Didn’t have the greatest of days yesterday. Had quite a lot of bleeding- enough that around lunchtime I started to wonder if maybe I should be calling someone about this. Luckily Dr. G.oogle was only a mouse click away (I have got to stop doing this!) which reassured me that the bleeding was probably normal, especially if it tapered off by the end of the day (which it did). And the belly button incision was just really sore and uncomfortable. And then I thought it was getting infected late last night before bed (although in retrospect I think that was the codeine talking as it looks fine this morning).
Q. thinks I over exerted myself yesterday, hence the bleeding and extra sore tummy. According to him, my over exertions consisted of the following: restacking the dishwasher; going up the stairs when he’d offered to get something for me; putting chopped veggies on pizza.
I didn’t think that was too outrageous a day, but he’s refusing to let me do anything today except sit at the computer and fiddle with one of my essays. And I must admit that the belly button felt a lot better after I’d been horizontal and sleeping for several hours.
My f/s rang me this morning, returning my call from yesterday. It amazes me when he does that. The clinic’s so busy, I just expect that messages will vanish into the ether. Anyway, he is so happy he did the surgery. He called it “mild to moderate endo” and said it was in all the usual places, on the bladder, the uterus, etc.
So he wants me to pop in as soon as I’m feeling better and get some pro.vera to start a new cycle. I didn’t ask him how quickly the endo is likely to grow back, or if being on bcps suppresses the growth. I’ll have to remember that for when I see him.
I realized as I was talking to him that I don’t really understand how endometriosis works. How long has this stuff been growing inside of me? I used to have terrible periods- when I was on the pill. Since coming off, the bfn bleeds I’ve had have been so easy. No cramping and much lighter. Can endo start growing and then stop for a while?
And why does endo keep you from getting pregnant anyway? My f/s said it creates a “toxic” environment, but it sounded like that was their best guess to me, and they’re not really sure why it has the effect that it does.
If you guessed that now I’ve got something new to read about, full points to you! I feel like a whole new section of the infertility landscape has suddenly come into focus.
And the funny thing is, you should read back and check out my reaction to when I discovered that I had an auto immune thyroid issue. Because I completely freaked out. The idea of having a second infertility factor really got to me.
And now? Now that we’ve added a third, and one that could well require me to undergo more surgeries in the future? I’m just riding it out. I’m relieved to have the news. I’m happy that there’s an explanation for our bfns. (Happy about a diagnosis of endometriosis…who says infertility doesn’t play with your perspective on the world?!)
Another infertility factor? I can take this in my stride.
I’m trying to remember to add blogs to my blogroll when people are kind enough to come over and say hello, but I’m not super good at updating. I tend to rely on G.oogle reader to keep up with the blogs. All that to say that if you’d like to be linked from my blog, just let me know!