This week was a week full of events...I celebrated my birthday on Monday which was full of fun, but also, a 4 hour car ride to Cincinnati. This trip was for a surgery my doctor wanted me to schedule before our next attempt. I have been putting this procedure off for months for a couple reasons. 1 - It scared me. I didn't want to know the results. I don't have a happy history with surgeries 2 - My body was so vulnerable in the past. I just couldn't put it through much more with all the drugs and procedures I was doing before. 3 - Insurance did not cover it. All reasons which led me to not get the surgery. After a few months off and our insurance coverage and our new doctor that I love and trust talked me into it. He said it would increase my chances, plus there was something about him that made me trust him and knowing he would be the surgeon eased all my worries.
We arrived to Cincy at 11pm on Monday night. I had the expected cold feet all people get before going into any surgical procedure. Pat eased my worries and we fell asleep with our alarms set. Before we knew it - it was 7:30am and off we go to The Christ Hospital. My mother-in-law joined us for support! It really means so much to me that she took the day off work to be there for us. It is comforting knowing we have such amazing support. I checked in wearing my pajamas and glasses. We waited a few minutes in the waiting room and then I heard a nurse call, Mrs. Davis? Are you ready? We jump up and walk to the pre-op room. I meet the anesthesiologist first. He explains what I will be on and he will be watching me the entire time I was asleep. We chatted about Naperville (because his son played lacrosse for a tournament there). Small world! It was nice to have that connection. Very friendly man. My nerves went more to ease. I changed into my gown, slippers, and hat. Ok - now my nerves shot up! The flashbacks came flooding back to me. Damn cancer! I hate you and your flashbacks. I still refused to lay in the bed. haha Pat was cracking jokes as I was changing into my gown. I guess he was trying to ease his nerves as well. He admitted it was not easy with his wife being put under even if it was for a short while. My IV was being put in and I was nervous. I don't have a good history with IVs. I was a child. I was scared out of my mind. Everything used to hurt me and people were always doing things that I was not comfortable with in a hospital setting. SO of course everytime a person came in the room. I was uncomfortable. It is just my past. The nurse came in and gave me a drug similar to Valium. Yep - I was "on a high" for about 30 minutes. The nurse gave it to me a little earlier to enjoy the high. haha I think I needed it..... After about an hour and half, Dr. Scheiber came in to say hey, and then the nurse said the words, OK say your goodbyes with hugs and kisses..Ugh I hate those words. I kissed my husband and said see you later. kissed my mother-in-law and said see you soon, and I was wheeled to the operating room.
The operating room was just as I remembered it from when I was 12. Lots of people, scurrying around, smiling, chatting, asking if I needed anything. It was freezing in there. My glasses were off so I could not see a thing! Just people...I was being hooked up to several machines by the anesthesiologist and as he was finishing, I saw another person walk in, and I knew it was Dr. S. He said well, hello Miss Katie. Are you ready to get going? I was smiling. His voice is so calming to me. I just laid back and listened to him as he directed the staff. I remember him saying, "She is from Chicago, let's make her trip worthwhile." Everybody chuckled and said, Oh we will! We will talk gooooood care of you. The next thing I remember is a mask being placed over my mouth and being told to think of a happy vacation destination and think of the details. And boom - I was waking up being wheeled out!
I was so groggy- and blind! I heard Dr. Scheiber's voice as I was being wheeled out and I asked. Did you find anything?! I vaguely remember him saying, "I removed some scar tissue and a few small polyps, but your uterus looks beautiful now. Now it's time to put some babies in there!" I started tearing with relief and happiness. I was relieved he didn't mutter the word cancer. I am forever scarred by that experience. It will always be a fear of mine. But to say it went perfectly, and to say it's baby time made me smile with tears of joy.
Pat and my mother-in-law came to see me in the recovery room after they talked with Dr. Scheiber. Pat went over everything in detail and said Dr. Scheiber is so happy with what he has to work with now. He removed some waxy scar tissue and a few small polyps. Nothing serious, but just fine tuned the uterus for implantation. My uterus is ready for him. He said he is eager to get moving with a cycle now. We are ready!
I am so happy I decided to move forward with the procedure. I feel in my gut it will help our chances next time. I couldn't be any happier with where we are at and having Dr. Scheiber as my doctor. He has been so amazing so far. He has exceeded my expectations already. He is such a perfect person to be working with us! I am so excited!
As for the recovery, I am back to work and feeling 100% back to normal. Thank you all for your well wishes! I had an amazing birthday and great news from my surgery! I can say I had a great bday present! Thank you to our support system. You really have no idea how much you help us as we go through all these crazy experiences. You help keep us moving forward! We can't thank you enough!