Monday, April 19, 2010


So my laproscopy surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th. I've been doing online research to try and understand what it will be like. I found this site that was pretty helpful.  I'm nervous about the nausea after surgery. I haven't gotten sick after surgery before, but this one seems slightly more invasive.

I'm hoping they don't find anything in there that needs to be removed. In and Out! I'm worried about adhesions, infection, nausea and vomiting. I'm worried they will find things that need to be cut away and my recovery will take longer. Lots of worries.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Laproscopy, Counseling and Invitrofertizlization, Oh My!

With the start of monthly cycle, I will call the fertility clinic with my Day One. 7 to 10 days later, I will have laproscopic surgery to check for endometriosis. Then we begin the process of invitrofertilization. "Process" is a great word for it actually.

I have an information packet which includes information on:

Financial considerations
Preadmission testing
Initiation of IVF cycle
Folic Acid/Prenatal viamins
IVF Monitoring Month
Medications used in an IVF cycle
Retrieval instructions and information (when they retrieve your eggs)
Additional IVF information (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection or ICSI, Assisted Hatching or AH, Cryopreservation, and Preimplantation genetic diagnosis or PGD)
Quick checklist for IVF cycle

Lots of things to consider.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Magical Cyst

The magical cyst appears and disappears with the cycle of a period. They found this one on Good Friday. I got in for an ultrasound and on Monday I had my results. Presto, change-o. 2cm cyst on my left ovary. The pain has dissapated with the continuation of my cycle. Laproscopy looms in my future as party of the infertility diagnosis and treatment process. Maybe the cyst will make an appearance at the time of my surgery and they can remove it. Hear's hoping for a swift sure surgery and recovery.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Complete Ultrasound

Tonight at 7:15 pm I have another complete ultrasound. A little over a year ago I experienced a sharp pain in the lower left quadrant of my abdomen that waxed and waned. It did not happen every month. I had a complete ultrasound and a CT scan that found nothing but a slightly sagging bladder. Like the poltergeist, it's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

I went back to the doc this week and she gave me an open script for another ultrasound that I could use when the pain came back. I made my appt. at Grandview Hospital for tonight. I really hope they do find something so that they can tell me if this freaking pain is an ovarian cyst, or a couple of ovarian cysts or whatever. I HATE not knowing what's causing it and making up all kinds of horrible thoughts in my head. Endometriosis? Diverticulitis? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Frustrated and tense. Catching myself getting an attitude with my husband. Regrets, worries, frustrations.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Decisions Decisions

Hubby and I had a nice long walk at Peace Valley Park after a shortened canoe outing on Lake Galena. We got a used canoe from someone and decided to give it a trial run. That thing was not seaworthy, or even lakeworthy, threatening to dump us into the drink. Needless to say, we kept close to shore and made that "maiden" voyage short and sweet.

After an early picnic lunch (made that much earlier by a tippy canoe), we went on a walk around the nature trails and found a place to park it at a picnic table to chat about the realm of invitrofertilization. We sifted through the information packet and pondered our familial future. What to do?

My husband graciously agreed to give me all the required shots, and to wake up in the AM to administer them without my nagging him to do so. We discussed the emotional upheaval that hormone shots bring, and the potential disappointments of failed attempts. We discussed the possibility of multiple births, and of the increased chance of miscarriage.

I want our family. Insurance will pay for most of our expenses associated with invitro. I want to try so that I don't ever have to think "what if?".  The plan is to call the fertility place with my Day One so that they can schedule the laproscopy to check for endometriosis. I will be giving them permission to clear it away if they find any when they are in there.

I hope that God will bless our efforts and that he is guiding these decisions.