Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ummm. . . 90%?

The dr. told me prior to the lap that I would be a 90% by Monday. Well, after a 1/2 day at work yesterday I was in most discomfort that I've been in since the surgery. Yuck. So, since we leave this Friday for vacation, I really want to make sure that I'm recovered. I called the nurse and she said there was no indication of a problem as long as I was eating, going to the bathroom and not running a fever. So - apparently I might just be a slow healer. If post surgery was the baseline for 0%, and pre-surgery is 100%, I'm currently at about 60%.

Vacation begins this Friday! My husband and I are off to Switzerland and Italy for 2 weeks! I finally bought a pair of good walking flats and a purse to carry on the trip yesterday (Vera Bradley "On the Go" bag in Raspberry Fizz) so I think I'm all set. My packing list is written and I just need to put everything together on Thursday night. This vacation is just at a perfect time between my lap and the next cycle when we can start trying - so we can just totally enjoy this vacation for what it is and not think about TTC.

When we get back I'm starting on a 12-week program from Pulling Down the Moon. I bought their "Fully Fertile" book and a DVD with yoga, breathing and relaxationg exercises. I'm really excited to get started and address and whole bunch of mind body stuff - things to open my body, relax my body and mind, and feed myself properly for this journey and beyond. I might even go start up accupuncture again, now that I do know what my physical issues are.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Long Time - New Approach

I was so frustrated after I had to deal with those cluster headaches that I just tossed in the towel for awhile. Well, in May, we hit our TTC 1 year anniversary - not something that most of us look forward to. So now I have the big red "INFERTILE" stamp on my chart at the ob/gyn. At least we were then able to get ourselves in to see the RE. Ultimately, my husband's semen analysis came back a-ok, so on to me - the RE determined pretty quickly based on my history that I was ovulating and through a quick pelvic exam, that I also had a retroflexed uterus. How come no other dr. ever told me that before?

Putting those things together - RE suggested we do a surgical procedure to check for blocked tubes and/or endometriosis - so I had the laparoscopy this past Wednesday, and guess what - not only do I have a retroflexed uterus (which unto itself does not indicate or cause infertility) but I also have stage 2 endometriosis on my bladder, both ovaries and uterus (which he zapped away with a laser), a fibroid on my uterus (which he left alone for now) and cervical stenosis - which might actually be the cause of the endo. I go back for a post-op visit this Thursday to talk about everything in more detail.

While it was a true joy to find out just how screwed up my own body is, it is a relief to find out there is a physical explination as to why we haven't conceived yet. I think now we get 3 full cycles to make it happen before pursuing further testing and options.