Hysterscopy and Polyp Removal

I want to post my experience with my hysterscopy and polyp removal mainly because before my surgery, I was looking for these types of personal experiences.

I think it’s important to note that I only had 1 polyp and it was very small.   I arrived in the surgery room at around 10:15am and was coming out of anesthesia at 11am.  Afterwards, the main pre-op nurse saw me, and said “That was QUICK!”   When I woke up in post-op, I had some aching and also what felt like heavy period cramps.  I was given Percaset, but they made me eat and drink something small first, so it wouldn’t upset my stomach.  I was home by 11:30, and that is only because we stopped to pick-up the worlds most fattening sandwich and a chocolate peanut butter brownie.  I figured I earned it.   5 hours post OP I  felt a little groggy.   There was also some slight bleeding the day of, but it stopped by evening.  Now, a day later I have some aching and discomfort but it’s nothing too painful.  I was told to take extra strength tylonol, so that’s what I am doing.

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Worry, worry, worry.

This is what I did over the weekend. I organized my IVF meds.  I made my husband leave the house at 5PM Labor Day Monday and drive me 30 minutes each way to The Container Store.

Why?  Because I am losing my mind. 

There are a lot of things in my life right now that I cannot control.   Organizing my meds brought me a modicum of peace.  So I went with it.  And Tim, who is currently up for the husband of the year award, understood.  

I am so so so worried.

I briefly wondered if it would be better or worse for me to try to organize my worries here.  But I’ve decided to do it.  I think (read: hope) it will help me in some way.

Tomorrow I am having a Hysterscopy to remove a polyp.    It’s a tiny nothing of a polyp, and normally it would be no big deal.  We’d watch it, and wait.   Unless of course you are moving forward with IVF in 3 fucking weeks.   The little bastard of a polyp is sitting exactly where they will drop my embryo(s).  Single embryo I think.  That is another issue I am worrying about.

So I am worried about this (minor) surgery.  I do not want to be knocked out.    

I am worried about all these hormones I have to take.  Hormones + blood clotting factors.  Hormones possibly leading to ovarian cysts.  Hormones leading to Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrom (OHSS).

I am worried about being knocked out again in October for my egg retrieval.  I am worried I will not produce enough eggs.  I am worried the eggs will not be mature enough.  That Tim will have sperm issues.  That the eggs will not fertilize.     That we will only get a few quality eggs, or (please god no) no quality eggs at all.

I am worried we will have to stop my IVF cycle on day 5 and freeze the embryos.  

Although, I think, this is a lesser worry.  I have known from the start that we have a 50/50 chance of my clinic doing a Fresh Embryo transfer in October.  It all depends on the rate at which the embryos are developing.  Best case scenario is that we have a few rock star embryos that are ready to be PGD’ed on day 5, and then they can be transferred on Day 6.  In any other situation, they will freeze the batch of them, and we will do a frozen transfer in November or December.

I confess I am not completely against this.   My clinics frozen transfer rate is almost as high as its fresh transfer rate. 

We are 99% sure we are doing a Single Embryo Transfer (SET).   This doesn’t seem to be a popular route in the IVF world, in fact, everyone I talk to, both online, and in person, transferred 2 embryos.  However, I am already considered high risk, so twins are simply not allowed.    PGD means we will be implanting the best quality embryo we have.  It gives us the best shot.

I am already second guessing this.   And if it doesn’t work the first time.  I will have a huge what-if.  WHAT-IF we transferred 2? 

I do think writing this out helped.  In fact, I have already gone back and deleted 2 worries.  I called my doctor after I listed them, and the nurse answered both my questions and put my mind at ease.  So that’s something.