Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Updates! (Finally)

So in my last post I talked about getting a second opinion. I mean after two failed IVFs I figured what's the harm in that. So DH and I talked to a specialist at Pantai Hospital and she recommended a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy procedure, which I did last Monday. I was put under GA, which knocked me out cold within seconds. As much as I love GA, I don't enjoy the aftereffect. I hate waking up groggy and freezing cold in the recovery room. Thankfully the nurses covered me with a thermal blanket which helped somewhat. I also hate the fact that I slur when I talk after a procedure. It's as if I've forgotten how to speak properly. But I did survive the procedure Alhamdulillah.

I am so glad that DH was with me at all times at the hospital, at least until I sent him home to get a good night sleep. I had to share a room with another patient (there wasn't a single room available) and he would have nowhere comfortable to sleep so I sent him home. Lucky thing I did coz I remember being woken up in the middle of the night for my medication and I heard the nurse gently telling the husband of the other patient that he couldn't sleep in the room because I was in the next bed. It's a hospital policy kinda thing. DH came back the next morning to bring me porridge while waiting for the doctor to make her rounds. I had quite a lot of vaginal bleeding after the procedure which is quite common. She explained to me her findings on the surgery although not in detail. We were to see her yesterday for a follow up appointment where she explained everything.  We went to see her yesterday and the bad news is that Dr. Adilah confirmed that my left tube is indeed blocked, that I had a small cyst which she removed and that I have some endometriosis. The worst blow is that she said that there is some obstruction in my uterus. The funny thing is despite all this bad news, I didn't feel sad. I wanted to know if she has seen this kind of condition and whether it can be fixed, and she said yes to both, and that's a relief. I suppose that's all I want to know for now. I want to fix what needs to be fixed and take it from there.

So she prescribed me two types of antibiotics and a type of injectibles. The antibiotics will hopefully treat any infection that I might have (which explains the obstruction in the uterus) and the injectibles will have a menopausal effect i.e. to stop AF to treat my endometriosis. The doctor will also insert a contraption in my uterus to make a gap to clear the obstruction (think IUD) and to facilitate the growth of new tissue. After I take the last of my three injectibles, she will do an x-ray on me and/or a vaginal scan to see if the meds work. I might also have to do another laparoscopy to confirm that everything is in working order. The downside of these meds is that I will have headaches, tummy aches, nausea and I will be hormonal. I actually feel bad for my internal clients who will be more than likely to piss me off on more than one occasions. Oh and apparently the nurse at the ward was supposed to prescribe me antibiotics which were to be taken immediately, but instead she told me to wait for my appointment yesterday. She gave a four meds to be taken with me when I saw the doctor yesterday and when I showed her the antibiotics, the doctor almost fainted with panic. I was lucky that I didn't have any infection or that I hadn't contracted a fever. But my vaginal bleeding still hasn't stopped on account that I didn't take my antibiotics.

I can tell you right now that my tummy already has four scars from all these procedures, but I don't mind. They say scars tell stories, and I do have stories to tell our future child when he/she decides to enter the world. I just hope that our child will appreciate what me and DH have gone through to get him/her here.

The doctor gave me three weeks of medical leave, which surprised me since it was a simple procedure, but I took it anyway, although I'll have to start work tomorrow on account of it being performance review time which I have to complete if I want to get my bonus. I've been spending the days watching Downton Abbey from the beginning (I'm a little bit late to the party). Have you guys seen it? I love it! I have to say the stories of the servants interest me more than those of the lords and ladies of the manor, although Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess is my favourite character on the show.  Anyway, I got bored after a week of staying at home so last Friday I took DH out for dinner as a treat for him for taking such good care of me during my medical leave. He actually made lunch and dinner for me the whole week! I took him to La Risata, an Italian restaurant which has been around since forever but we never got the chance to try it out. I'm so happy to report that the food was delicious! We ordered the seafood pasta, the pizza carbonara and tiramisu for dessert and finished it off with a cup of macchiato each.

DH set up the day bed in front of the telly for me so I wouldn't have to move around too much

So that's the story of my adventure last week. I'll be going back to the real world tomorrow and will see the doctor again next Saturday for my first shot of the injectible. Will let you know how that turns out.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Hi Dear,
    Just would like to share with u the same experience that i've gone through somewhere in September 2012 :). I had undergone the same surgery (laparoscopy) by Dr Adilah due to endometriosis. She said both of my tubes blocked due to endometriosis and she had difficulties to remove all the blood clogged. I remember she said that my tube condition was so worse that I should only go for ICSI. Nevertheless, she said anything can happen with God's willing :), she prescribed me with 3 different antibiotics and 3 month lucrin depot injection to stop my AF :).
    Once I've completed my 3rd injection, i went for HSG with Dr Fatimah in Tawakkal Hospital (as per recommended by her), and Alhamdulillah, the tubes have been all cleared.
    Sorry i wrote too much, just feeling like sharing the experience since we had encountered the same treatment.
    Anyhow, baby dust!

    1. Hello there Lady! Looks like we are using the same protocol. Hopefully it can fix my tubes and endo just like it did yours. May I know if you are doing IVF/ICSI or any other treatment now?