Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Endometriosis Update

 I wrote here about the silent suffering I've been going through. I try to not let it get me down, but this last Friday aka Halloween, it was bad. People at work told me that I should put some pep in my step. But I just didn't have any to give. Thankfully, I made it through the day.

On Thursday, I went to the see the specialist in his swanky Dallas office. After a consultation and exam, it's been decided that I will once again have a laparoscopy and hysterecopy. December's surgery will make the fourth one that I have had in the last six years. In fact, it'll be the seventh surgery since 2007, the 6th abdominal surgery. Michael jokes around that I have few organs left that can be removed.

Dr. Putman believes it's time for a clean up, and I also have a cyst the size of a tennis ball in my left ovary. Between now and December it will either grow or burst. It's causing a portion of my discomfort (which is rendering me bedridden and loopy, not the meds). If it's still there, he'll drain it, but I'll know before the surgery if it ruptures. If it does you find me crying and clutching the heating pad. 

                               


I had to call Friday to schedule the surgery, and was able to do it for a time that will minimize the amount of time I'm off work. It's going to be on December 16th. I'll miss 3 1/2 days of work, plus have the 2 weeks of Christmas vacation to recover. I'll have to get most of my holiday shopping and decorating done early this year.

I am a little defeated about this one--typically I have between 20-24 months between surgeries from my endometriosis/adhesions. First was in December 2008, then September 2010 (21 months), June 2013 (33 months), and now December 2014 (18 months). Dr. Putman did say it's usually 18-22 months between these things, and I'll be right at 18 months... Almost to the day.

The other discouraging piece of information was Dr. Putman telling me that we need to start saving up for fertility treatments (which my health insurance will not cover). I'm vaguely aware how much these things cost, and oh my word.

If you've undergone fertility treatment (and were either successful or unsuccessful) how did you pay for it? Did it require turning tricks? A second mortgage? Leave a comment and let me know! I'm very curious!


AmateurNester

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday.... Halloween Costume Revealed

Our Halloween Costumes arrived today. There was much squealing and excitement. Enjoy!






The "rufferee" and the pink and white Rangers are looking forward to dressing up this year!

This weeks Wordless Wednesday is taking part in two blog link up parties. If you have a moment, please check out the links and the other bloggers!


The Jenny Evolution




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Silent-ish Suffering

I am usually a slight sufferer of invisible pain.

Invisible pain that makes me think that people think I am faking it or melodramatic. But it's real, and it's intense.

TLC Televised Weddings... And a remembered one too!

Swoon

I love weddings. I haven't been to very many, but I adore them. The apparent love, the vows made in the eye of God, the congregation of family and friends, and of course, the cake!

Last Tuesday was the broadcast of the Duggar-Dillard wedding. The wedding was gorgeous, very vintage shabby chic. It was great to know that Derick's mother was able to be there for the wedding. And Derick and Jill make precious, Godly couple. You can tell their love is genuine. I've been watching the Duggars since they had 14 children and only an hour special on TLC/Discovery Health. Jessa and Ben Seewald were married today--I can't wait to see this wedding unfold on the Duggar's next season!

Their newlywed marriage makes me think about my marriage and wedding to Michael. Most days we are completely ridiculous, finishing each other's sentences, and wishing there was a way we could unzip each other's skin and crawl in (promise we aren't being creepy, we just really really like each other... Like a lot). 

In honor of the Duggar wedding I've already watched and the one that happened today,I am going to share some pictures of Michael's and my wedding. 




My favorite things about our wedding the celebration of the joining of our two families, the hilarious unity sand celebration, and the wonderful ceremony/first dance.

What is your favorite thing about weddings? Leave me a comment below! I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's happening...

Yesterday, Krystal and I went and had sushi and then to Spirit Halloween Store so she could pick up a costume for Storybook character day at her campus. I saw the PERFECT Halloween costume, except it was $50... And not anywhere near my size. I was upset, but I resolved to come up with a solution. I had gotten as far as a plan that included an oversized shirt, leggings, and puffy paint. 

So I turned to the internet which seemed like it was going to be a bust. But then I went to Hot Topic's website. I knew this was going to have one or two outcomes--either I was going to be crying from happiness or from hopelessness (thanks hormones!!!) but I persisted. After being slightly delayed by TARDIS slip on shoes (think TOMS), I found what I was looking for. And in my size! I couldn't believe it. And then, as I was caught up in my frenzy, trying to frantically order this because WHAT IF THEY RUN OUT OF MY SIZE?!, Michael walked in to check on me. I showed him what I was ordering, and he innocently asked me "Does this mean that I have to be insert character name to your insert character name

And then I died. Not really, but I did burst into tears out of happiness. And then there were tears, hugs, more tears, and snot.

So I added Michael's costume to my cart. When I tried to check out, the Hot Topic website failed me. I couldn't get the website to load on my iDevice. I moved on to the living room, switched to a computer, wrestled with the website accepting gift cards (which it wouldn't), and finally got PayPal to go through.

But finally I got my confirmation page, which the guarantee that I will have my order in time for Halloween. And I am beyond excited. In fact, I don't think I have been this excited about a Halloween costume since around the third grade. Incidently, I went as the same thing that year as I am going to be this year. I'm even more excited to be able to go dig out the accessories from the original costume (yes, I still have them, no judgements please!)--it's going to be perfect!!

If you didn't know me back then or if your memory sucks, I'll leave you with this clue. Once I receive my package, I'll reveal it.