Monday, June 7, 2010

Good....No. GREAT, News!

Let me preface this post by saying, never EVER in my life have I been so excited to have a medical diagnosis (or diagnosis' in my case)!  :)

We went to our first appointment with Dr. Bundren, the infertility specialist, today. 

I woke up super early this morning, like a kid on Christmas day, because of my excitement and anticipation for our appointment.  I didn't know what it was going to be like in the slightest, all I knew was that I was excited that I 'might' have some sort of explanation by the end of the day.  We both talked about our hopes this morning before the appointment, and we agreed on one thing: we wanted to walk away from the appointment with something.  My only fear was that he would thoroughly check me out and find NO logical reasons for my multiple pregnancy losses. I wanted some sort of answer....or, at the very least, a game plan to figure things out.

We were very pleased with the appointment and feel like we spent some quality one-on-one time with the physician and his staff.  They listened to each of our thoughts, feelings, and well as reviewed all my past lab work and medical records.  I will spare you the gorey details of the appointment, lets just say I had the looooongest ultrasound ever, haha!  I had three people in the room assisting in my nearly 30 minute ultrasound examining every inch of my uterus and ovaries, ugh ugh ugh!  Anyhow, here are the findings:

1) Yes, I do have a form of Thrombophilia (which we knew). Whenever I do get pregnant again, I will take Lovenox injections to manage this. No big deal, very fix-able    :)

2) I also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  Each of my ovaries had multiple cysts on them, which I've probably had for most of my adult life.  This causes a problem with ovulation.  After I receive treatment for my next diagnosis, I will take Glucophage to manage this issue.    Again, very fix-able  :)

3) Finally, I have a Uterus Malformation. A normal uterus is shaped like an upside down triangle, my "special" uterus is shaped like a heart.  This causes a huge problem with implantation and blood flow to any egg that was trying to implant itself in the endometrium (hence, my multiple losses).   On July 16th, I will have a surgical procedure to repair my uterus and make it "normal."  Basically, they shave/cut off the "hangy down" part of the heart....making it more upside down triangle shape.  Does that make sense?  After this procedure, I will have to wear an estrogen patch for awhile to help my body get back to normal. Then, the doctor will set us free to start the baby-making again!  Again, very fix-able  :)

There you have it, all my medical diagnosis'! My favorite part about all of them.....FIX-ABLE!! :)
I know that I don't have a baby growing in my belly, but after hearing what the doctor had to say about all of it, I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I feel like I'm riding on Cloud 9 tonight with this news.

Though this last year with these struggles has brought us plenty of heartache and tears, it has also had it's positives.  I feel like we are much stronger for having dealt with them, I feel like I am a much better communicator with God (concerning ALL things), and I feel like I'm strong enough to help other women who battle these same emotional and physical issues.

So, with all this being said, thanks for the prayers you've offered on our account.....and, please keep 'em coming!  I keep hoping to provide you with these fun, positive updates as we continue trying to grow our family!


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