Hi everyone! Hope you are doing great on this Aloha Friday! 🙂
Before I review the follow up treatment I received, I want to share something that was shared with me! About 2 weeks ago, I was helping in the kitchen at a funeral. I spoke with a friend who just did a cycle of clomid. She and her husband have been trying to start a family, which has been a challenge for them. She shared something I hadn’t heard before. The doctor treated her husband’s low sperm count with…(drumroll)…clomid! I was surprised. Since we didn’t experience that, I found it really interesting. SO, if you know someone whose spouse has low sperm count, tell them to talk with their doctor about clomid…it may be an option to inquire about and pursue. Not that low sperm count is a popular topic but if you know a couple that is trying, talking with their doctor doesn’t hurt.
Ok, back to my follow up. So, at home after my surgery wasn’t too eventful. I rested. I did have a little pain – cramping – but I refused to take a pill for it. It was bearable. Instead, I used my white flower oil to easy the cramping. The pain dissipated and I was comfortable. My doTerra oils had not arrived yet, so I used what I had available.
The next day, I received a call from the surgicenter checking on me. The woman on the phone asked me if I took any medication for pain. I proudly told her no. Lol. She asked me a few more questions related to my current status. I explained to her that I felt fine.
I received my doTerra oils in the mail that day, which was great…little did I know I would need them. I looked through my post-op paperwork, which showed some of the things I may experience after surgery. The only thing applicable to me (besides the cramping)…constipation. I’ve been on birth control since May so constipation after the surgery reminded me of endometriosis and the pain I felt when I got my mense. However, I didn’t have my menses, so that was one less factor. Anyways! It was painful to use the bathroom so I decided to use my doTerra oil…DigestZen, which is a blend of 7 oils. The directions state to put 1 drop in 4 oz (1/2 cup) of water. I quickly drank it and then laid down to rest. My lip burned for a few minutes because of the peppermint oil contained in the blend. Obviously the oil touched my lip. Lol. The burn was nothing. The oil helped relieve my constipation. I’m glad I used it.
Well, I had a little less than 2 weeks before my post-op appointment with my Ob/Gyn and scan with Dr. Frattarelli. During that time, I received my bill in the mail. Yup, the bill for my surgery. I was worried about how much it would cost so I looked at my coverage plan and got an answer. I already knew that the surgery would cost me $15. It was a relief. So, when I saw the bill I was quite surprised! I saw on paper…$5,115.40 Yikes! Lol. The bill listed all the things that were used, including the OR, recovery room, anesthesia, etc. Man, some of those things are expensive! I’m glad I pay for cobra, even though that seems expensive too. I still only had to pay $15 but it showed the breakdown, which I found interesting.
The following week my appointments started up again! On one day I was scheduled to see Dr. Frattarelli and the next day I was scheduled to see my Ob/Gyn. So, on Monday, August 13, I went in for my appointment with Dr. Frattarelli. I was still taking the birth control and the lining of my uterus was thick, which I expected. My Ob/gyn followed up with Dr. Frattarelli, which is good. Good news…we’re on track for the FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer). Phew! What a relief! Of course, it’s temporary because things can change. I find it necessary to be grateful after each appointment.
So, that day I started taking 1 mg of Estrace (Estrogen) 2x/day and one 81mg aspirin 1/day. The Estrace is a small blue pill. It’s 2mg so I cut it in half to get the 1mg. I didn’t have my pill cutter so I just used a knife. Good thing the pill has an indention, it’s too small to break in half with your fingers. I tried.
In case you’re curious, here is a picture of what Estrace looks like. It’s about a 1/4″ in diameter, so it’s really small. The picture shows both sides of the pill. On the left is the letter “m” and on the right, you see an “e” and the number 5.
On Tuesday, August 14th, I went to see my Ob/Gyn. He also asked me how I felt and reviewed symptoms. My Ob/Gyn showed me a visual of the female reproductive system. He drew a picture for me showing me where the polyps were located. The only question I had was about the results. I knew my Ob/Gyn sent my polyps to the lab to be tested. I didn’t get the results. I wasn’t worried because I figured he would have called if it was bad news. Well, I was right. My Ob/Gyn apologized and confirmed that my polyps were benign. Yeah! I will never forget what he said. He was surprised that Dr. Frattarelli was able to find a polyp using ultrasound. I am definitely grateful that Dr. Frattarelli found a polyp and that my Ob/Gyn removed 3. When my Ob/Gyn explained that, I felt so comforted. I thought, yup I pray for my doctors!! By the way, the lab results for the polyps cost me around $20.
So, after those 2 appointments I knew that my surgery was successful and that we were moving forward with the FET. I had this thought…could I now become pregnant without ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology)? I don’t know. I’m not going to try to find that out now. I’ve come this far, I’m going to follow through with the FET. Would be interesting though. I think I still have endometriosis, so probably not. Lol.
Anyways! According to my newest calendar I was instructed & responsible for taking birth control through August 17th. I have to admit…I like not having a period. I haven’t had a period since May. It’s nice not having cramps and pain. 🙂 The rest of my calendar depended on the first day of my menses. I had tentative dates scheduled but I wouldn’t know for sure until I got my menses. So, it was time to wait…
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