1 April 2011

Letting It All Sink In

This morning I had my two week post-op appointment. I was so nervous, as I usually am, but I was also excited to finally speak directly with my doctor!

She sat L and I down, and we discussed the surgery. She showed us before and after pictures of my uterus, and all I can say is, WOW. She cleaned house, and oh boy, did I have a messy house down there!

First, she shared pictures of my uterine polyps. I had a ton of them! Those little shitheads are likely the reason there was very little chance I could've ever gotten pregnant pre-surgery. Polyps like to hang out and make it nearly impossible for an embryo to implant. So glad they're gone...for now. Of course, they can grow back. Boo to that.

Next, she showed me the endometriosis. My endometriosis was so ugly. Usually it looks like patches of discolored stickiness. Of course mine looked unusually odd, and almost bubbly. Most of it was found in the back of my uterus. Strangely, the front of my uterus was clean. Woo hoo!

I had two endometriomas (chocolate cysts). Endometriomas are blood filled cysts on your ovaries. I had one cyst on each ovary. They looked huge in the pictures, but apparently, they were pretty "normal" in size. My doctor got rid of one cyst completely. The other she wasn't able to completely zap, so she did the best she could. She tried to clean it out so that hopefully it won't grow back.

Either way, endometriomas can grow back, as can endometriosis. Apparently, my vagina keeps itself quite busy! (cue tasteless jokes)

After scary show and tell, my doctor checked my incisions, which she said are healing quite well. I told her (sorry TMI) I had some brown discharge which she said was completely normal. My body is still healing itself.

Then we got to the nitty gritty. Where to go from here? My doctor is advocating that I stay on birth control for the next two months. After that, it's serious Baby Mambo time.

We can try for a baby in TWO months!!!!

I am so, so excited, happy, and scared. At first, I thought I should hold back and not say anything so I don't jinx it. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I spend a lot of time wallowing over bad news. I'm glad to have some good news and something to look forward to for once!

No promises over whether we will get pregnant, but I am hopeful. If it doesn't happen naturally after three or four months, we will have to re-adjust our plan at that time.

My doc is in the process of confirming this plan with a fertility specialist colleague. Hopefully, her colleague will agree. We'll find out in a bit.

I am so thankful for this experience, my doctor, and INSURANCE. A bill arrived yesterday in the amount of $49,500.

You must be out yo' freakin' mind, people!

Anyway, have a great weekend, everyone! Enjoy yourselves.

24 comments:

  1. So happy for you Carly! It all sounded a little gross (ha), but I'm so glad they were able to clean you up in there is give hope for the future!

    have a great weekend xo.

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  2. I'm so glad that everything went well, Carly! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you guys :)

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  3. Love the happy news on a Friday. Congrats!! We're rootin' for ya!

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  4. that's great news! so happy for you!

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  5. Hooray! I also love how doctors give you pictures of your insides, when I had my tonsils out they gave me a polaroid of them. I was like thanks but you can keep it I am not framing it or anything!

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  6. Yay! I'm so glad you got your answers and things are looking really positive for you! (PS I also had bubbly looking endo in places too. Pretty creepy looking haha!) I'm really happy for you and looking forward to all the amazing things that are in store for you in the coming days, weeks and months! :)

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  7. Yay! Really happy for you and praying that in two months everything will go to plan :) And yay for insurance!

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  8. I'm so glad that everything went well!!

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  9. Yay! What a great post! I'm so glad you are healing and everything is moving forward and yay for two months!!!! :)

    And HOLY COW did I get a deal on my surgery....GAH!

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  10. So glad that the surgery went well and that you guys are well on your way to a successful and healthy pregnancy! Continuing to keep you in my prayers!

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  11. That is so fabulous! I am so happy that everything went well. Good luck on baby making mojo!!

    Just a question [in case you are ever searching for a topic post-or maybe I've missed the post from the past?!]: did you always know you wanted to be a mother?! What made you decide?! When did you know?!

    Have a great weekend!

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  12. I'm so glad to hear that everything went well!! And holy crap...almost $50k? Geez...thank God for insurance!!

    Are you starting a count down for baby mambo? LOL

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  13. Even WITH great insurance, I'm STILL paying off my medical bills from surgery last July! Let me know if you need any help decyphering it. That's my business. Being a coder saves me a A LOT of money. Even GREAT doctors (which it sounds like yours is) don't necessarily understand their billing!

    (PS - yeah - don't worry about the "discharge" I had it for about 2 weeks post op. It's basically clotting being passed. Your hoo-ha was not designed to be camera friendly!)

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  14. omg! i had the same uterine problems too! i recently had surgery to remove my endometrial polyps,how ever i still have a 3cm cyst in one of my ovaries...the doctor said is harmless ! way to go! its great to know there is someone out there with a shared gynecological problem.

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  15. i did not experience any bleeding or spotting post op,as expected,i just had slight abdominal pain..every now and then and a brownish discharge for three days.

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  16. What wonderful news! I'm glad there's been such positive progress for yuou!

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  17. Great news Carly!! I'm so glad you're sharing your experience with us.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend. :)

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  18. YAYYY for happy news, I am so excited for you and your hubby!!!!! Thank you for sharing your story. Through you and Layla, I've learned so much about this and have told so many of my female friends. Spreading awareness... good luck!!!!!!

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  19. carly, I am SO SO SO happy for you guys! I hope everything goes super smoothly when the time comes. Fingers crossed for you!

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  20. So super excited for you and L! I wish you the best have no doubts that you and L will be awesome parents when the time comes. 2 months!!

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  21. What happy news! I'm glad things are working out & I'm sure the next 2 months will be over in no time!!!

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  22. @Yankee: Thank you! I think I'll write a blog post about that now. I can't believe I have never discussed that! :)

    @J. Darling: Thank you so much for the offer! I might have to take you up on that. We don't have a final bill yet.

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