Baby Raspberry Post #4 Post Op

It’s a week and a half since I had the operation. Luckily they managed to do what needed to be done through laparoscopy, rather than laparotomy, so I am recovering very well. I did stay in hospital overnight, as the op was mid afternoon. I was grateful for the overnight stay really, apart from the fact that the nurses were VERY loud and I didn’t sleep much until they gave me some morphine syrup(?) half way through the night.

One thing I didn’t cope with very well was overhearing plenty of conversations between the nurses about pregnancies. I won’t go into detail, but one of them was expecting, and what was happening to another patient in a separate room provoked a discussion between the nurses about all things relating to the announcement of pregnancies etc. Now, I had already felt upset and alone after the consultant had spoken to me the day before. He basically said he thought I had a frozen pelvis and didn’t know if he could carry out the procedure successfully. Then, there was the pregnancy test and the cheery, relieved way that the nurse told me it was negative. And now this. I lay there on my own, listening to the nurses talk about pregnancy and babies, wondering what the surgeon had found when he operated, wondering if I will ever be able to carry a child, even, will I ever be a mother?

I was given a card to fill in about my experience of the hospital, and there was a box on the back for comments. I filled it in with something like what I’ve just said above. I’m not going to stay silent, I thought. Not that I wanted to blame anyone, it was just that I wanted my perspective to be known. I gave it back to the sister and then a short while later she came to me and closed the curtains. I thought at first that she was going to have a go at me! But no, she said ‘I’ve just read your comment card, and I can only apologise’. She was lovely to me. I was so grateful. She told me she’d had her little girl through IVF so she was fully aware of all the doubts and fears around infertility. I felt better, I felt less alone.

The overnight stay also meant that I got to see the consultant on the rounds the next morning. Firstly, the registrar who was in the operation, and a consultant who wasn’t, came over with my file. I averted my eyes from the photographs! The consultant said they had removed the fallopian tubes and some cysts from the ovaries. Also the endometrial polyp was removed from the uterus. Scar tissue was successfully removed, so that the uterus was now moving freely. So far so good. The thing is, the cysts will keep coming back on the ovaries. It seems there will be no let-up. More bad news…the ovaries are stuck to the posterior of the uterus. Hmm. So will I have to use donor eggs for IVF, I asked? (I know these are not IVF specialists I’m talking to, but at this point I want any scrap of information or opinion I can get hold of!). The consultant (who wasn’t in the operating theatre, bear in mind) was very jolly and said ‘Oh, you are young, you should definitely try using your own eggs!’. And the registrar (who was in the op) had a very serious expression and didn’t say a word. Now, we all know I’m not young in reproduction terms – I’m 37. And my ovaries…stuck, and with cysts. That didn’t sound too great to me, but nevertheless; I let myself feel good about the possibility of using my own eggs.

Those two ladies left, and a bit later Mr D, the consultant who did operate came over, No file or anything, I think he wanted to just come and see me before I went home. I was dressed and waiting to be collected at this point, so we sat side by side on the bed. He said it wasn’t as bad as he thought it was going to be in there (!) But he warned me not to wait – to go straight to the private clinic to start IVF as soon as we can. No argument from me there. In fact I’m glad he said it, in a way, because I was able to tell my husband, who would otherwise be thinking that there’s no point going until after Christmas. He doesn’t know that reproductive hormones wait for no man (or woman). About the ovaries…could I use my own eggs? He said its really a problem of being able to physically get at the eggs, considering the position of the ovaries, and the recurrence of the cysts. I’m thinking maybe another ultrasound at the private clinic might be a good idea, just so we know what we’re dealing with.

So I’m home. All sorts of things have been going through my mind, as you can imagine. One thing I do know, and I am trying to do something about, is the fact that I need to be prepared for the possibility that none of this will work out, and perhaps I wont end up being a mother at all. It’s a bit scary. But I think that part of the way to deal with that – and something that I need to be doing anyway – is to really look at my self-esteem. It has never been that great, but now more than ever I want to actively try to improve it, to believe that I am a worthy person, that I’m loved and loving, and I need to recognise that this life of mine, well it’s the only one I’ve got. I’m all I’ve got, and I don’t want to waste anything by wishing I was different. I’m so fed up of feeling I’m on the outside of life looking in whilst everyone else has it all figured out.

If anyone has any tips as to what has worked for them in terms of improving self-esteem, please share – I would be most grateful 🙂

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Baby Raspberry Post #4 Post Op”

  1. I am glad the surgery went well and you have a path to follow.
    I expect it will be a tough one…keep building a support network. Find others who have been where you are.

    Brene brown. The gifts of imperfection. It’s my bible.

    For me, self esteem…or trust and faith in myself…has come with longer term sobriety. As time goes by I see that I have made choices to change my life for the better and I let go of self limiting thoughts.

    Hug. Take care. Heal.

    Anne

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  2. Wow, what an experience to go through. I’m glad you are through this bit and seem to have the next steps set out.
    I’ve been through fertility challenges and it’s nice t been easy. I agree with Anne, build up support. And also, my self esteem and self love has increased dramatically with sobriety. Practicing self care and self compassion. I recommend finding some Buddhist metta mediations- loving kindness- and practicing for yourself. Also maybe therapy? For me it was helpful to identify the negative core beliefs I had and then work to change them with a therapist.
    Keep writing!! It’s so good to read your process. I am rooting for you. No matter what, if you become a mother or not, you are a valuable person worthy of love and loving. Xo

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    1. It’s not easy, is it?! I will definitely look into meditation. I did see a therapist earlier this year but didn’t quite gel with the gestalt theray she used. I need to think a bit more about whether to see her or a different one.
      Thank you for your encouragement ☺

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  3. That was a lot of information for you to process.
    I am glad you are through these procedures.
    My self-esteem has gotten stronger the longer I have been sober, too.
    I am learning to say what I need calmly.
    It also has gotten stronger the more I do by myself.
    xo
    Wendy

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  4. Sending you tons of support!! I’d recommend seeing fertility specialists to ask about egg retrieval. We saw 2 and I was glad we did. It’s amazing what they can do in most cases. Another tip that has helped with my self esteem – affirmations! I even wrote them on cards to carry around. And lots of self care. I’m taking baths all the time lately with different fun bath bombs. Face marks for my skin, painting my fingernails, getting a massage, whatever makes me feel nourished and good.

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    1. I am now using a face mask for the first time in months!

      Before I go back to work on thursday I’m also going to start throwing things out, a la Marie Kondo. I’ve decided self care also includes keeping only the things that make me feel good. 😀

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