On all accounts I failed. So I'll start from scratch.
T and I managed to work from home and avoid the -30 below wind chill temps that were swirling around Indianapolis last week. We worked side by side on the couch, watched movies, ate chili, made cookies and went absolutely stir crazy.
I was so nervous about the airport being back up and running in time for my flight out last Thursday morning. Luckily, we managed to get out on time and arrived in Denver by 8:15 am. We walked out of the airport and the local weather was a balmy 45 degrees. Literally a heat wave compared to what we just left.
We went straight to CCRM to get my pre-op blood work out of the way. When walking through the door I immediately recognized Jessah from Dreaming of Dimples. She's just as cute and sweet in person (more so!) as she is on her blog. We (and the husbands) went out for a great lunch. We talked about our struggles, our lives and really just had a lovely few hours together. She certainly gave me a bit of peace going into my surgery on Friday. I have such high hopes for her and A and will be thinking about them these next few weeks as they find out how many CCS normals they will have for their future family.
Thursday evening we went to dinner with some of our close friends that live in Denver that were kind enough to let us stay with them. There was something about having a cozy home to recuperate in vs. a hotel room. They are such great people, some of our closest friends and I cannot thank them enough for how supportive they've been.
Sierra was the sweetest little 6 year old that even gave up her bedroom for us. Going to miss her!
Friday morning I arrived at CCRM bright and early. My surgery nurse was awesome. So sweet from the beginning through recovery. I know that sometimes I get a little anxious over my care considering how easy it is to feel so far removed when you are a patient at a clinic 1000 miles away. I will say that every time I am there…it's a reminder of why I made the decision to go there in the first place. I really, really like Dr. G and I feel completely confident in his care for me. He said my surgery was very "easy" and he was really happy with how it went. He was also "thrilled" by my period that I had last week. He told me that multiple times how happy that made him. While he can't say yet if the surgery will work…only time will tell, his confidence has kept my hope alive. My recovery was a bit rough. I woke up and was doing okay in the beginning, but as the pain from the balloon that they had inserted into my uterus to keep it from collapsing or any more scar tissue build up set in, I started to get very nauseous. Nothing was helping. The kept me there an hour or so longer than they expected and when I left I still was feeling pretty rough. I just wanted to get back to bed where I could sleep.
Before Surgery: Happy Suz
After Surgery: I was sure I was dying, but I tried to smile
The rest of the weekend was low-key, hanging out with our friends and their kids. Watched football, played games and got lots of rest. I flew home today, T flew to Chicago for work. Did I mention how awesome my husband was this weekend? If I didn't, I'll mention it now. He certainly earned a couple gold stars.
Next steps are:
I started Estrace 2x a day for the next 3 weeks. I'll then start Prometrium for 10 days. Once I have a period, I'll do nothing for that month. With my next period, I'll schedule another office hysteroscopy at CCRM to see how things look. We'll then do a mock cycle to try and stimulate my lining to grow. I am not sure exactly the doses yet, but I do have my patches, estrace and viagra on hand and ready to go, so it does seem like they are ready to throw the kitchen sink at my lining. I know that should we have to do a second mock cycle, they will add the delestrogen injections.
The bottom picture shows all the scar tissue and the top photo shows after it was removed.
There is one more thing that we'll have to do. Rather than do the Beta-3 integrin test, we are now treating my endometriosis without the test. Considering I had no period for 6 months and we now know my cervix was sealed shut, we know that blood was going out through my tubes, rather than my cervix which has probably made my endo even worse. I'll be doing 2 months of the DepoLupron to treat that before any transfer cycle. I do not know when that will be yet, whether it will coincide with my mock cycle or be after.
Regardless, it looks like late spring or summer before I could even think about a transfer cycle.