Tuesday, August 14, 2012
What to Expect: Endometrial Laparoscopy
I’ve been a bit scarce around here as of lately so I thought I’d fill ya’ll in. For the most part, I try to keep things “light” around here… and FOOD-centered. On occasion I’ve gotten serious & real with ya’ll. Today is one of those days. You’ve been warned!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that the hubs and I want to be parents more than anything, but it hasn’t been something that has come easy to us. I don’t talk about our journey a lot, but the few times that I have, I’ve gotten such incredible feedback from ya’ll… and an outpouring of encouragement, prayers (which I am so thankful for), and friendships formed through this strange common bond of infertility that SO many women struggle with. It blows my mind.
The further I get into this whole process (for lack of a better word), the more I realize it helps to hear other people’s stories and tips/pointers for the various stages/procedures along the way. No one really talks about it so it’s SUCH an unknown and scary thing. You really don’t know what to expect unless you know someone who’s been there… or you google search the heck out of it. haha
We are nearing 2 very long years of trying to conceive (TTC), so here’s a little background since I’ve really only gone into parts of it.
Our TTC Timeline (thus far):
- October 2010 – Started TTC (around the same time my bro and sister in-law announced their pregnancy)
- June 17, 2012 – My beautiful niece was born
- July 4th 2011 – BFP – Finally pregnant after 9 long months of TTC
- August 2011 – Devastating Miscarriage at 7 1/2 – 8 weeks
- September 2011 through April 2012 – TTC again (on our own) under recommendation of our regular OBGYN
- April 2012 – Started seeing a Fertility Specialist
- April-May 2012 – Blood Tests & Semen analysis – Everything coming back completely NORMAL (plenty of eggs, confirmation of regular ovulation, and sperm count/motility normal)… Incredibly frustrating not knowing WHY we still couldn’t get pregnant!
- June 5th 2012 – Ultrasound (Showing normal/healthy uterus)
- June 10th 2012 - Hysterosalpingogram (flushing of fallopian tubes with dye - showing no blockages or cysts)
- June & July 2012 – Continuing TTC hoping that the flushing of my tubes would be helpful.
- August 10th, 2012 – Endometrial Laparoscopy/Hysteroscopy
What surgery day looks like:
- We arrived at the hospital at 5:45 am to check in (it was FUH.REEZING. Wish I had a sweater). No jewelry, make up, contacts, hair ties with metal clasps on them allowed!
- Nurse called me back by myself (hubs had to wait in the lobby for about 30 minutes).
- The nurse had me change into my hospital gown, socks with anti-slip grips on the bottom, and a lovely hair net (super hot):
(Please excuse the bags under my eyes – looking ROUGH sans makeup)
- I went through all the pre-op questions with the nurse confirming any allergies, birthday, weight etc… and then I got my IV put in.
- Then because I have this thing called Factor 5 Leiden which means I have a higher propensity to develop blood clots, I had to have an injection of blood thinners before surgery (IN. MY. STOMACH… ugh that was the most painful thing – WAY worse than the IV). Just keeping it real.
- Hubs was finally brought back to my pre-op room where we waited… and waited… and WAITED.
(The man is a TROOPER)
- The Anesthesiologist, Nurse Anesthetist, and Operating Room Nurse all stopped by to introduce themselves and see if I had any questions… we were just waiting on the doc to show up.
- 8:00 am – Doc shows up and goes over the surgery with us and makes sure I don’t have any questions.
- Nurse Anesthetist came back and injected me with some sort of relaxant and they started rolling me out of the room. I got the giggles and remember saying, “WOW! That stuff works FAST!” and things started getting really hazy. I remember them moving me onto the OR table and asking me to scoot down. And then I was O.U.T. – don’t remember a thing after that (so the next few steps were filled in later by the hubs).
- Doctor started surgery & halfway through had the OR Nurse call hubs’ phone to let him know how things were going.
- Once the surgery was over, the doc came out to hubs to show him photos and fill him in on what he found.
- Next, I remember waking up in the recovery room and seeing my doctor there. He said something to me which I really don’t remember. Then he came back a little while later and asked me if I remember what he told me… Nope. Not a thing. haha
- They wheeled me back to my post-op room where hubs & my mom were waiting for me. Hubs informed me that I was not allowed to eat Mexican food for a few days. He said I looked like a little kid who was just told their puppy was dead and I kept saying, “But whyyy??? I don’t understand…” See I told you guys I love Mexican food. haha
- They immediately had me get up, use the bathroom, and walk around… I almost passed out so they had me lay back down, pumped me with another bag of fluids and wait for my blood pressure to rise.
- Once I was able to walk around without getting dizzy they came and discharged me and sent me home.
- SUCH. A. BLUR.
Pre-Op and Post-Op Tips:
- Make up the couch before you go… Pillows, blanket, etc… you do NOT want to be dealing with that post surgery. I was SO glad I did this.
- Wear baggy clothes to surgery & underwear that fall below your bellie button but above your pubic bone (you do NOT want them touching your stitches).
- Bring a pillow for the car ride home. I had to drive an HOUR home after surgery and was so thankful to have a pillow… I was able to PASS out.
- Bring a bowl in case you are nauseas on the way home… I was fine but I’ve heard some people get really sick.
- Take your pain meds! I was all tough and didn’t think I needed them the first day and then the drugs from the operating room wore off instantaneously at about 8:00 pm and I had a MISERABLE hour of waiting for the pain pills to kick in. We’re talking tears/meltdown/hyperventilation/hubs wanting to bring me to the ER… yah, not fun.
- The SNOOGLE was my life-saver. I bought this for my short lived pregnancy last summer, but this “pregnancy” pillow has turned out to be the perfect post surgery pillow. I propped it up against another pillow on the couch and laid in it on my back with my neck resting on one end (the propped up side) and the backs of my knees resting on the other end… it cradled me like a baby and this was the only way I could sleep for 3 nights.
- Sorry if it’s TMI, but stool softeners/fiber/probiotics are a necessity. Pain meds/Muscle Relaxers will STOP.YOU.UP.
- Gas-X… and not for the kind of gas you are thinking of. They actually blow you up with gas to perform the surgery (see image bel0w). I was SHOCKED by the pain and discomfort of the pain in my shoulder and under my ribcage from the remaining gas in my body. It hurt WAY worse than my actually stomach/surgery area did.
- Stock fridge with Gatorade, Ginger Ale (in case you are nauseas), and tea (my throat was super sore/dry from being intubated.
- Have someone there for you… you’ll need it (physically and emotionally). Hubs literally had to lift me off the couch every time I needed to go to the bathroom, help me shower/dress, get food & drinks for me… etc (That man is a SAINT).
Lessons I’ve Learned & Other Thoughts:
My God is who He says He is.
- He is GOOD: Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
- He has a PLAN: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- He promises PEACE: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
He is building character in Mike & I through this and we are learning to find the JOY and HONOR in that…
- This post “From Mud to Miracles” says it all (Her whole series on Infertility is WONDERFUL).
- James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
- James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
- Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
“Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” – John Ortborg
My husband is a Rock. Star.
- I’ve said it before, but every day I mean it even more. I truly can’t imagine anyone else by my side through all of this. Mike has known the things to say, the things NOT to say, when I’ve just needed a hug, when I’ve needed to laugh, and when to just let me cry. This whole journey has brought us even closer together… I can’t even explain it. I think that will equip us to be better parents than we may have been previously.
How important it is to have a Church home.
- We have been so incredibly overwhelmed by the love, prayers, and support from our church family. God brought us to a new church back in February and it quickly became our church home. We’ve been so blessed by them.