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!