April 2012 I started having pain in my lower stomach, after a couple of months of tests and DR visits we found out that I have endometriosis. I had surgery Aug 7th 2012 to remove my right ovary and burn off some of the endometriosis. We hoped that this would fix the problem and remove all pain. It lasted about 6 months.
In February, the pain started coming back. I returned to the Dr and discovered the Dr was only able to remove 30% of the endometriosis and had to leave the rest due to placement so close to vital blood vessels. I have 2 options, go on a medication for 6 months that shrinks the endo but puts my body thru a fake menopause. After said time frame I have to come off the meds and see how it helps. If it doesn't I would have to have surgery. Option 2 is to just go ahead with the surgery....this is the one we chose.
I'm having a robotic da vinci hysterectomy the end of July. I will be in the hospital for 2 days and out of work for 2 weeks. With out pay....:( You can totally youtube the surgeries if you are That interested in it....I'm not. Nate watched some of them and thought it was cool.
This has been the hardest couple of months for me. I have gained weight, lost muscle mass, can't exercise, walk for long periods, and have been in almost constant pain. I'm on pain meds from the Dr as well as work restrictions to help manage the pain. It is hard to not be active and involved with my family. I am looking forward to being able to get back to my life in just under a month.
Here is a picture of what the endo looks like in the body. It looks like someone took a pepper grinder and shook it into myself....this is not a picture of me...During the surgery the Dr will burn off any of these spots he finds.
Thanks in advance for all the prayers and concerns.
Here are a few specific needs over the next 4-6 weeks.
~ Safe and successful surgery
~ Calm nerves for Nate, who will be in the waiting room by himself
~ 2 weeks of no pay, I'm not salary and have no vacation/sick time
~ Speedy recovery and healing
~ That this surgery solves the problem and no pain after it.
Anyone wanting to send care packages and cards message me and I'll send you my address. Just kidding...prayer are great. Feel free to share with your church family and friends, the more the better. I already have a list of books and movies for Nate to get me, and a couple of crochet projects ready to go. I will send an update as they come. As for now I have my pre-op appt on July 16th.