Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Clearing the way...er, tube

When you've done as much hospital stuff as we've now done (I have to include Casey because he been with me through it all), you are not all that surprised at some of the twists and turns that these journeys will take.

I arrived at the outpatient surgery check-in at precisely 7 a.m. yesterday morning. I was later taken back to the little prep room -- which happened to be directly across the hall from the room I'd waited in for my gallbladder surgery five months ago -- and I was, well, prepped for surgery. No, that's not the 'twist' or the 'turn' I mentioned earlier. I was hoping not to wait too long to be taken back to yet another little waiting place, but it was close to 10 a.m. before that happened. Yeah, not quite fun when all you can think about is breakfast, and how you should be eating it right now.

Right before the surgery, my doctor came to see me and asked if I had any questions. I had three, one of them being: If you aren't able to do the surgery laparoscopically, will you just have to make a bigger incision? His answer: Yes. I can't remember the other two questions at the moment, forgive me...it's been a long couple of days.

Mostly I was concerned that the fallopian tube would be fixed, and that we would get more chances to have more babies. I decided that I just had to be okay with what had to be done, as long as I got the desired outcome. I did wake up to find out that there were too many adhesions for my doctor to do the surgery laprascopically. That meant that the seven-inch vertical incision that had been made for my appendectomy more than two years ago, then opened up again last summer for my abdominal surgery, was for the third time cut open. Ah, no wonder I woke up with that amount of pain! Such a bummer, too, because that scar had just turned nice and white and had started its little fading trend.

But wait, there's good news! Although he tried and could do nothing for the right tube (as he had guessed), my doctor was able to fix the left fallopian tube! He even did the dye test while I was still asleep to check that things were working. Praise God!!

The bigger incision did mean that I had to stay overnight, something we didn't like to hear. But it was okay...I have a couple of funny stories I'll have to share later. I am home tonight -- in a decent amount of pain, but I'm home.


Elisa said...

Yay! I am glad you are home and healthy! I am also glad the one tube was able to be completely cleared!

Now get to feeling better and go make some babies!! :)

Lori said...

Wonderful news! God is so good. I'm praying for a speedy recovery. Did the dr. say how long you would have to wait before trying? Sorry about those adhesions. I suffered w. endometriosis & always had trouble w. adhesions. They are definately yucky.
Also, I watched your "Free Hugs" videos today. What a mood lifter that was!

Get some rest,


James said...

My reactions while reading this post:


Congrats won a working left tube!

tracey said...

E ~ Thanks...you're funny. =)

Lori ~ Thank you, and how nice that you watched the Free Hugs videos! Glad you enjoyed them. As far as how long we have to wait -- I told him when we were hoping to try again, and he was fine with it. I'll leave it at that. ;)

James ~ Thanks! Loved all the different reactions, btw.

Anonymous said...

Praying for God's blessings on you (in whatever form they come!)It appears a seven inch scar opened three times is a blessing!!

Love you,
Kathy Carson

Jacqueline Hudson said...

I am so glad you are home! My mom is home (got home last night). As always love all of you. and wish i am able to come sometime...

Sally-Anne said...

I'm glad you got the ultimate outcome you desired, even if it was a rockier path getting there than you'd hoped! I guess this means you will only effectively ovulate every other month? Not such bad odds! I will expect some pregnancy news in the next year. :)

Shellie said...

I'm saying some prayers for you. I'm glad your surgery was successful.

tracey said...

Kathy ~ Thanks...hadn't looked at it in that way yet, but you may be right! =)

Jackie ~ Love you too, always good to hear from you.

S-A ~ Yeah, not completely sure on the every other month thing, but I guess that's how it works. And we should have a 50-60% chance now with the repaired tube. Not bad odds at all!

Shell ~ Thanks so much, prayers are always appreciated. Miss you!

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