one week ago, I was in surgery. one week ago I had a cantalope sized cyst removed from my right ovary, and had endometriosis lasered for the second time in a year.
I can remember talking to Dr. A prior to going into the OR. I wish S had been able to go in there with me because I don’t completely remember everything that was said. I know I asked about how long I should expect to be on lupron following the surgery. He told me anywhere from 3 to 6 months, but that length of time would be dependant on what he found once he was able to look inside.
Those two minutes between sitting yourself on the operating table and the anesthetic kicking in are surreal. I felt very nervous all of a sudden, I felt like I didn’t get a chance to talk to S about what I talked to the doctor about. I felt like I was rushed in there before I was ready.
It’s an odd feeling, climbing up onto a table that you’re know is about to be your home while they poke around inside you. Looking around the room, seeing about 10 people who are responsible in some way about your care is a bit unnerving.
I can remember, in the moment before the anesthetic took hold, being really uncomfortable knowing that once I was out, I would be stripped, cut open, blown up like a balloon, lasered, stitched and wrapped up like nothing happened. I can remember feeling anxious, thinking how crazy it was that I was given ativan to relax me before a dental procedure, but I was expected to walk into the OR like nothing was bothering me.
When I came to, I was shaking uncontrollably, yet I couldn’t move. I was wrapped in blankets, but the involuntary movement was causing excruciating pain in my shoulder, thanks to the CO2 they blew me up with. They say I was in recovery for an hour and a half, but being in and out of consiousness made it feel like it was about 4 minutes. My eyes were blurry, and when I rubbed them I was told they had to put something in them to keep them from drying out during surgery. Yet another tidbit that just made me feel uneasy about the whole procedure. All I could picture was me laying there, stripped, eyes wide, unconsious, inflated. I’m shuddering just thinking about it.
Once I was able to maintain consiousness, the doctor came in to talk to me about how it went. I remember asking if he weighed the cyst when he took it out, but he didn’t (now that I’m not swollen anymore, turns out I’m down 2.8 pounds!). The nurses went to get S and I can remember my heart feeling so good just seeing his smiling face. SO the doctor gave us a run down – huge cyst, endometrioma attached on the right side, emdometrioma on the left side, endo adhesions causing my uterus to be tilted. Endometriomas automatically mean it’s stage IV, but based on the severity (or lack of) I am on the low end, which means he’s comfortable with just three months of lupron therapy. Awesome, awesome news!
My first lupron injection is on Tuesday, September 3rd, my last will be November 3rd (or therabouts), and my period should return sometime after December 3rd. This is one thing I’m concerned about – I’ve read conflicting information. Some people say they got their period right away after the lupron wore off, some say it took months for it to come back, so that’s going to be a wait and see. I hope it comes right back, but knowing us and all of our setbacks, it won’t. Not much we can do about it, so not much point in worrying about it.
So best case scenario, we’re looking at the same timeline as a last year. I’m a little miffed that we lost another entire year, but… what can you do?
Recovery has been more difficult this time than last. I have two insicisons, one at either ovary, and they have proven more uncomfortable than my one incision right at my pubic region. Movement is still somewhat difficult and I’m still feeling sore.
I have never seen my body so misshapen and swollen, it was kind of a scary sight the day of and the day following surgery. It was pretty easy to tell that most of the “work” was done on the right side because it was significantly more swollen and protruded.
I’m mostly back to normal now. Down almost three pounds which means I’m at my lowest weight in probably 8 years. I was working out quite a bit prior to surgery, so I was doing well regardless, but this is easily worth a month of working out! I’m anxious to get back to the gym and get into the best shape possible before we go forward with IVF. I don’t want my health hanging over my head, offering one more obstacle on our already bumpy road.
I feel more hope now than I have in, well, a year. I’m feeling so strongly that this is it. Yes, we have more waiting for it, but it’s going to be worth the wait.