29 August 2011

Dipping a toe in...

So I went to school today (for the second time, but the first time was just to drop off the stuff that I had with me for the workshops that I taught earlier this month). It was much easier this time around since I'm in the same classroom and I was pretty good at putting things away nicely (last year my former grade one partner left me a HUGE mess and I was so stressed out). I do have to say that H.ydrocort has made such a difference! My head was actually clear and I was able to function. I am so glad that I don't have to go off of it before my surgery!

Today is CD3 and I am so crampy. I was hoping that we would miraculously get pg before my surgery, but I was disappointed yet again. This is the last cycle that we can actually try before my ultrasound series (yay TCIE!!!), so we have one last shot.

I was talking to my awesome chiropractor today about my upcoming surgery in Omaha and we were both lamenting on how frustrating it is that the surgeon that did my surgeries here didn't do a thorough enough job. I'm thinking now that he did enough to remove the endometriosis, but not all of it which is why my cramps have gotten worse and worse.

The one thing I am not looking forward to is having to tell my principal that I am going to be taking two months off. I already got a note from my Napro doctor saying that I am having major surgery and that I need the time. According to Dr. Hil.gers I need to take 4 to 6 weeks off and since my surgery is at the beginning of November, if I were to return in 6 weeks I'd be back right before Christmas. I think that it would be easier for everyone involved (especially the teacher that will be filling in for me!) if I came back in the new year. I think that I'm going to call my union first to get their advice before I go in to see my principal.

I can't believe that the summer vacation is almost over! Is it weird that part of me is looking forward to having the time off this fall?

Prayer buddy, thank you for all of your prayers! I cannot believe how at peace I've been feeling lately! And to the blogger that I'm praying for, you've been getting so many prayers offered up for you!

24 August 2011

If it was only this easy -- *Updated

Now, I would've saved a lot of heartache if I knew about this technique!

p.s. I see my Napro doc at 12:40pm today. Can't wait to hear about the blood work results! I promise to update as soon as I can. 


So everything came back negative -- I didn't test positive for MTHFR antibodies and there's nothing wrong with my thyroid AND my progesterone and estrogen levels are AMAZING. As my Napro doctor has been saying (and is the reason why she recommended going to Omaha),  my issue is structural, not hormonal.

My Napro doc is the sweetest. She went over all of the paperwork that I received from PPVI and she even gave me a big hug as we left the office. Like I've said before, she is my biggest cheerleader and believes that there is hope for us!

22 August 2011

The good news continues...

Thank you so much for your comments on my last post. I feel so blessed to have so many people praying and rejoicing with me!

This afternoon (while at the mall with Mr JB, I tricked him into going to Ikea AND the mall, so I bribed him with fries at the food court) my brother-in-law said that the Jesuit community at Creighton would be happy to host us while I am in Omaha for my surgery.

I had to stop myself from doing cartwheels in front of everyone!

This is what the message said:
They’re set, JellyBelly's Jesuit BIL,
    Want to have one of them email me to make more direct plans for arrival?
    We’re glad to host family members of SJ’s when we can. This works out well.
    Blessings to you and on their efforts to conceive!

My BIL got the response in less than half an hour from his initial message (which forgot that I had had two surgeries, but that's just a technicality at this point).

Staying with the Jesuits will save us at least $1 000, or perhaps more. I'm not sure if we will be eating all our meals with them, but I wouldn't be surprised if we did.

I am still waiting for the new paperwork from PPVI for my new surgery protocol and I have an appointment with my local Napro doctor on Wednesday to get all of the test results from July (I was tested for MTHFR and my insulin resistance was re-tested).

I have been feeling so at peace lately, which has been such a gift. We went spent the weekend at Mr. JB's cousin's cottage and we were the only childless couple and I was able to play with the kids and hold the babies without feeling sorry for myself. We also attended a family reunion for Mr. JB's dad's family and one of his cousins came up to us to ask us if we had  a little girl. She was convinced that I had had a baby and that it was definitely a girl, perhaps she was predicting something? This cousin was also the first family member, aside from his dad, that he called to tell that we were engaged (he had made the promise when he was a teenager and went through with it).

I'd like to believe that after our journey to Omaha that we will be able to conceive that little girl!

p.s. I had a brain fart and I gave myself two HCG injections back to back. For some reason I was convinced that I had to give myself an injection on Friday, but I was really supposed to do it on Saturday. I went for my Peak +7 blood work today and I'm sure that my hormones are all out of whack. And you know what? I really don't care!

15 August 2011

PRAISE THE LORD!!! (JellyBelly breaks her blog silence for some good news)

No, not that kind of good news, but good news nonetheless!

I just got off of the phone with PPVI and Dr. Hil.gers is willing to convert my surgery to a laparotomy if necessary (and I'm pretty sure that it will be necessary, I may not be a doctor, but I know that I am having more and more pain with each cycle). My surgery date was moved to November 1st, All Saint's Day, which isn't a big deal since my first date was November 2nd.

Is it a coincidence that my first surgery happened during Holy Week and now I get to see the creme de la creme and have my last surgery on All Saint's Day?

I think not!

The only thing is that the billing is going to change if my surgery is converted to a laparotomy, but at this point I don't care.

I am so relieved! I didn't want to have to go to Omaha twice.

Happy Feast of the Assumption of Mary! What a great day to celebrate!

4 August 2011

Prayer Request -- *Updated

Okay prayer warriors, we need you!

Please pray for Crunchy Catholic Mama's little girl, S who is in the hospital. She has been having problems keeping her blood sugar up and it keeps falling when not connected to an IV.

It's time to storm heaven!!!!!


Update: Little S is back home. The doctors still can't explain what is going on with her blood sugar. Please continue praying!