appointment

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I saw my doctor today and he removed the stitches. He said everything went very well and that I'm in the "healing period", meaning that I probably won't get pregnant in the next month or so. He asked if I saw the video and I told him my husband had popped the video in but all we saw were pictures. He said if it was recorded properly, there should be a video too. So when I got home, I looked and sure enough there were about 5 separate videos.

The videos outlined where he was at in the surgery (he narrated as he did it), what organ was which and where the endometriosis was. It showed him burning some of it off and the adhesion that was on my left ovary. It also showed the huge, ugly cyst on my left ovary and the smaller cyst back on my right tube, which he noted was weighing down my tube.

So I go back in 3 weeks to find out what our next steps are. I'll have to break the news to him then that I can't afford anymore fertility treatments until after January and see what it is we need to do on our own. But the odds of me getting pregnant on my own just made a huge jump.

Catch you later!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 4/22/2009 8:56PM

    I think that is neat that he gave you a video of your surgery. I would love to have seen my hip surgery. I just know that I told him I wanted to make sure I was completely knocked out so I could feel any sawing or hammering...whatever they do to replace a hip joint. I think I would have been ok with that after the surgery, but not during!!!!

Good Luck!!!

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JHOFER 4/21/2009 9:32PM

    Wow I didn't know you would get to see a video of the surgery. I think that's pretty cool. I'd want to see it if it were me.

Good luck trying on your own. We are in the same boat and can't afford anymore treatments until January. So we are also trying on our own again. Seems you and I are following similar tracks with all this infertility junk.

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ETTEZEUS 4/21/2009 7:31PM

    Oh my gosh! I dont' think I could watch a video of my own surgery. EWWWW! I'd probably pass out.....LOL So happy that you are healing nicely!
Maybe you won't need those fertility treatments now!

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    Wow! How amazing to see a video of your own surgery! I'm so glad it worked out well and that you are feeling so much better. How great that what you've just been through will make it more likely for you to conceive! Best of luck!

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Five Days Post Surgery

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hey there, thanks for checking in.

I'm almost all healed, I still have a big ugly bruise under my belly button (as is typical of these types of surgeries, it's going away) and still at least two stitches but am feeling closer to 100%. I'm still very tired but I'm not sure if that is from the surgery or just from not being very active this week. It finally quit hurting to hiccup, sneeze and cough, which is nice!

My follow-up appointment is Tuesday; I'll find out what's next at that point.

See ya later.

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JHOFER 4/19/2009 1:09PM

    Glad you are feeling good. Let us know what the doc says the next steps are.

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ETTEZEUS 4/19/2009 12:45PM

    Awesome news! Next up.....BABY!!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 4/19/2009 12:27PM

    I'm so happy to hear you're almost back to your normal self. I hope your appointment goes well on Tuesday. It was great to see you Friday night! You sure looked great and like you felt better!

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 4/19/2009 10:53AM

    Woo hoo! Glad you're feeling good. I'm amazed at how quickly you've bounced back. It was great to see you at the relay.


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Three Days Post Surgery

Friday, April 17, 2009

Today is the first day I've felt somewhat human again since the surgery. I've got a little spring back to my step versus the hunched-over, slow gait I've had the last three days. I can actually stand up-right and can walk at a more normal pace.

I took my daughter to school this morning and the bumps didn't hurt. I've been very tired but I haven't had my morning coffee yet! I'm thinking sleep is very good for a healing body.

My lower back muscles are a little sore but I must have been over-compensating in my posture or something. There is still some gas in me, I can feel it roll around at times, but it's getting to be less each day. Yesterday afternoon I had the worst pain with it in my right shoulder. Quite a pocket accumulated just under my right shoulder and it brought me to tears (it takes a LOT to bring me to tears). It happened just after Jason got home from work - he was in the shower and I was trying to clean a spot off the mattress - I rolled back on my back and he saw me as he came out and asked what he could do. I asked him to put a pillow under my rear to make the gas roll in the opposite direction (like bubbles in soda - they go to the highest point). He did that then "burped" the front side of my shoulder (like a baby would be burped) and after about 15 or 20 minutes it started to lessen. I hope to not have to experience that again.

I spoke to the doctor's office and they told me to remove the bandages. I did, it took some doing but I got them off. Surprise! There are no steristrips under there, just my stitches. But I'm very careful with them as to not pull on them. As a matter of fact, the stitch on my left hip was itching a bit and I put a regular band-aid over it to keep from scratching it. Now the problem lies in the remaining super-sticker left on my skin. My clothes (and some cat hair) are adhering to it. I don't know what to use to take it off.

Overall though, it's just nice to start to really feel human again!

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CHRISTINE:] 4/26/2009 9:49PM

    I totally understand about the gas bubbles! I had those this time and I thought that pain was worse than the actual incisions. I don't have any stitches, only one steristrip over each incision, but my belly button is starting to itch like crazy!
Thanks for sharing all of your experiences- it reminds me that I am not the only one going through this.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 4/22/2009 8:50PM

    I remember having the steristrips that held my hip incision together. That seemed scarey when you had a major bone replaced!! I also remember having all the sticky from bandages and tape all over me. It seemed like I was trying to get it off for a long time after my surgery. I remember an aide trying to take a bandage or tape off the back of my leg....he pulled and I screamed it hurt so bad that I had him stop...he wasn't very gentle!!! Never saw him after that!!!

Surgery is just not fun!! Glad you are feeling better!!

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    I am so glad you are starting to feel better!
You are absolutely right to keep resting. R & R is exactly what you need!
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ETTEZEUS 4/17/2009 12:11PM

    I HATE those gas pockets! I know how much they can bring a person to tears. I've only experienced a couple really bad ones and hope never to again!!

I'm happy to hear you have some pep in your step again!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 4/17/2009 11:25AM

    Thanks, I'll try that!

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MICTAMALI 4/17/2009 11:20AM

    Try using baby oil to remove the sticky stuff.

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