This time yesterday I was out of my surgery and moved into stage 2 recovery already. Stage 2 recovery is for the peeps going home that day. They plonk you in a chair and give you some food and drink and work you towards walking by yourself and getting yourself out of your fetching hospital gown and robe and into your normal person clothes.
My surgery was a laparoscopy (camera through the belly button) and a hysteroscopy (tubal flush).
The surgery itself seemed to go really well. I was in a fair bit of pain when I first came out but they dosed me up quite nicely and sent me home with some great meds. I pretty much just slept the rest of the day when I got home. Well until Monkey came home at 5:30pm anyway. I gave him dinner (which I’d precooked earlier in the week – I was SO organised) and we went to bed together. Eric came to stay the night after work so he could check on me which was nice but we were all good.
I was pretty stressed about the results this morning. I felt quite certain that they didn’t remove anything as I wasn’t in as much pain as I thought I would be. But it turns out I was wrong. I called the clinic this morning and they advised me that my left tube is convoluted AND they removed endometriosis on the right hand side.
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am which sounds absurd, I know. But you see, now I have a reason. I finally have a reason that it has been so hard for us to have our baby.
Basically every time I ovulate on the left hand side the egg never makes it down for fertilisation. And then when I do ovulate on the right and my egg makes the journey down my egg quality is compromised by the endo. And this explains why they are pulling massive numbers of eggs down and never getting a healthy embryo with IVF.
I would have had the convoluted tube when conceiving Monkey but probably not the endo. Obviously the month we conceived him I got lucky and ovulated on the right hand side.
I have to wonder if the C-section contributed to the endo development? This blog seems to suggest that can occur. Or maybe it is just age? All questions for Dr O I guess. But I had no symptoms of endometriosis. I am one of these silent endometriosis sufferers that Dr Braverman talks about. It is true. It does happen.
I have no idea what level my endo was at but as I didn’t have any extra incisions it would seem they didn’t have to do extensive work to remove it so hopefully that means early stages. I have no idea if I need further treatment before we can cycle again or anything like that. We will continue with our no plastics, no toxins, no drinking, loads of supplements blah blah regime as well just to give ourselves the best chance possible.
My follow up with Dr O is next Thursday so I will know more information then.
I just want to take a moment to give a massive rap to the nursing staff at Allamanda Private Hospital on the Gold Coast. All the staff were so caring. They introduced themselves and treated me like a person, not just a number. My Dr, Dr Kee Ong, was also completely fabulous. He came to see me prior to surgery and gave me a reassuring rub on the shoulder while explaining what would happen. Once I was wheeled into theatre and the anesthetist and her nurse were hooking me up and knocking me out, Dr Ong just stood there and reassuringly held my hand the whole time. He is so thoughtful and caring. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Eric is thrilled with the news too but also really peeved with Dr D. We are leaving it for now but once we get our baby, and I feel now that we will, we will write him a letter to advise him of what took place once we left his clinic. If I can help one more woman then it is worth it. He is a lovely man but he should have been going in to have a look himself after so many dud embryos. I was a statistical anomaly and that warranted further investigation.
I am so glad we pushed on and sought our second opinion as that bought us to Dr Ong and Monash IVF and now we have some answers. Hooray! Can’t wait until my follow up appointment next Thursday. I’m feeling good.