Thursday, July 29, 2010

Post-Op RE Visit Review

I went yesterday for my post-op visit with the RE. Since I was feeling pretty good and having no problems, he did not do a physical exam. However, we did go over the findings, review my medical chart to date and make plans.

The findings of the D&C were not exactly what we were hoping for. While there were no cancerous cells present (thankfully), the endo.metrium did not present as expected. My RE explained that generally when he does a D&C there is a lot of tissue present when scraped (sorry to be so blunt), however, this was not the case with me. Despite the prescence of Complex Hyper.plasia, there was very little tissue scraped away. This leads him to theorize that I may be at a higher risk of developing endo.metrial cancer and we will need to be hypervigilant. Then we discussed treatment for the hyper.plasia, which I'll go over when I get to our plans.

The next part of the visit was reviewing my medical chart to date. Below is a list of the biggest ticket items:

  1. Complex Hyper.plasia - This is the biggest one for the moment. As discussed above, it is giving us some worries.
  2. Sleep Apnea - A problem, but one that is currently being taken care of with the use of a C-Pap machine and pulmonologist care.
  3. In.sulin Res.istance - Though we've known about this one for a while, when tested it seems that my IR is now worse than previously thought.
  4. Slight Thy.roid Condition - My TSH levels were all okay, but the thyroid anti-bodies were very high. This is something I will eventually go on medication for, but for now we're letting it ride a bit.
  5. Probable Blood Pressure Issues - Yup. Got to see my GP about this one and see what we can sort out. Yay - more meds! *sarcasm*
  6. Rheuma.tolgy Consult - This is another of those items that has been put on the back burner for now. I have pretty serious arthritis in my lower joints and carpal tunnel in my arms. I get gout flare ups pretty often as well. We'll look at this after we've put the hyper.plasia a little more to rest.
  7. Ann.ovulation - This is a biggie for me, but not one we'll worry about for the next three months.

Those are the things we're working against and I can't swear I haven't left anything out!

For the foreseeable future, though, our main concern is preventing the hyper.plasia from coming back/getting worse. Therefore, I have been put on a medication - Me.gace - every day for the next 3 months. This should prevent me from ovulating (as if I need help with that!) or having AF during this time period. At the end of 3 months, we'll do another Endo.metrial Bi.opsy to determine if things look okay or if my endo.metrium is once again hyper.plaisic. If things are clear, then we can move on to actual fertility treatment. But, if things still look bad, we'll have to step back and reconsider our plans to decide where to go from there.

I'm asking you all to say a little prayer for me. I really am hoping things are good when we do the second bi.opsy in a few months. In the meantime, The Hubs and I (okay, more me) are going to try to relax and try not to obsess about TTC so much, since we're in a holding pattern for now. I'm going to try to relax and focus on some other things that are going on in my life for now.

Who knows? Maybe I'll even succeed in doing that ;D

Sunday, July 25, 2010

100th Post - A New Chat Group

Hooray! This is my 100th post! I'm very excited that I've finally made it to that many posts. I actually never thought I'd get there :D

Anyway, to commemorate my 100th post - and because I was ready for a new venture that would allow more close interaction with online friends - I have created a new chat group. The group is for any women who would like a place to chat with other ladies about all sorts of things from infertility to crafts, parenting to gardening and all things in between. I hope some of you will decide to join me! I'd relish the opportunity to get to know some of you on a more one-on-one basis and also to become closer friends with you.

Click here to join the new group! I hope to see some of you there soon!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Month's Worth of Details

Alrighty then! I finallly have time to update you with the details from the last month.

I had my sleep study done and was all prepared to have the surgery on June 18th, but on the Wednesday before the surgery (June 16th), the Pulmonologist called me and said (she's a little dramatic)"I am absolutely not releasing you for surgery. I'm not going to tell you you may not wake up if they put you under anethesia. I'm going to tell you you will not wake up!" (I did warn you she was dramatic!)Apparently, I stopped breathing 63 times in a 7 hour span of time. So, needless to say, I did not have the surgery as scheduled.

Instead, I got my C-Pap machine, had a week to get used to using it, then had my titration sleep study. I am now set at my ideal 11 litres of pressure each night to make sure I breathe. Once that was all taken care of, they rescheduled my surgery for July 21st (this past Wednesday).

Surgery went well, although I'm still recuperating from the anesthesia (it really doesn't like me) and intebation. My throat is still extremely sore and my whole body is achy.

Sounds like there wasn't really much to it, but I feel like the whole time I've been rushing, rushing, rushing! In addition to the medical side of things, we finally hired someone for the new position in my department and I've been training her. Our decision came down to two people and we had a very tough time choosing between them, but we actually wound up hiring the other lady on an "as needed" basis until we are given the green light to hire another person, so it all worked out in the end. I have been busting my backside training them.

The whole last month seems like a daze. And I can't believe it's already almost August! Where has this year gone??? Anyway, so there you are, up-to-date with me now. Have a fantastic weekend darlings!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Short Hello

Sorry I've been MIA for so long! There has been so much going on over the last month, but I honestly don't have time to go into details right now. What I will tell you now is that my surgery did not happen last month as planned due to the results from my sleep study and the severity of my sleep apnea. Instead, I am headed today to have the surgery performed. Since my RE is two hours away from where we live, the surgery will also be performed in that town, so we'll very shortly be heading off. My surgery is planned for 2pm EST today, so please keep me in your thoughts! I'm off from work for the next couple of days (plus the weekend), so hopefully I'll have time to drop by and update you more thoroughly about what's been happening. Bye for now and thanks for your thoughts and prayers!