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.
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…