28 July 2011

It's not you, it's me

So I am officially on vacation. Actually I've been officially on vacation since 3:30pm on July 22nd, but this has been my first chance to sit and blog.

I was so much happier with my curriculum writing this time around. Not only was I not dragging myself around because of adrenal fatigue, but we started writing the third day. It was also a much smaller group and there wasn't a anglophone/francophone divide like there was last summer. I learned so much professionally and I know that it will look stellar on my resume -- not to mention the $4500 that I made!

This morning I went for a whole whack of blood tests. I finally convinced my Napro doc to get me tested for MTHFR and she also repeated my thyroid panel and glucose test (which was just one blood test, I didn't have to drink the nasty drink!). I had to pay for the tests which is perhaps why she was so hesitant (it cost $105 for the antibody and Vitamin D test -- hopefully my insurance covers it!). I was hardly upset when AF arrived Tuesday night. What a difference a surgery date makes!

Speaking of surgery: I got the go-ahead to go to TCIE for my ultrasound series! It is going to save so much money to drive to see her AND I get to hang out with my buddy. Now how many can say that one of their closest friends got to wand them?

Mr. JB and I are leaving for New Hampshire on Sunday and I can't wait! We decided to take the trip in two days and it looks like we're going to drive through New York State since we're going to spend a few days in Montreal on our way home. Are there any bloggers that are in that area, or even in NH? I'd love to meet up!

I'm hoping that I will be back to my regular blogging habits, but I do have to admit that it's been a nice mental break from IF. Spinning my wheels until November 2nd is a much needed break for my weary soul.

*Update: I just spoke to one of Dr. H's nurses regarding my surgery. I asked her if it was possible if the endo/adhesion mess that is in my pelvis is really bad if my surgery would be converted from a lap to a laparotomy. I was pleading since I don't want to have to return to Omaha for a second surgery, for many reasons (I don't want to have to have TWO surgeries and the cost, yes it always seems to boil down to money). She is going to ask Dr. H to review my case again and she'll get back to me sometime next week. If my surgery is going to be more extensive, the date is going to change, but that's okay with me! Please pray that this all works out! 

24 comments:

  1. That was really good thinking, asking them in advance to convert your surgery on the spot if needed. I know they're very compassionate, but doctors don't think about care the same way that patients do. It seems so obvious to us that if we're already anaesthetized, just make the incision bigger already! Two recovery periods are no good. Good luck with that!!!

    And I love the Northeastern US and I'm sure your trip will be BEAUTIFUL. Too bad I don't live there any more or we could visit :(.

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  2. I hope this surgery request works out.....you were super smart to inquire about it. I remember feeling that I had little to no closure after my first laparoscopy at PPVI because I knew that the "big" surgery was coming. Plus I hate needles, hospitals, etc... I do know that they like to sometimes do a second look lap 10 days post laparotomy often to remove the Gortex shield.....hopefully they will provide you with more information about that as well! Prayers for you!

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  3. OH I PRAY AND HOPE SO MUCH FOR YOU!!!! Great hearing from you. I totally know what you mean by AF not being a big deal when arriving. When you are awaiting surgery, it's amazing how much your stress level decreases. I think it is great that you are thinking ahead with the whole surgery thing. I had to go back for my second and although that stunk big time, it was successful. Remember, any questions, ask away....oh and remember my ideas for where to stay!

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  4. This post is full of good news. I think it is great that TCIE will do your series - who is more perfect than TCIE? Praying Dr. H agrees to the immediate changes 2nd surgery (if necessary) to be done at the first. That would be awesome!

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  5. Good stuff! I'm so glad you get to hang out with TCIE! She wanded me too ;)

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  6. Have a blast on your drive! It's beautiful country up there! Prayers for a successful series and surgery!

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  7. My last surgery started out robotic-assisted and a few hours in he decided to go full laparotomy. I had to sign a statement saying it was okay the day before my surgery, but I told him it was the last surgery I was having so it was his last shot to clean me up! I hope they can do this in your case too, if need be. Of course - I hope it's not that bad, too!! :)

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  8. Jus saw your update and I will totally pray!!!

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  9. Praying JB. I want TCIE to wand me too ;)

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  10. That is super cool about TCIE wanding you! :) And VERY good to ask about the surgery - doing the whole trip over again doesn't make sense at all.

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  11. Praying that you only have to do ONE surgery! Enjoy your trip!!!

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  12. Hope the possibility of just surgery works out!!

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  13. We're in CT! You can e-mail details... still a bit of a drive, but maybe on way to TCIEs....

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  14. I wish I did, so I could see BOTH of you!!

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  15. Great news about them possibly converting it to one larger surgery, but I guess I will pray that you don't need the bigger surgery after all! Maybe less recovery, I don't know. Have fun on your trip!! I know that sounds weird because you are heading for surgery, but have fun in the inbetween times!!

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  16. I never had a long wait for any of my surgeries - the longest was 3 weeks for the 3rd one - but I don't think I would have enjoyed it if I had. By the time I scheduled all of my surgeries, they were more of the emergency "get me out of this pain NOW!" type.
    I hope they can do everything they need to in one fell swoop - one surgery, one recovery would be optimal!

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  17. Let me know when yo are in Omaha, I will come meet you!

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  18. My name is Rebekah Weber; I am a college student doing a couple internships this summer that are directed toward infertility. One is with Dr. Hilgers at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE, and the other is with a new organization called the Women's Reproductive Health Foundation. It is for this internship that I am administering questions to women about their infertility journey. If you would be willing, it would be great if you could email me and then I will introduce myself better and explain further. Thanks so much! rebekahjweber@abbey.bac.edu

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  19. I am praying that they can do it all together! I am praying for you and this surgery!!!!

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  20. MTHFR??? Another anachronism that I am clueless about. I can tell you what my first impressions are but I don't use that kind of language anymore.
    Have a great time on your trip!
    Blessings!

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  21. I hope you can get what you need in one go. I'm praying for a speedy recovery with limited pain. Have a great time, meanwhile, and enjoy your travels! I'm envious, in a very friendly way.

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  22. New to reading your blog... great stuff! I too, live in ON, and am waiting to see Dr T for the first time, as Dr C us in mat leave.

    A friend of mine just had surgery with Dr Hilgers in Omaha in March. He said YES to converting to the laparotomy during surgery if necessary, because she'd come all the way from Canada. So I think you have an excellent chance!

    November 2nd seems a long way away, I know.. but it will come VERY QUICKLY. I too, am a teacher, and had surgery last Nov 2nd (strange coincidence, no?) - I will surely keep you in my prayers.

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  23. Any word on what Dr. H said about doing it all at once??? Hoping for you!

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