Monday, January 23, 2012

A Bit of a Bummer

This morning was my post-op appointment in which we were going to sit down with Dr. Bundren and talk about my treatment plan. I want to start by saying how grateful I am that I have Dr. Bundren and his team. They have been on the ball and determined to get everything under control since the moment I walked in for my first appointment.

Today was not exactly what I expected, but still a plan no less.  I got a little more info on how the procedure went and what he found.  He informed me that other than the stage 3 endometriosis he also found a chocolate cyst (or endometrioma) on my left ovary, which he had to drain.  (Lovely, I know.)  He went through the pictures and explained what everything was and pointed out where he found the endometriosis.  It was pretty exciting stuff.

Once he was done with the review he talked about the treatment plan from here on out.  He said that due to my endo being so bad we needed to take a more aggressive treatment plan before we start trying again.  He also said that without this treatment he still sees it being very difficult for me to get pregnant, so of course we're all in.

Here's the plan:  
Wednesday I will be starting my first round of Leuprolide Injections.  This drug will basically be putting me into menopause.  I will take 1 shot every month for the next 6 months.  In the mean time I will be enjoying all the lovely side effects that come along with menopause like: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, dry skin & hair, and difficulty with memory.  (Now don't get jealous you'll get there some day.)  Obviously, during this time I will not be ovulating which should help with both the endometriosis and my PCOS.  After the 6 months of shots I will start birth control, for 2 months, to reboot my hormones since my shots will have pretty much flat lined my estrogen level.  After which we should be good to go.
Incase you're trying to do the math this puts us in October.  

I'll be sure to update you as this process progresses but in the mean time be praying for Andrew through the mood swings and hot flashes and pray for the next 8 months to go by SOOOO fast!

Thanks for checkin' in!!
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  1. Hey girl!! I've been thinking about you a lot and glad that you have a plan in place. I will continue praying about this and know God has great plans in your future for another little one. I always tell myself, "Faith in God means faith in his timing" Lots of hugs to you!!

  2. I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. I'll be praying for you and Andrew!

  3. I am so sorry that you will have to go through all of this! I have friends who went through something similar. They got pregnant a month after the birth control cycles. Here are a couple of posts she wrote about her experiences. I know she would be happy to talk with you or if you wanted to e-mail her with questions you may have. She is the sweetest person. I'll let her know that you may contact her in the future.

  4. I'm so sorry that you have to endure this. If you need any advice on the whole menopause thing-get with me. ;) After my hysterectomy was rough, but there are lots of things you can do to help with the symptoms of menopause. :D
    This will be a trying 8 months for you, but I know you are strong and you are going to be just fine.
    Good luck girl and keep us updated. :)

  5. Girl...I am praying for all of you. I cannot imagine what you are going through. My prayer is for symptoms to be nonexistent and your family to be blessed in 8 months! You are such an example of strength to so many. Thank you for sharing your life.


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