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.
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!
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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