Decision was made, outcome was positive

by Lindsey on December 11, 2014

in Infertility, J&L Get Through Tough Stuff, J&L Start a Family

I meant to post a fertility update prior to yesterday, but time flies when you’re freaking out, and I never got around to it. So here’s the latest scoop.

Two days after I posted about having to make the big decision, my doctor (SIL) called me and said we didn’t really have a choice. After she showed our scans to another doctor, they both agreed they needed to remove the cyst sooner than later. It all happened very fast. I had a pre-op appt last Thursday, the surgery yesterday, and now I’m laying on my couch recovering.

I won’t sugar coat anything. I’ve spent the last week completely terrified. For one, I’ve never had surgery of any kind (except having my wisdom teeth removed, which is really not the same), so I had no idea what to expect. Secondly, I knew the risks of operating on my ovary, and I was so scared that if something went wrong, we could be permanently infertile.

Luckily I had an amazing surgeon who put my mind at ease, and an incredible support system of family, friends, and almost-strangers rooting for me.

After surgery, the doctor explained to me that they found the cyst to be an endometrioma, which means that even if we had waited, it would not have gone away on it’s own. They checked out everything else, and found some other endometriosis, which they were able to remove as well. They also did an HSG test, where they pushed dye through my tubes to ensure nothing was blocked, and thankfully, nothing was.

So, not only did this surgery remove a giant cyst that was causing me a ton of pain, it also gave us some other really good info about my body. Now that we know I have endometriosis, we’ll be able to share that (along with some really great pictures of everything) with my fertility specialist when we meet her in January. By having specific details and photos for them, we’ll be able to say “here’s exactly what we’re dealing with”, which should help them, help us.

Yes I’m in pain, and recovery is not easy, but I know I’ll feel better soon and that this was definitely the right thing for us.

And now I cannot WAIT for January 7th :)

Akirah December 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Praise God for extra information…I’ll be thinking of you ’til the 7th. Rest easy, Lindsey!

Lindsey December 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Thank you Akirah!

katelin December 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I’m so glad you guys got some answers! And hurray for the appointment with the fertility specialist, I hope they bring you even more answers and a plan. Thinking of you both & hope your recovery is going well xoxo

Lindsey December 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I hope so too! Thank you Katelin!!

Vicki December 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Lindsey,
Endo was my ten year battle. If I can be any help or support please let me know. If there is anything that comes from an endo diagnosis, it is that it is a medical diagnosis not just a fertility issue which means insurance will cover more if the costs of treatment. Let me know if you need anything.
Vicki

Lindsey December 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Thank you so much Vicki, I’ve been researching, since I don’t know much about endo, but I’m so glad to have some kind of diagnosis! I’m sure I will have questions for you at some point :)

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