Tuesday, December 29, 2009

CD 1...Cycle 27

Yesterday was CD 1, after a tiny bit of pink on Sunday night.  I had a 27 day cycle, with ovulation on CD 16, but only a 11 day LP.  I'm hope that PPVI will call soon after the first of the year with the plan for probable antibiotics,  possible hydrocort (I haven't heard anything about my cortisol level...Misfit, it was just a 9am blood draw), and any other possible treatment for my uterine inflammation.  I just want to have everything in place (and hopefully at therapeutic levels) by the time my cycle after surgery starts.

My bbs hurt something serious.  I've only had pain in them for the past three or four cycles.  My incisions from surgery are doing fine.  I'm still waiting for the redness and crustiness from the allergic reaction around my belly button incision to fully heal, but the actual incision looks pretty good.

We may use days of fertility depending on how we feel, but I don't see full on Trying until after my surgery.

We had a good Christmas.  My brother and I made a whole lot of food for just 3 people, but it was really good and I have had to cook since we have so many leftovers.  I got an ice cream maker attachment for my stand blender and a mini food processor (so I don't have use and clean my big one for small amounts), and both sets of parents sent some money (which will be a big help with the whole second out-of-town surgery in three months thing).  We are going to our hometown for New Year's, which will be fun.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

My youngest brother K, who is currently a nomad since my parents moved out of the country and he's in college, is visiting us for Christmas.  We didn't travel to see D's parents (who we saw last weekend) since D had to work today and has to work Saturday.  K is helping me bake for Christmas dinner since he's a wonderful cook.

My advent secret prayer buddy was Life in Mazes (her blog is private).  My intentions for her were that she and her husband would be able to find peace and hope even while grieving the EDD of Nicky and that they would be able to feel joy and hope in their continue efforts towards TTC and adoption.  I asked for the intercession of St. Nicolas, LIM's babies in heaven Nicky and Sam.

She was also my secret prayer buddy and sent me a prayer box charm and Mary and Jesus visor clip, both of which I love.  I've got the box on my key chain right now and the visor clip is on the visor (obviously!).  She also sent me a lovely letter and a Christmas card photo of her and J.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of the Lord with their loved ones.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Break cycle

D caught the cold I had before my surgery, and I'm pretty sure I'm P+2 today. We didn't use any days of fertility since he was sick. I had serious ovary pain on Wednesday, which I'm pretty sure was peak day. I'm pretty bloated still. We are going to a wedding this weekend and I was trying on dresses, and D commented on how bloated I am and how I look pregnant in one of the dress. I'm not wearing that one, obviously since I don't want to look pregnant if I don't actually get to be pregnant. Thankfully we don't have any more weddings that I know of until about 2.5 months after my next surgery.

I'm not too concerned about a break cycle now since it's unlikely that anything will happen before I get the endo removed and the uterine inflammation treated. I have pretty much moved on to not have a chance of having a child before 2011 since we wouldn't really have a chance until my April cycle. I'm hoping that Dr. H will have some results of the cortisol b/w and the cultures from the surgery by the first of the year. I'll hopefully have some treatment started by the time my next surgery happens.

My mom is coming from Qatar for my surgery (which was moved to March 8), and she has been buying all the plane tickets and get the hotel reserved and everything. D is staying in Omaha until Friday, and my mom is flying back with me and then staying at our house through the weekend since D will be working.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Article on Chastity and Waiting

Life in Mazes shared this article with me, and I thought I'd pass it along.

I'm still doing ok after my surgery. I'm feeling pretty good except I have a rash by my incision (don't worry...I already checked with Dr. H's office and they said to just use hydrocortizone ointment on it). I went back to work yesterday. I'm trying to minimize how much I carry W, the 2 year old I take care of. I think I overdid it a bit yesterday; I got pretty tired. I think the spotting finally stopped yesterday (the good news it was red and not brown!). I've had 10YL for the last couple days, but we haven't used any days yet, maybe tonight.

I've been talking to my mom to make plans for her to come for my next surgery.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I'm doing ok. The pain isn't too bad. I've got just a bit of shoulder pain and of course abdominal pain, but the tylenol is keeping it manageable. I'm mostly over my cold, but I've still got a bit of sinus junk. When I cough or laugh, it hurts a little bit.

Ok, so the results of the surgery: I have endometrosis. I have lots of little spots on both ovaries, and some on my pelvic wall. I don't have endometrosis on my bowel, bladder or any of the other organs. Even though they were small amounts, Dr. H didn't remove them since they were lots of different spots. I would have gotten lots of adhesions most likely. I've also got signs of inflammation in my uterus. I have a cyst on one of my tubes which is weighting it down away from my ovary. My tubes look clear and the pressure was good. I've got my laparotomy scheduled for March 16, and hopefully after that, I'll be endo-free for a while, and have a possiblity of conceiving. Dr. H also wants D to get another SA done since the last one was just informal (I'm not too worried since D's last one was good). I'm getting my cortisol tested tomorrow morning. Dr. H said that after my lapartomy and if D's SA is good, we should have pretty good chances. Since my hormone levels were well above normal, Dr. H feels like they are not an issue for me.

D is taking very good care of me. He's gotten my food, helps me out of bed and has me hold onto him when we are walking outside because of the slipperiness.

When we were flying up here on Monday, we had to get on a earlier flight, otherwise would have completely missed on connection which would have left before the original flight even arrived. The weather here in Omaha has been pretty bad. It was snowing when we got in on Monday. A blizzard came in on Tuesday and it took us about an hour to get to the hospital for all the pre-op stuff. We got to the hospital yesterday with about an hour before we needed to get there. The snow stopped but it's really cold.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Tomorrow is my surgery. It took us about an hour this morning to get to the hospital for the pre-op appointment because the snow was bad and the traffic was bad. I had started drinking the water for the u/s and they told me that they needed a urine sample, so I had to start over on filling my bladder. I got to the u/s appointment and I thought my bladder would burst. The u/s tech and the fellow that was training both commented about how full it was. Thankful they did a quick transabdominal u/s and let me use the restroom before doing the much more extensive transvaginal u/s. They saw some possible endometriomas and Dr. Hil.gers mentioned that he thought there was a very good chance that I have endometriosis (which is what I expected since many people including my mom suggested it and my mom had it).

I've done the enema. It wasn't too bad, but the problem was I had to go to the bathroom right before it so I was worried that I didn't get everything, but I think it's ok. I took my shower and I'm about to get D to help me with the antimicrobial skin prep wipedown. D is supposed to be calling Sew so she can keep everyone updated. I've got to be at the hospital at 7 and surgery is starting at 8:30. We're leaving for the hospital early because of the weather, so it's time for bed. Thanks for all of your prayers.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Great timing :(

I'm getting a cold. The kids I nanny for have been sick the last few days, and I should have started Zi.cam then, but I forgot. Surgery is in 4 days. I hope I can keep from getting any worse with sinus rinsing, lots of Vitamin C, and Z.icam.

Anyone have any advice about the surgery?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CD 1...Cycle 26

Today is CD 1 (I'm pretty sure...hard to know since I've been spotting/bleeding for over a week), and my surgery is in just over a week. This time next week, we'll be in Omaha (and I'll have to give myself an enema...oh joy). I'll be on CD 9 for my surgery on December 9. My bbs are still hurting which is weird and annoying. It's weird since I've only had it the last few cycles.