Sunday, May 17, 2009

another visit with dr. o

Completely medical post--- feel free to skip it as it might not be that interesting!!

Two weeks ago, Mr. Perfect and I had our follow up appointment for my surgery on the 24th of April. I had a HORRIBLE time recovering from surgery so I had a bunch of questions. We got there and Dr. O took a quick look at my incisions (which have healed up wonderfully) and did a quick pelvic exam. Everything healed up great. Which I had no doubts of because my doc is awesome.

We then went and sat down in the office to talk some things over. Dr. O told us that he was very pleased with how things went. He believes they got as much of the septum as they could have gotten. Very happy about that. As for the endometriosis they found while inside. Basically there are about 4 stages of endometriosis. Level 1 being the least serious, Level 4 being the most. I had Level 1 endo on my left ovary and the back of my abdominal cavity and Level 2 endo on the front of my abdominal cavity. Dr. O does not believe that the endometriosis that I have is causing infertility as it does in so many women. He does think it's more of a "sister symptom" to everything else I have going on. So basically, we are going to consider it "taken care of" by the surgery in which they lasered it all off. There's always the chance that this could come back someday, in which case we'll deal with it then.

As for how sick I was following surgery. I was miserable for a week after the procedure. Sure my ab muscles hurt, but that wasn't even the main problem. I would have sworn I had vertigo I was so nauseous and dizzy. I couldn't even get my eyes to focus in my head for days. I have been on medication for a while now that pumps me full of magnesium and Dr. O believes that coming off that supplement sent me into withdrawals and that's where the sickness came from. Sure enough, when I started the meds back up, I felt 100% better almost immediately.

So. Our new plan. I'm back on all the medication I was on before surgery, and we've added one new one. Since Dr. O still believes my main problem is a lack of blood flow to the uterus caused by unhealthy blood vessels, we're going to try a medication that will "trick" my unhealthy blood vessels into becoming healthy, dilated vessels. The medication I'm now on is actually prescribed to older (usually) patients that have problems with blood clots. I had to have a liver function lab run to make sure my liver was healthy enough for the medication (it was) and I started the medication that Tuesday. Not too many problems with it other than (TMI ALERT!) it does make my stomach hurt (almost constantly) and it does seem to be increasing my blood flow (ahem....). Increased blood flow on a girl that falls down a lot is actually not a great thing... Oh well.

Last but not least. We're going to give my body (uterus) 2 cycles to get back to what the doctor considers "healthy". That's my May cycle and June cycle. After I get my period in June, we will be doing a monitored cycle where we will go in for ultrasounds and such to make sure I'm ovulating correctly. If I'm not, or even possibly if I am, we may start with a fertility drug (ie: Clomid or something along those lines) at that time. Once I get my period in July, we will officially be able to start trying to get pregnant. Wow. Only a couple more months!!

That fact terrifies me. I can't stop thinking about the "what ifs". Such as, what if all this still doesn't work? Having a specific date in mind to start trying again terrifies me. I honestly don't know how I will handle another go round of all this.

Keep us in your prayers.. There's some big things coming up for the Imperfect household soon....

PS- Kudos to you if you actually read all this =)

15 comments:

jlc said...

Oh my gosh my prayers are with you both as I read the whole thing.


Glad it's levels 1 and 2 that you are dealing with and not 4. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!! You are such a strong and amazing woman and I know that God has a beautiful plan for both of you!


And yay July!!!!! :D

MissJody said...

I'm happy to hear that your feeling better and YET!! A lil' closer to be able to get pregnant! Yeah-er! What a great feeling!
I'm bery happy for you and Mr. Perfect!! :)

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

Thank you for being so honest and sharing all of this. I'll be praying for both of you as you go through all of this. I hope that after everything is finished and you begin trying for a baby that things go perfectly!

Mike and Molly Spivey said...

Yay! I get the Kudos for reading it all!
We will be praying about you guy!!!

Preppy 101 said...

Hoping and praying for y'all that it works just like "clockwork".

Mrs. Newlywed said...

I am glad you wrote this!

I am having a laporotomy [the incision endo surgery] in July, and I am as nervous as can be. I am actually having my HSG tomorrow afternoon along with an MRI to try to unblock my tubes.

I am hoping the HSG does what it needs to do, and I can get the incision surgery "reduced" to a laproscopy surgery.

My spelling in this is awful...

Lara said...

You must be going through quit a lot of stress at the moment with all of this going on.

I'm glad it looks like it's working itself out, and so excited for you to be able to start trying for a baby.

I wish you all the luck in the world, and hope you're blessed very soon :)

Shaina said...

I am definitely keeping you in my thoughts! I know I've commented before about my issues with endo and my surgery I had...and how I could definitely sympathize with you over your post-surgery pain/discomfort. I am hoping that these new meds will help smooth everything over for you, and I am hoping all goes well on the pregnancy front! I constantly worry about "waiting too long" to get pregnant because of my endo issues...I am convinced already that I will have all sorts of problems/issues. Sigh. Please keep us posted, and thanks for sharing. :)

Saskia said...

I'm thinking of you megs... what a trial you're going through at the moment. I'm glad you're feeling better though and I pray that everything goes to plan!

Saskia x

Newlywed Next Door said...

Praying for you! That is good that it doesn't seem too too serious, but scary/horrible none-the-less.

Lindsey said...

Oh sweet friend, praying for you!!!

Megan said...

Wow! I am so sorry you had such a hard time with the surgery, but I am glad that they were able to go in and get it all lasered out. Thanks for sharing this, I will be praying for you! And as hard as it may be, try not to worry about the what if's!

Jen said...

Oof. What a lot of stuff. :( So sorry you've had to deal with all this, but happy that you seem to be closing in on some answers!

My name is Megan... said...

this sounds like great news!!! I'm glad you are feeling better! I still feel like I was a bigger wimp than you...I was on no meds!! yay, only a few months! I'm praying for you guys!!! (and that maybe we can be prego at the same time!! :)

Sara said...

I'm so behind. Glad to hear everything went well and you are feeling better. My prayers are with you.

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