Recovery, Treatment and everything in between (warning guys: contains intimate discussion of female

Thursday, February 11, 2010

OK, Surgery. Went well. I guess. I hate having surgery, but then who does? (you said yes, please seek professional help) Alright, back to my surgery. Well, doctor reports to hubby right afterward, I get this translation: She said that she took care of everything and it went well". What does that mean? I wait a week, go back to see the doc and she shows me pictures of my fallopian tubes, my ovaries.. you get the picture. She says look here on the left, see those spots, that's the endometriosis, not much there, took care of all of that. Then I see the right side......yeah. That's where most of the little red spots were. No wonder 90% of my pain was on the right side. To this she tells me there was too much to cauterize. Yes, by this time, I'm shocked, what happened to Hubby's version of she took care of it all, and it's all done and fine??? (His defense later was, I said that she did what she could do when she was in there and it all went fine.) OK, move on to the pictures of my inside of my uterus. The ablation went well, lining all gone, no heavy periods for a while, if any. I can live with that, but what about the little spots that are still there??? Doc goes on to next page of pics, but can't find the one she wants to find. She is concerned with how my uterus looked when she applied pressure. Forgive me for not remembering the name she used for it (I'm still a bit flustered by the little red spots I still have inside me), but there is a condition in which the muscles of the uterus retain blood and that can cause lots of pain also. To put an absoulutely wonderful ending to this doctor visit, she removes my stitches, which I was told would dissolve in a few weeks. She sees no reason not to remove them, except they have grown into my skin just a bit. Ouch! the one at my pantie line she was able to get loose and pull out. The one in my belly button is another story, in fact, to this day, I still have a bit of "dissolving stitches" sticking out of my belly button. I need to show that to her next week when I am there.

So by now, you have moved on to a more exciting blog, or you're wondering what happens now? Well, on a side note, that doctor's appt. was on Dec. 23rd. I woke up Dec. 26th with a nice case of bronchitis which hung out with me well into the new year. Hurray! (note the sarcasm that just doesn't come out on the written page so well) Options now for those little red spots and now a possible blood retention in my uterus muscles? They call is Lupron. I get a shot in the rump once a month for 6 months, it causes me to go through menopause..... sorta. Sorta how? well, I will stop having periods, possibly suffer bone loss, have hot flashes, night sweats and all the other lovely symptoms that can come with menopause. Only difference is that 2 months after treatment ends, periods return, everything back to normal with the exception of the little red spots and the possible blood retention.

Now it's February and the only good thing to say is that due to the ablation and D&C while I was out and she happened to be playing around with my female organs, I haven't had a period since the week before my surgery, and I started the shots last month, so I don't think I'll be having another one for several months (yay for no periods at all this summer). So now, I wait to see if this works.

But what if it doesn't? (are you asking that question yet?) If things go back to the way the were pre-surgery, I go in to have the uterus removed. That's last resort for endomtriosis. I almost wish they would have just removed it instead of cutting my tubes 14 years ago.... sheesh, if I'd known the problems that organ was to cause me.... *slap's forehead*.

Since then I've had to get better from the surgery, deal with constant coughing for over a month, a sick son for about a week, and now the viral infection that sent me to the E.R. on Tuesday night during the big snow storm... well it was almost over by then.

I am still struggling to be motivated to get up and move around, although eating right and drinking my water are not an issue. I seem to be stuck with my weight loss. I do think that coming back to this website is keeping me at least pointed in the right direction, but I really just want to feel good for a while. I hate being sick, but it seems to be all I can seem to do right lately. Enough with the pity party, hopefully this snow will hurry up and melt, spring will come and I can get out and walk some more. I do at least do that once a week, if the temps stay warm enough that I don't get frost bite, that is.

Keep praying for me. I'll keep it up for you all. I think I've put all the words down that I can for now. (I'm not so good at this blogging thing.... but check out the adorable pics my sis posted on her blog =P.... gotta be proud of the gorgeous nephew) I also apologize for not posting an update sooner, just feeling down and wasn't sure everyone wanted to read about it.
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    I found i have endiometreiosis in march 2009. I had surgry, then april i got pregnant with my last child. So i had alot of pain for the frist three months. I am on birth control now. Doctors say it will control it. But i think it's back. And if i have to have another surgy (although i am only 26) they just can take it all. I don't want anymore kids. LOL. I hope you start to feel better.
    2889 days ago
    UGH! Sometimes being a woman is such a pain. I'm glad to see you haven't lost your sarcastic sense of humor about it. I'm sure that your body will figure out it's new "norm" soon. I'll be keeping you in my prayers.

    As far as the weight loss--this is all just a part of the journey. You could just throw in the towel and eat bon bons and watch tv all day. Or, you can do the best you can do right now-with what your body can do right now. I walk at the mall when I can, but like you, I can't wait to be able to walk outside! I am learning that my weight loss is just gonna be at a stall for the winter. I'm okay with it, for now. Maybe next winter, I won't be and I'll break down and join a gym. We'll see.

    Keep up the good work and the good healing. Hugs, Jenn
    3049 days ago
    Great blog, glad to see you putting your thoughts out there to be read. It really helps. I have said many times maybe I should just have all my parts removed. LOL So I know what you mean there.
    I'm sure everything will work out and yay to no period even if it is temporary.

    Thanks for the plug about my blog, Matt was so cute. I had to get some pics.
    3049 days ago
    I am praying that you get through this quickly and in good shape. Good luck and feel well.
    3050 days ago
    Get better soon. I never had any of the symptoms that goes with the menopause until I was put on a low dose of HRT for keeping away any of the breast cancer cells. See what happens when I come of the treatment in 2 1/2 years.
    3050 days ago
    Keeping you in thought....that's rough, the Endo thing...I had it wrapped around my Appendicts...that hurt!

    The sort-of Menopause thing is WONDERFUL (unless you're wanting kids)...I'm in it for almost 4 yrs and LOVE IT...even the night sweats..saves on heat at night! LOL..

    Take care and do take care of yourself..
    3050 days ago
    Hon, I am sorry that you are having to go through all of this. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in hopes that you will soon be feeling better. Take care of yourself!
    3050 days ago
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