Waiting on Baby | Update 2The Newlywed Notebook

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July 2015

Waiting on Baby | Update 2

Written by Lindsay Ropella

I know I just recently did a fertility update, but a lot has happened since that post and I feel like since we are at a point where we finally have some answers, another update is probably appropriate. If you aren’t into these posts I COMPLETELY understand and am in no way offended if you decide to just pass on this week’s post. However, I know there are also a good number of you who either have gone through this, are currently going through it, or are just awesomely supportive of Eric and I and want to keep tabs on how things are going.
Here is the most recent update in our newlywed fertility saga. Hear how my most recent doctor's appointment went, and see what answers we finally received!
I will try to keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to share the big revelations we’ve received lately in the fertility department. So, a few weeks ago I went in for a big ultrasound appointment where they did an in-depth look and completed a few tests in order to try and figure out what is really going on. And let me tell ya, they found a lot. My poor doctor has some work cut out for him, that’s for sure.

Our appointment started with the ultrasound tech taking a bunch of different photos for Dr. K to review. After the first half of the appointment, my doctor came in to do some testing and take a look at what the tech had found. Unfortunately (or fortunately I guess…answers are better than no answers, right?) Dr. K was able to easily confirm that I do have endometriosis all over both sides of my body. In fact, he’s pretty convinced that at this point it has also spread into my body and is growing around certain organs, which is pretty typical of more advanced endo. However without going into all the details, it was decided that I will need another specialist brought in for my surgery to address some possible extra complications this spread of endo may have caused. *Insert thumbs down here.

Next my doctor went on to explain to me what the big black blob on the ultrasound screen was that I had kept seeing. As the tech was doing the ultrasound, I had a feeling it wasn’t a good thing, and when my doctor came in he was able to confirm that it was an adenomyoma. You can google it if you’d like, but basically it’s a tumor made up of a bunch of specific kinds of cells. To me, it sounds scarier than it really is. It’s not a big deal medically, but it’s a big part of why I’ve been in a lot of pain and definitely needs to be removed.

So in addition to some of the other smaller issues I’m dealing with that we are currently working to correct through medications, those were the two big things that were discovered and need to be addressed during my surgery…or so I thought.

The next day I got a call I wasn’t expecting from my doctor’s office. As it turns out, Dr. K had studied my ultrasound photos more in depth that morning and had also discovered that there is a third issue we will be battling….polycystic ovaries – two of ’em to be exact.

Honestly? This is the one I took the hardest. I’m generally not a fan of medications (I will take them if I really need them, but will try all other solutions first) and was so pleased that the other two issues discovered the previous day could both be dealt with by surgery alone. This polycystic ovaries diagnosis meant more medication – and one that frankly is a bit scary to me.

I know it will all work out in the end and truly believe that God’s plan for my life is better than anything I could ever plan, but that still doesn’t mean I took this news skipping and singing. I’m working hard at remaining positive and hopeful, but some days I definitely do better at it than others. It’s funny how dealing with something like this can really open your eyes and make you so much more grateful for all the awesome things you do have. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I think at the end of it all I’m going to be very grateful for this season of life, the trials we faced and hills we had to climb, as I think it will only bring Eric and I closer to each other and closer to God. But right now I’m just ready to move forward and get this surgery behind me! Let’s just say I’m not a huge fan of needles…

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  • Paige Gunter

    Lindsay, I just wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers. I can only imagine how hard all of this has been on you both, but I agree with you. When it is all said done I know it will have made you stronger and built an even stronger bond between both you and Eric and God. Please keep us posted! As for needles- yeah, I hate those too. Someone really needs to think of a new way there lol. ;)

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks so much, Paige. Yes, it will definitely all be worth it but I’m not so good at the waiting and all the doctoring! ;)

  • Sarah K.

    Right with you, every step of the way. In faith and TRUST….and knowing how amazing you and Eric will be as parents. So thankful for Dr. K and his expertise so he can help restore your health…..and lead you to the next steps!!! Love you BIG time!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thank you so much for all your continued love and support! We love you!! xo

  • courtney jones

    I know all this is hard to take in but at least you have some answers and can start treatment for said issues. All of it will be worth it in the end when you have a baby in your arms. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers right now! I hope the surgery goes well for you.

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Yes, that is so true, Courtney. Answers are totally better than not knowing in my book! Now I’m just getting anxious to attack it all head on and start seeing some results! Thanks so much for the support girl!

  • Erika Newlyweds

    I am so so sorry that you have to go through this. I can only imagine the frustration and pain that must accompany this news and your journey. I pray that it will all pay off in the end for you and Eric. Hugs

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks so much, Erika. We will get through it, but you’re totally right it’s not always easy to deal with. Just trying to keep pushing forward and seeing where God takes up from here! We so appreciate your prayers and thoughts! xoxo

  • Elyse Murray

    You are going through a LOT but I always try and remember that the hardest trials make the sweetest rewards. You will get through this, that I know!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks Elyse, so are so sweet. Yes that is so so true, I need to get that painted on our wall or something!! :)

  • Becca Dorr

    Thinking of you guys, Lindsay! I’m glad that you’re finding out some answers, and I hope you’re finding some comfort in this and that there are solutions to all these issues! And if you ever want to talk about this stuff, I’m around.

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks, Becca! Me too – it’s nice to have answers..even though I’m a bit nervous about what needs to be done to remedy them. Thinking about you guys a lot too. And thank you so much, I definitely will and really appreciate that! xo

      • Becca Dorr

        I’m for real, though! Google chat, Facebook, text, whatever! I’m down.

        • Lindsay Ropella

          You rock, thank you! I will!!

  • Katelyn Fish

    Love you for sharing your story. I know it can be scary, but trust in God’s plan and now you have answers :) Stay positive and you are on the right track :) It will ALL workout in the end.

    • Lindsay Ropella

      It’s kind of therapeutic for me to share it, I think. Working to stay positive and just focus on the here and now. :) Thank you so much for your support, friend. :)

  • Lin

    Lindsay, I know you stopped this blog a year ago, so I don’t know if you will read this, however, I wanted to share some hope with you. I had endometriosis and PCOS and ultimately was able to conceive. I did have surgery for the endo. I completely understand your concerns about PCOS! It’s a life long condition. I wish you the best and pray that you are able to conceive or adopt, or come to terms with whatever the outcome. God bless you and your husband!