So I had my appointment this morning to go over MRI findings. Unfortunately there were no definitive answers so we didn’t get the big flashing lights we were hoping for (you know it would be so much easier if it all happened that way – like a big flashing arrow that pointed to exactly where the problem was). Good news is that there were no masses or tumors. Bad news is that there was some abnormality on the left side (which is my problem area) but it was hard to tell just what it was. There was nothing with the MRI by itself that screamed “Let’s do surgery” but once paired with my history, pain levels and my hormonal response to the Clomid, we feel its the best decision to make. My doctor thinks that given all of the evidence the positive benefits of having surgery outweigh the risks.
So it looks like I’m having surgery #5 as early as next Friday (which is the date we are shooting for). It gives me time to recover and still be somewhat useful from home once the students return to campus. Since we are planning on this being a laparatomy (open-incision) surgery, I’m looking at a 6 week recovery which will put week 6 on our vacation week to Disney which of course had me worried. Since we’re flying instead of driving and staying on site, my doctor doesn’t think I’ll have any issues. I will need naps but as long as I don’t do anything crazy, I should still be able to have a good time.
I was thinking that I would have more time to prepare (both mentally & physically) and while I’m nervous, I’m hopeful that maybe this will allow me to regain part of my life back!
I am trying to line up some guest posts during the first week of my recovery & while I know it’s short notice, please let me know if you are interested! Posts don’t have to be specifically chronic illness related but can include topics like parenting (summer fun/adoption/toddlers/mom humor), faith, or even home life (easy recipes/organization tips/etc). If you are interested, please shoot me an email at anewkindofnormal AT gmail DOT com.
UPDATE: Surgery is officially scheduled for Friday August 12th!